Wednesday 15 May 2013

The Great Gatsby Flapper Dresses and Cannes Premiere

'The Great Gatsby'

Another post about Gatsby!

The breathless anticipation surrounding Baz Luhrmann's remake of Fitzgerald's classic depiction of the American Dream has reached fever pitch. I don't know what I'm more excited about - the film or the fashion.

Okay, it's the fashion.

The film premieres in Cannes today and the stars haven't  disappointed. Carey Mulligan wowed in a black jumpsuit by Balenciaga - her trademark minimalism striking a marked contrast with her character, Daisy Buchanan's ornate dresses. However, she did give a nod to the 1920s with her YSL t-bar shoes.

Isla Fisher opted for a crisp white (NOT 'an elaborate afternoon dress of cream-coloured chiffon') Dolce & Gabbana sleeveless dress. I love this dress (the shoes not so much) - white is perfect for summer, but if you can't quite stretch to Dolce heights, then Anthropologie offers a more affordable but just as sweet option.

Gatsby Cannes Carey
Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga by Alexander Wang at Cannes - 'The Great Gatsby' photocall

Isla Cannes Gatsby
Isla Fisher in Dolce & Gabbana at Cannes - 'The Great Gatsby' photocall

Image credits: Getty and Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Last week I was talking to a group of teenagers about their summer ball and the outfits they're hoping their generous parents will buy for them. The trend was definitely 'Gatsby'.

If you're going to a wedding, ball or party this summer and want to channel Gatsby glamour then I've picked my favourite dresses. The prices range from £135 to a cool £2,245. Well, in the spirit of Jay Gatsby: we can dream, can't we?

red flapper dress
A touch of excess - this red silk dress is the epitome of 1920s glamour. Lanvin Silk-charmeuse gown £2,245

Joy yellow flapper dress
'We sat down at a table with the two girls in yellow" - Frock and Frill Zelda Dress - Joy £135

blue flapper dress
One of my favourite dresses. Beautifully cut to give some definition to the waist while still looking authentic. Lily Rose Dress from Mes Demoiselles £215

beaded 1920s dress

'In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.' Gorgeous Adrianna Papell beaded dress - John Lewis £330
Jigsaw flapper dress
Channel Daisy Buchanan in this intricately beaded Flapper Dress - Jigsaw £325

Enjoy, old sport.

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