Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gatsby Glamour: the Cloche

The Great Gatsby silver screen adaptation may have been pushed out from its Christmas release, but the twinkling excitement surrounding the production hasn’t faded.

One facet of the film generating lots of attention is fashion. Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar spotlighted the glittering, pleated and gathered styles that defined the Roaring Twenties, and Marc Jacobs models strutted spring runways in pinstripes and feathers representative of the early 1900s.

photo courtesy harpersbazaar.com

I’m not inclined to chop my hair into a bob, but the bohemian and freeing attitude of the era is inspiring enough to incite a purchase of some sort in acknowledgment of the Charleston-dancing women of nearly a century ago.

The defining accessory of the times was the cloche hat. I suggest keeping your flapper dress in the closet and donning this headpiece as a subtle salute to Fitzgerald’s famous characters.

photo courtesy anthropologie.com

Anthropologie’s interpretation is too adorable to pass up, even if it wasn’t up-to-the-minute culturally relevant. The close-fitting hat, made of Italian wool, is energized by a vivacious blue-paisley scarf secured across the crown. One side of the brim is pulled down mischievously for an alluring magnetism that is femininely empowering. Kind of makes you want to kick up your heels, eh, old sport?

I’m not advocating excess, but watch the Baz Luhrmann Gatsby trailer, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, and just try not to get caught up.

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