Thoroughly Modern

Leonardo di Caprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby

‘Everything today is thoroughly modern‘… sang Julie Andrews in the 1967 movie Thoroughly Modern Millie? Can it really be?

Fashion reinvents itself time and time again. We see it on runways constantly – Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection – fabulous flappers all the way. Stunning black and gold fringing, shiny metallics, swinging fringes and to die for draping. In 1974 Theoni V. Aldredge won the Oscar for Best costume design for “The Great Gatsby”. Let’s see if Catherine Martin can do the same for Aussie Director Baz Luhrmann’s remake, starring Hollywood heart throb Leonardo DiCaprio and all new sweetheart Carey Mulligan.

The lifestyle of Gatsby and the character’s costumes will be revealed in glorious colour and 3D. Luhrmann said recently he believed the latest three-dimensional foray in technology also suits the idea, because author J.F. Fitzgerald was a modernist, heavily influenced by the cinema.

Italy’s fav designer Etro’s Spring/ 2012 collection mirrored the 20’s feel too. Gorgeous drop waists detailed beading and, ethereal fabrics.


No doubt we will be seeing this trend in the High Street stores. Jigsaw is already doing a great black and gold drop waist number.

Collette Dinnigan, an Australian showing at Paris

Our super stylish and talented Collette Dinnigan has always used luxurious fabrics and sumptuous beading in her collections. These translate perfectly into a 1920s story.

My prediction for hair is that the “bob” will be huge again, and we might even be seeing finger waves, although with a modern twist. Ralph Lauren did some gorgeous beaded skullcaps in his collection for added glamour.

So whether you decide to go full flapper, or just invest in and add a stunning Art Deco antique brooch to your favourite outfit, enjoy this season where everything old is new again.

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