Mimic Hollywood’s glittering turn towards the 20s
With the re-make and now release of Baz Luhrmann's Hollywood take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, collections from the SS13 shows and now those from our favourite brands, have shown a subtle shift towards that playful Jazz Age aesthetic. Overt opulence mixed with simple, freeing lines and lavish ornamentation defined a time in New York when wealth and frivolity came hand in hand. Pearls, pleats, feathers a-plenty and wafting silhouettes designed to allow the wearer to dance all night was the look du jour.
For now, it's the peppering of a sequin, a dropped waist or a statement t-bar shoe that add just a touch of 1920s charm to our (getting) warmer nights out. The look is ultra feminine and easy-wearing, as dress cuts were loosened and hem-lines rebelled against the strict corsetry of the previous decades. Flippy hems, deep necklines and daringly sheer, tactile textures added an air of drama and allure to a lady's look.
For the full works this summer, Jigsaw have the perfect flapper piece, in either a muted silver grey or a lightly shining oyster shade, sporting delicate beadwork, excessive sequin detailing and a flowing midi length. Or for a full length show-stopper, Adrianna Papell's fish-tailed beaded beauty in a blue toned slate shade takes the expected splendour to new heights. And of course for a true Daisy B-inspired look, statement jewels are needed at the ears: try Susan Caplan's Vintage Bridal selection for one-of-a-kind diamanté and pearl pieces, or Carolee's selection of sparkling stoned drop earrings in a selection of rich blue hues. And for the feet, heels need to be chic, preferably sparkling and comfortable enough to dance in. The t-bar is a must, from the modern patent points from Dune in a shiny black and white, to the suede platform Jacor stilettos by Pied A Terre in classic black.
For a softer, less obvious approach to the trend, it's all about adding accents, or combating the glitz with tougher, of-the-moment separates. A dress like Boutique by Jaeger's cute jewel-collared piece is simple and fresh in cut and colour, but alludes to the fun of the decade with the pop of embellishment and dropped hem. As does the same style top in ivory, playfully adding opulence with floral-designed diamanté clusters at the collar. Or there's Adrianna Papell's shorter-hemmed party ready dress selection, combining flattering ruching with tighter tailoring on its ink-toned Veiled Sequin dress, and a more delicate take on all-over sparkle on the deep navy Blouson Beaded mini. To tone down or modernise the razzle dazzle of all the above, throw a boyfriend blazer over the top for a boy-meets-girl mix.
It's a trend which counteracts the simplistic wearability of this season's key styles: clean, confident tailoring and the bold yet stark statement monochrome makes is a look to delight in. Opposing the masculine look of the moment, which shows no sign of waning just yet (the trouser suit is still summer's game-changing choice), the glittering, flowing lushness that the look allows offers the excuse to play the the most luxurious game of dress up. If only for this summer, rock the smattering of a sequin and embrace the glitter.