Winter Fashion By Decade- 1920's

Brrrr! It's freezing this winter! When it's cold like this, I live in sweaters, hats and scarves and static un-styled hair. An injection of vintage in my daily life hardly appears. Unlike the Summer when retro dresses are a plenty! That got me thinking more and more about what was fashionable, in the past, in the Winter. Perhaps, I need some inspiration. So for the next few weeks, we are going to explore Winter Fashion By Decade. 

Women in the 1920's hardly seem bothered by the cold. Silk and knit underwear was popular as well as layers of wool and velvet. 

Wool velour and fur trim! These coats do look warm and glamorous! No goose down and polartec, though like we have today.

The Collegiate sportswear look was becoming popular outside of sports for the first time, as well as on the slopes. Women could be casual in sweaters, tweeds, and argyles during the day.

But of course, glamour girls have got to be glamorous. The bigger the fur trim the better! Many furs popular in the 1920's have become extinct or protected.

Louise Brooks, giving us the ultimate in 1920's winter glamour. I need that coat!


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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Art de Vivre

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

I love the kind of Indian Summer off season feel to this spread with an homage to the 1920's and 1930's. I also love the combo of sweaters and polka-dot tights!  To celebrate L'Officiel Netherlands 5th anniversary they shot this feature in the celebrated French resort town of Deauville. Appropriate for the era that influences them.  Clothes are from Louis Vuitton. 

Model: Daphne Velghe

Photographer: Sol Sanchez

Retro Looks in the Modern World Bobbins And Bombshells
Retro Looks in the Modern World Bobbins And Bombshells
Retro Looks in the Modern World Bobbins And Bombshells
Retro Looks in the Modern World Bobbins And Bombshells
Retro Looks in the Modern World Bobbins And Bombshells

Bombshells: Daisy Buchanan

F. Scott Fitzgerald's anti-heroine in his novel The Great Gatsby may not be someone to look up to, but you can't deny her style. Mia Farrow and Carey Mulligan have both played the 1920's flapper in the film versions of The Great Gatsby, 1974 and 2013 respectively, with such naturalness that you may start to think that expensive things are all that matters.  Daisy is the "golden girl" and has a "voice full of money" and the wardrobe to match. 

Here is Daisy as portrayed by Mia Farrow and Carey Mulligan: 

style icon, daisy buchanan, mia farrow
style icon, daisy buchanan, carey mulligan
style icon, daisy buchanan, carey mulligan
style icon, daisy buchanan, mia farrow
style icon, daisy buchanan, carey mulligan

Have you seen both versions? Which one is your favorite? Who is your favorite Daisy? 

Retro Looks in the Modern World: Sun Goddess

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

Inspired by the 1920's resort hot spot, Deauville, Harper's Bazaar Singapore gets sunny with marcel waves and retro swimwear. A glam way to sit surf side. 

Model: Veronika

Photographer: Gan

Bombshells: Flapper Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford was destined and determined to be a star. To get herself noticed she became a Flapper along the likes of Clara Bow. She was signed to MGM in 1925 and started her career in silent movies. I love the Joan Crawford of the 1920's and 1930's. When we think of Joan Crawford, we think of a severe glamour of the 1940's, we think of Mommie Dearest. In her early career she was spirited, relaxed and very stylish!

A young Crawford with a blonde bob! 

Pencil thin brows. So glamorous! 

A quintessential Flapper! 

Those eyes! 

Even glamorous in relaxed American sportswear. 


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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Speechless

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.


This week we go back to the 1920's silent film era with a knock off of the modern retro film The Artist

This is the Fall/Winter 2012 lookbook for Americana Manhasset featuring Karlie Kloss. I love the coat in the third one down. The 20's are going to be big this fall!! 






Retro Looks In The Modern World: City Flapper

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

Soft looks, veils, and fringe grace this 1920's inspired editorial from the March 2012 issue of Elle Denmark. 
Model: Ilva Heitman
Photographer: Oliver Stalmans




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Retro Looks In The Modern World: In Grande Style

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.
I love everything about this flapperesque editorial for Vogue Italia March 2010 called In Grande Style.
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Model:Freja Beha Erichsen





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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Paris Je T'Aime

As much as the fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. My new blog feature is Retro Looks In The Modern World where I will showcase retro themes and inspirations found in modern magazines, designer collections, and more!
Last week I saw The September Issue, the documentary about Anna Wintour and the making of Vogue magazine. If you haven't seen it, you must! Vogue often features vintage inspired editorials. In the film, they are editing the September 2007 issue and featured a 1920's themed fashion spread called Paris Je T'Aime. Styled by Grace Coddington and shot my Steven Meisel. Here are some amazing shots from that feature:




Swimwear By Decade- 1920's

In the 1920's swimwear started revealing the body more then ever before. The modern maillot was invented. The adrogynous athletic tank style of the maillot suited the fashions of the 20's as women became liberated from long skirts. Even though they were made in wool jersey and often worn with little booties these suits are the forerunners of the suits we wear today.

This picture is tiny, but the girls here "jazz" up their suits with flapper hats!

Although this pic doesn't actually show swim suits, it is too adorable not to share. Parasols were your best sun protection back then.

I love these ladies!

They have it all, decorated maillots, parasol, hats, and musical instruments.

Adorable!

My "Fashionable History" segment this summer is Swimwear by Decade.

Last week was the 1900's.

Next week, 1930's!


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