The Great Gatsby: The Wardrobe

Jewelry & Watches

I haven’t done a wardrobe recap for a while, partially because I’ve been watching less movies/TV lately, but also because the programs I do watch usually end up being about superheroes/clones. So,I haven’t had as much fashion fodder. The other night though, I was flipping through available movies on HBO and decided to finally watch The Great Gatsby. I thought I would have wanted to see it right when it came out, but the reviews were so uneven that I decided to sit it out.


Well, I was very glad that I finally took the plunge! I really enjoyed the movie. Yes, it wasn’t a cinematic masterpiece but I do believe that Baz Lurhmann and all involved put forth an incredible amount of effort to create a beautiful, gorgeous movie. There were so many incredible scenes and images to take in that my only complaint is that sometimes the movie felt like it was going too quickly. I would have wanted more time to enjoy the visual feast.

The same attention of course, was paid to the styling and fashion in the movie – very fitting and appropriate, since Fitzgerald himself was very conscious about the dress choices of his characters. In this movie recap, I largely focus on Daisy Buchanan, with some guest appearances by Jordan Baker. Onwards we go!

The first hint of Daisy we get in the movie? It’s not clothing, but rather jewelry….her very, very pretty wedding set. I wouldn’t mind one of these, for my right hand…and while we’re in fantasy land, make mine yellow!

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Next, we see more of Daisy but just her face and jewels. And what spectacular bracelets and earrings they are. Daisy’s jewelry pieces are ones that I felt just seemed to whiz by in the movie, so I was happy to have an opportunity to really capture them in stills.

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Ah…a bit of Jordan Baker! The only female (that I can think of) we see wearing top and pants combinations in the movie (versus dresses). Love the long pearls. Daisy is described as having been given a strand of pearls worth something like ~ $4 million in today’s money….you can get an endless version by Majorca for $400.

The ring is really gorgeous, as well. The second photo is from a later scene, but I had to include it for the ring. What stone do you think it would have been?

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And finally, a brief shot of Daisy’s actual outfit. It’s floaty, light colored and ethereal – which describes what she wears for most of the movie.

Next, a party at Gatsby’s, where we see Jordan Baker make another appearance, wearing this great visor/mask/headpiece/I don’t know what to call it. And some great stacked bracelets.

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Love the dramatic neckline of the dress (you can se more of the actual texture of the gown as well as the embellishments if you scroll all the way up and look at the movie poster).

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Next up, we have Daisy’s first reunion with Gatsby. I love the little details found in all areas of her wardrobe, including these tiny daisy flowers sewn into the shoulder fabric of her dress. Seems like the kind of detail that Chanel would have these days (with a price tag to match).

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A more complete shot of Daisy’s cocktail dress. I’m not the biggest fan of this look compared to others she wears in the film, but I do love the matching gloves.

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Now, having fun with Gatsby (by the way, doesn’t Leo look so young and Titanic era here)? This is actually one of my favorite looks that Daisy wears in the movie, even though it’s quite out of character for her. I just love the headscarf and the kimono – a little bit Talitha Getty. She just looks so casual and fun.

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The embroidery on the back of the kimono. So super cool. I think this is one of the coolest pieces you can lounge around the house in. I love this version by Natori, by the way – and there’s also a long caftan version.

Next up, probably the most famous look from the movie – Daisy’s outfit the first time she attends one of Gatsby’s infamous parties, courtesy of Micuccia Prada. I have to confess that I love the baby blue fur and feathers – I have a little baby blue fur something myself that I can’t wait to use come fall!

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This film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in a scene from "The Great Gatsby." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Matt Hart)

via Warner Bros

A nice detailed shot of her headpiece and all of her jewelry. I love those bracelets (and everything else). Those looking for a similar bracelet style can look at this toggle version, via Judith Jack for under $200.

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And then of course, a full length shot of the dress. Seeing this makes me want to go trawl eBay for great past season Blumarine and Alberta Ferretti gowns.

Now switching the scenery, and back to Jordan Baker in neat short sleeved dress. Love her style – less feminine than Daisy, more clean lines.

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And finally, one of the final looks we see Daisy in – those beautiful tulle gown. This reminds me of all the amazing Vera Wang wedding gowns I’d play with when going in for fittings.

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Couldn’t leave without one more closer look at her earrings! Love, love the dangling sparklers. There’s a reason why this period was so amazing for jewelry.

Usually I end my wardrobe recaps with 3-4 lessons that I’ve learned from each movie. The Great Gatsby however, didn’t hold as many “practical” fashion lessons for me. I didn’t have a lot of takeaways for my everyday life, like “it’s okay to wear a couture gown to a casual dinner,” or “pair your $3 million long strand of pearls with even more diamonds and pearls, for a funky layered look.”

Instead, I left with an overall renewed inspiration to seek out beautiful and unique pieces, in not just clothes and jewelry (though those of course too, ha) but also decor, flowers, scenery. I’m not saying that everything needs to be beautiful – it’s much more appropriate for my everyday life that things largely be functional first – but there is something to be said about appreciating beauty for the sake of its pure enjoyment.

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Jewelry & Watches

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When it comes to watches, we’re not easily impressed. From glittering diamonds to technical artistryand from high tech models to some that are just fun, we’ve seen it all. Despite this, some brands still capture our fancy thanks to their commitment to beauty, quality and imagination and Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements collection definitely falls into this category. It’s been two years since the collection was first launched and now at long last four new designs have been released. Ten talented artisans have reinterpreted traditional art forms like Ottoman architecture, Chinese embroidery, Indian manuscripts and French lacework and have continued the tradition of creative openworking.

Each watch features a hand-engraved movement: calibre ultra-thin 1003 in 18K gold. The stunning the front-facing décor is precise to almost the tenth of a millimetre, while on the back features a chamfered and hand-drawn finish that creates a refined look.

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This model has a deep purple strap which echoes the colors used in the distinctive dial as well as the 18k white gold case. Artisans employed Grand Feu champlevé enamelling and hand engraving techniques to create this India-inspired design. Boasting a total of 85 round-cut diamonds this watch sports a total of approximately 1.1 carats worth of diamonds.

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The French Lacework model features a translucent hand-guilloché Grand Feu enamelled dial, an openworked 18kt gold plate, a setting of 5 garnet-colored sapphires and 48 round cut diamonds. The base of the gold dial possesses a guilloché motif that lends depth to the stunning design. The French lacework model flaunts 193 round-cut diamonds, for a total of about 1.4 carats and 5 garnet-colored sapphires for a total of around. 0.04 carats. The scarlet color of the sapphires is replicated in the alligator strap.

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This Ottoman inspired watch is characterised by hand chamfering and a natural white mother-of-pearl base beneath a gold grid work studded with half-pearl beads. It also boasts a millegrain ring and 85 round-cut diamonds that comprise about 1.1 carats. Its burgundy strap perfectly complements its unique design.

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This Chinese embroidery watch may just be our favourite thanks to its use of the stone- cloisonné technique with jade. Its dial is sculpted from mother-of-pearl and features a pink opal shaped in accordance with the glyptic art and surrounded by hand engraved gold leaves and pistils. It has a pale pink strap and features a total of 145 round-cut diamonds adding up to around 1.2 carats with the jade and opal adding up to approximately 2.4 carats.
Each watch has the Swiss manual-wind Vacheron in-house caliber 1003 SQRH2 movement crafted in 18kt gold which is ultra-thin, openworked and hand-engraved. It has 18 jewels, 18,000 vph and a power reserve of 31 hours. Each case is 18kt of white or pink gold and comes with double sapphire crystals with water resistance to 30 meters. The alligator leather straps come with an 18kt white or pink gold buckle in the shape of a half Maltese cross-shaped set with 21 round-cut diamonds. These watches bear the much coveted Hallmark of Geneva and will only be available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques.

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Ana Khouri Jewelry: The Punk Princess

Jewelry & Watches

Ana Khouri Jewelry

Ana Khouriicon takes personal expression to another level…another stratosphere, really! Both Tina and I have fawned over the Brazilian designer’s hand cuffs before (they’re not what you’d think), and with each new piece I discover, I find myself more and more intrigued. The latest are elevated, super-chic, punk jewels – and yes, I know this seems like an oxymoron, but that contradiction is exactly what makes these work – that you can sport everywhere from the trendiest, new club to the opera. How’s that for wearability?

Isabel Ring:icon Why wear one ring when you can wear four? (This is also a good rationalization for the price.) 

Patricia Earrings:icon For those of us who love the classic, sophisticated look of pearls, but long for a fresher, more modern take. Two’s company, three’s a crowd, and four’s an earring! 

Half Arachnid Earrings:icon While you may be afraid of spiders, arachnophobia won’t keep you from these elegantly-crafted creepy-crawlies. 

Pavé Nose Clip:icon Though most of us have thought about what it would be like to have a nose ring, very few take the plunge. And with this diamond-encrusted clip, you don’t have to! Just make sure you don’t sneeze too hard and lose a grand. 

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Ela Rae Necklaces: Let’s Get Personal

Jewelry & Watches

Ela Rae Necklaces

When it comes to holiday shopping for the Snob who has everything, it’s best to get personal. You want pieces that your loved ones will take comfort in wearing day in and day out, and that’s exactly how I feel about my Ela Rae necklaces. I’m always picking out one (or five!) to wear, often layering the diamond and semi-precious stones together for a look that isn’t just chic – it’s sentimental. Though my favorite is, of course, the boy’s initial, I also love the elephant (with its trunk pointed up for good luck). Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but her talismans are even greater, and when you can find gifts at attainable prices that include both…well, you just might be done holiday shopping for the women in your life, and it’s not even Black Friday yet! Ela Rae necklaces available at Ela Rae from $108 – $1,798.

Ela Rae Necklaces

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