April 24, 2013
How To Get Gatsby Glamour
Baz Luhrmann Crafts a Stylized Gatsby for the Hip-Hop Generation
By Nancy Staab
LuxeCrush PresentsYour Style Guide to Summer’s Most Anticipated Movie: from the Jewels (Tiffany), Lavish Sets, Costumes (Prada and Brooks Brothers), Soundtrack (Jack White to Lana Del Rey) and Champagne (Moët-Chandon)!
The movie isn’t even out yet (it premieres May 10) and already Baz Luhrmann’s remake of the film and literary classic, The Great Gatsby, has generated masses of buzz. This is the director who remade Romeo and Juliet and set the tragedy in a gang-ridden, modern-day Mexico City and produced the over-the-top musical extravaganza known as Moulin Rouge; so Luhrmann’s not likely to suddenly go subtle with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic 1925 novel. In fact, the novel almost begs for an exuberant, outsize, 3-D production from a dreamer as large as Jay Gatsby, himself, and his equally ostentatious lifestyle. There is something very modern about this distinctly American story of aspiration, glamour, unrequited love, old versus new-made money, and re-made identities that, though set in the Jazz Age, remains resonant in our 21st-century social media age.
It remains to be seen if Luhrmann’s frenzied interpretation will match the poignant but stylish 1974 version, with an expertly cast Robert Redford as the tainted, yet somehow innocent, Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow as his thrillingly unattainable, flighty flapper girl Daisy (clothed exquisitely in Ralph Lauren fashions). Regardless, expect nothing less than a larger-than-life, hip-hop-fueled and Champagne-soaked spectacle when Luhrmann’s version of Gatsby hits the big screen in May. The film features Leonard DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in the lead roles of the star-struck lovers. (Mulligan wrested the coveted role from contenders like Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively.] Below is the official preview for the film, which was selected to open Cannes Film Festival on May 15, and a stylistic guide to the movie’s main cultural signifiers—the flashy cars, the fashion, the jewels, the bespoke suits and the posh sips—plus a sonic preview of the Jay-Z-produced soundtrack.
LINK TO OFFICIAL GREAT GATSBY MOVIE TRAILER HERE:
Catherine Martin, designer and wife of Lurhmann, oversaw all the fashion and set details of the film, including the grand, Gold Coast mansions that Gatsby and Daisy might have inhabited in 1920’s Long Island. According to a preview provided to Architectural Digest magazine, Gatsby’s nouveau mansion is a study in ostentation with turrets, fountain, and a showy ballroom with gold-filigreed ceiling, a marquetry floor inlaid with Gatsby’s initials, crystal chandeliers and a serpentine staircase for a grand entrance. Meanwhile, Daisy and Tom Buchanan’s manse is more Old World with formal French parterre gardens but, inside, fitted with the latest Hollywood Regency furnishings and contemporary art.
Tiffany & Co.was tapped to create opulent, Deco-inspired jewels for the film, as one of America’s premiere jewelers. They looked to their own archives of 1920’s jewels for inspiration for the Great Gatsby Collection as well as the 1920’s inspired Ziegfield Collection. The two collections include long ropes of flapper’s pearls; diamonds “as big as the Ritz” that evoke Deco skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building; delicate platinum-and-diamond headbands; chic, black onyx cufflinks engraved with Jay Gatsby’s initials; a sterling silver and black enamel flask (for all that bootleg hooch); a black onyx ring with diamond surround; and a brooch in the shape of a daisy with a Tiffany yellow diamond at its center. Prices range from $350 for the Gatsby cufflinks to $200,000 for the Savoy Headpiece
For more info: press.tiffany.com/News/NewsItem.aspx?id=208
OK so there was probably a lot of bathtub gin circulating in the Prohibition Era but it wasn’t the Roaring Twenties for nothing… and that included massive magnums of primo, imported Champagne. Moët-Chandon to be exact. The storied Champange maker is featured prominently in the film’s celebration scenes with flowing glasses of Moet Impérial, magnums, and festive champagne pyramids. The Champagne house even re-created the label for its famed 1921 vintage for the movie and in tribute to the new release, created a Moet Imperial Gatsby cocktail. The drink will be served exclusively at The Plaza hotel in New York, but you can make it yourself with the official recipe below. And FYI for all you literary geeks: the lime twist and use of Green Chartreuse signify the green dock light that symbolized Daisy (and Gatsby’s aspirations) in the novel.
The Moet Imperial Gatsby Cocktail
5oz. Moet Imperial
1 sugar cube soaked in .25 oz. Green Chartreuse
One spiral lime twist
Drop pre-soaked sugar cube into a Champagne flute or wine glass. Fill to the top with chilled Champagne. Garnish with lime spiral twist, and serve.
Muiccia Prada re-worked looks from her own recent Prada and Miu Miu lines to create 41 female costumes for the film. Though initially she was skeptical of creating vintage looks, Miuccia signed on when she realized that Lurhmann and Martin wanted modern clothes with a 20’s inspiration rather than archival pieces. The result is a collection of fringed and beaded evening dresses with flapper dropped waists, striped fur stoles and sequined numbers that translate in today’s high-fashion world. Martin said to Vogue UK: “Our collaboration with Prada recalls the European flair that was emerging amongst the aristocratic East Coast crowds in the Twenties. The fashions of the time saw the development of a dichotomy between those who aspired to the privileged, Ivy League look of wealthy Long Island and those who were aspiring to European glamour, sophistication and decadence. Our collaborations with Prada reflect the collision of these two aesthetics."
Meanwhile, the equally dapper male characters were suited up in tuxes and pastel linen suits inspired by vintage Brooks Brothers pieces. Ensembles from the movie like a burgundy, black and white striped Regatta Jacket are now available at Brooks Brothers, along with other Gatsby-inspired pieces such as a pink striped linen jacket; a tipped wool blazer woven in Italy; white buck wingtips; a straw boater hat with red-and-navy striped ribbon, and onyx and gold cufflinks. Prices range from $65 for a set of Irish linen handkerchiefs with hemmed edges to $148 for a walking cane with boxer dog tip or $848 for a Gatsby-esque tuxedo jacket with silk faille lapels.
For more info visit: www.brooksbrothers.com/The-Great-Gatsby-Collection/gatsby,default,sc.html
Rumor has it that the $125 million-dollar film production invested money in several vintage cars, valued at up to $3 million, to insure the stylistic quality of the film. After all, Gatsby can’t sport bespoke suits, Tiffany & Co cufflinks and quaff Moet Imperial, while cruising in a less-than-first-rate ride. Reports in the blogosphere indicate that producers bought two Dusenberg Js and a 1929 Packard from the Volvo Auto Museum in Illinois. Above is a look at one of the vintage beauties from the new film.
In a stroke of genius, Lurhmann asked reigning Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z to produce the soundtrack to the movie, out May 7. Lurhmann explained this decision in an interview with New York magazine’s Vulture.com: “Fitzgerald put popular culture in his books, and I wanted you to feel like you were reading the book in 1925. The idea was: jazz was African-American street music, and it suddenly informed the times. And hip-hop is the African-American street music now. If that was the jazz age, this is the hip-hop age.”
To be sure, the soundtrack is laced with hip-hop stars like Will.i.am, Fergie and Beyonce and André 3000 doing a version of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” but it also features Jack White doing a rendering of U2’s “Love is Blindness,” Goyte, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey, an old school orchestral version of “Love is the Drug” by Bryan Ferry, and up-and-comers like the XX, Sia, Nero, and Coco O. of Quadron. There is something for everyone on this eclectic, anachronistic album-- sure to be one of summer’s smash hits.
PREVIEW THE ENTIRE SOUNDTRACK, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE BEYONCE/ANDRÉ 3000 TUNE, HERE:
STEAM THE ENTIRE SOUNDTRACK HERE, IN FULL, COURTESY OF NPR:
This may be the movie of 2013 to launch a fleet of consumer products. So far, our favorite is the Great Gatsby t-shirt for $39 from Urban Outfitters, featuring the original Jazz age cover to Fitzgerald’s novel by little-known artist Francis Cugat. The romantic cover depicts disembodied eyes and a mouth over a blue skyline with images of a naked woman reflected in the irises and a cityscape below. See the movie, AND get the t-shirt!