Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Flapper style on runways

Being pre-occupied with flapper dress construction, I just could not pass this opportunity and share with you some of my favourite picks from this season's runways. I truly love this trend as many of these pieces are very versatile and can be worn day or night, for work or walk.

Once a turning point in women's wear, flapper style remains highly feminine and very expressive. I believe it still takes a personality to work Art Deco-inspired pieces - so strong is the language of geometry, symmetry and color of that era. And that's a good thing! Why else would we, readers, make our own clothes if we didn't want to express who we are?

RALPH LAUREN

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For a simpler version, embellishing along construction lines will add a beautiful touch, playing it up with a contrasting trim or toning it down with matching beading. 
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I love the styling of this masculine ensemble. Two strands of pearls, with smaller and larger beads. This piece is clearly inspired by Robert Redford's wardrobe in the Great Gatsby, designed by Ralph Lauren himself.

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I like how this intricate embroidered fabric is mounted on organza - very sexy!

CHRISTIAN DIOR

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Hip area is beautiful, with lace peeking through the chevron pattern.

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Another heavily embedded piece in combination with sheers.

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More sheers (chiffon and organza, I believe)

ETRO

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Contrasting hip line devides ethnic inspired heavily embellished fabrics. Select any analogous colors from the color wheel to create similar effect. 
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Too much embellishment for my taste, but I love the double 'skirt' part!

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One of my favorites - I love this simple dress with the matching necklace

ALBERTA FERRETTI

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This yoke transforms any skirt in an instant Art Deco piece

GUCCI

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stunning! wearable?

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This one is number one on my list!!! Very elegant, very simple and very flattering!

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Do you like this style, readers? Are you making any Jazz-Age inspired pieces? 

15 comments:

  1. this is such a timely post and so relevant for me because I want to sew and Art Deco inspired wedding dress for myself when I get married in 11 months time - there are some beautiful pieces you have shown, however I just need to stick to my diet now to get that androgynous look that goes with this era.

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    1. Oh, a wedding gown! if I had a wedding I would make that silver Ralph Lauren dress, with less plunging neckline (only on the skin-colored part) and some boning at the V-point to keep it from gapping. But there are so many choices on the other hand...

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    2. I agree the silver gown epitomises the Art Deco gown.

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  2. OH! I didn't think I liked this style until I saw this post - and I think my heart stopped when I saw the black lace peeking through the chevrons on the skirt - perfection. All of that fantastic embellishment - it's just divine :)

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    1. I am happy you liked it! And yes, there is a lot of embelishment. I'd rather toned it down for myself :) And thanks for being a loyal commenter ;)

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  3. I'm not making a flapper dress but I am excited you are and looking forward to reading your posts on it. If you get a chance they have 3 gorgeous flapper dresses on view at FIT right now until Nov. 10--a 2007 Ralph Lauren, a 1929 Jean Patou and a 1926-27 blue fringed sequined Edward Molyneux. Be still my heart. XO, Jill

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    1. Thank you for the tip - I need to have a look at those!

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  4. The 1920s is my favorite recent historical decade. :-) What lovely garments.

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  5. Marina,
    You are such an inspiration to me! I have just begun my own adventure in couture sewing, and I am having great fun:) Thank you for all the wonderful information. I cannot wait to see your flapper dress.

    Darby Logan

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  6. Some of the dresses are sublime! I would not mind wearing any of Alberta Ferretti's dresses ^.^

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  7. These are beautiful inspirations! I love how simple the silhouettes are but strong in their geometric V-shapes. All that lovely sheer paneling. My favorite is the blush Dior dress!

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  8. Marina I like your favourite too, it's so nice!! I love your blog too. Come check out mine :) www.spiceoftrends.blogspot.co.uk

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