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The Great Gatsby has long been on the required reading lists of American students, and for those (like me) who are intrigued by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of lust and luxury, the 1974 film starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow is a classic. Rosecliff in Newport, where much of the shooting was done, continues to lure affluent visitors curious of the lavish Gatsbian lifestyle, and today’s discerning traveler can experience the modern Gatsby getaway here in the City-by-the-Sea .
Next month, the highly anticipated re-interpretation of the tale as directed by Baz Luhrmann will debut starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as the ever fashionable Daisy Buchanan, and Toby Maguire as storyteller Nick Carraway. Much has been made about the fashion, and as seen from the May 2013 cover of Vogue above, there is much to celebrate. Mulligan’s Daisy had more than 40 outfits in the movie, most by Prada, and for this celebratory Vogue shoot (by Mario Testino, naturally), she dons Chanel Haute Couture, Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen.
Costumes from the film (as envisioned by the movie’s costume designer, Catherine Martin) are currently on display in London, and leading brands are tipping their hat to the jaw-dropping, jazz-age designs. With much of DiCaprio’s ensembles created by Brooks Brothers (which is mentioned throughout Fitzgerald’s writings), the classic menswear clothier has fashioned a limited-edition collection to mark the movie.
At Rosecliff, you can see pieces that highlight 20th century fashion and the way designers marketed changing styles and silhouettes to American consumers. The 11 dresses on exhibit by Chanel, Givenchy and Halston, among others, are among the finest garments in the PSNC’s collection.
Among the highlights is a 1925 evening gown by Callot Soeurs of Paris. With its straight silhouette, the dress epitomizes the style of the period. The increasing popularity of automobiles and dance crazes like the jitterbug and Charleston demanded shorter hemlines and ushered in a new trend for the 1920s. Stiff corsetting and layers, girdles and bras that flattened out the figure were in.
Yesterday, the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue debuted a breathtaking series of elaborate windows in homage of the film, and an art-deco inspired line toasting all things Gatsby.
Also, as Gatsby fever starts taking hold, Vanderbilt Grace is offering a “Grace Gatsby package” featuring a 2-night stay, 2 Newport Mansion Passports (more here), sunset sail for two, a champagne breakfast for 2 each morning, a Vintage Vanderbilt five course dinner (modeled on a Vanderbilt family menu from 1912) for 2 with wine pairings, and a welcome gift. Rates start at $1,110 per couple and the package is available from April 25 to September 30, 2013.
Top to bottom: film still courtesy Warner Bros.; image by Marion Testino/Vogue; last image by dress by Miu Miu,image by Marion Testino/Vogue.
I’ve written about the Cosmetics Database before, the online tool where you can enter almost any product and learn everything you want to know about what ingredients are in your hair and beauty goods. It’s like Google for glamazons. For most people it’s an eye-opener, and the more you learn, the more you might lean toward using natural-based products (and be wary, “natural” is one of the most over-used, misguiding beauty buzzwords out there). Just like clean diets, nobody’s perfect (even Gwyneth, despite what she might muse about on Goop), but the best we can to is strive to be better. That’s why when Rachel Lessene from Green Envy Eco-Boutique in Newport put me in touch with the makers of new organic hair care line she is carrying called YAROK, I was grateful.
Here’s the scoop: Each YAROK formula is a powerful blend of organic and all-natural botanicals that are consciously sourced and responsibly harvested. YAROK uses primarily “certified organic” ingredients. Very few hair care companies can say that every one of their products meet 100% of all vegan requirements. Even fewer can claim that their entire hair care line is free of alcohol, paraben, sulfates and cruelty to animals, and that they work beautifully, too. YAROK can say all of the above .
I tried the Feed Your Volume shampoo and conditioner, leave-in conditioner spray and hair spray. As soon as you open the shampoo and conditioner the fresh, eucalyptus/lemony scent hits you (it’s the lemon balm in action). They both contain aromatic blends of organic and all natural herbs, flowers, vitamins, minerals and essential oils. The leave in conditioner helps prevent damage from heat styling (blow drying, flat/curling irons), and finally, the hair spray (which also smells lemony fresh) locks in hold while being super light, i.e. you can brush or comb through it with no issue for a mid-afternoon tress touch-up. The verdict: for fresh luscious locks without harsh dangerous chemicals, YAROK is for you.
Real Housewife of New York, model and designer Kelly Bensimon took advantage of the extraordinary spring weather this past weekend and headed to Newport for an overnight mother/daughter escape. The two lounged in luxury at the divine Vanderbilt Grace (if you haven’t sipped their signature cocktail, be sure to put it on your to-do list, preferably enjoyed on the rooftop deck), enjoyed shopping at Sole Desire, massages at the hotel spa, and dining at Muse, The Landing and the Black Pearl. “The last time I was in Newport, I was modeling for Elle magazine on America’s Cup Stars and Stripes,” she Tweeted.
I asked her this week what her impression was of Newport since it’s been quite a while since she’s been, and she answered, “My daughter and I loved living the nautical American dream at the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport!”
Photo: Kelly looking particularly Newport nautical wearing an anchor necklace, part of the Kelly by Kelly Killoren Bensimon collection. Her new book, I Can Make You Hot! The Supermodel Diet, is now available on pre-order.
If you’re a sucker for period dramas, eyebrow-raising aristocratic behavior and jaw-dropping Edwardian-era costumes (Spanx ain’t got nothing on a good corset!), and haven’t been watching PBS’ Downton Abbey, it’s time to get on board with the British series that has won viewers around the world (its of the most successful shows in “Masterpiece” history). The plot revolves around the patrician Crawley family (which includes their three beautiful and deliciously drama-filled daughters) and their servants–both social sets have their own heaping of oh-no-he/she-didn’t! moments.
I was late to the party on watching Downton when the series first aired, but caught up online by watching it here (free). Now I’m all caught up and will be watching (perhaps with a Pimm’s Cup?) tonight when season two debuts in the throes of World War I.
It’s not hard to imagine that the fashions donned by Newport’s robber baron families who summered in their Bellevue Avenue mansions during the era dressed much differently. Rosecliff’s Tessie Oelrichs was known for her lavish parties at the mansion, which is why she had commissioned the largest ballroom in Newport when working with architect Stanford White (one party’s guest list included famed magician Harry Houdini). In fact, Downton begins with the announcement of the Titanic disaster, and the sorrowful lost of family friend John Jacob Astor IV who went down with the ship (and was the son of “The Mrs. Astor” of Newport’s Astors’ Beechwood mansion). Click here for a recent Q&A with the series costume designer, Susannah Buxton, from the Wall Street Journal.
Downton Abbey’s Season 2 returns tonight on PBS at 9pm. Here is a glimpse of the fashion seen in season one. What’s your favorite Downton look?
This summer, one of Providence’s most praised designers opened a lovely boutique gallery on Spring Street, but unlike many shops that open during Newport’s busiest season, Philip Sawyer plans on making Newport a fashionable pied-à-terre of sorts. “Our boutique gallery is open year round, and hopefully for many years, as we love Newport, and especially our new clients here,” says Anh Vu Sawyer, also an author.
She and husband Philip, who teaches Fine Sewing Techniques, and Pattern Making & Design at Rhode Island School of Design, design and produce their pieces from their studio in Providence. With a shared passion for healthy, natural living, the two use sustainable materials including linen, silk, cotton and wool, and strive for a zero-waste approach.
“Our clothes, for both men and women, have actually been well-loved for Philip’s exquisite and timeless designs and fine craftsmanship,” says Anh. “We make our clothes one garment at a time, and offer custom fitting services to our clients, who prefer a perfect fit and have their choices of colors, fabrics and ideas that uniquely represent them.”
The two consider their Newport studio a gallery, and invite folks to visit their “sweet labor of love and collaboration between wonderful artist and designer friends.” They have watched their designs grace the runways at StyleWeek Providence and some of their design peers they support at the gallery studio, from other designers to artists, are quite recognized, with awards from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Say Anh, “Some have sold their designs at Barney’s, Fred Segal, MOMA and Collette in Paris!”
Phillip Sawyer & Friends is located at 233 Spring Street (between Franklin Street and Memorial Boulevard) in Newport.