What lies behind that enduring allure of Gatsby, I wonder? There’s glamour, there’s grace. Sad magic. Compassion, romance. Glitz a-plenty.
When it comes to the book, is it as much for what it isn’t as for what it is? For what it reveals about Mr Fitzgerald’s obsessions or for what it reveals about the period it was written? Stripped down, there is a man who makes a fortune, buys a large house, and quickly becomes the darling of Long Island. And all this in the hopes of getting back the woman he loved (and lost) five years earlier, from her husband. There’s a vibe of doomed romanticism which echoes that of Romeo & Juliet, albeit with a jazzy interpretation.
Regardless, Gatsby-ism has circled the cult loyalty circle time and again over the years, and across numerous cinematic reincarnations.
It does seem odd that, all things considered (my fascination with the era, the flamboyance, the attitude), this would be my first foray into Gatsby-inspired fashion but it is. And I can’t thank Twice Lucky Resale Houston enough for this exquisite, exquisite dress from which the entire theme stemmed.
The palest of Blush. Delightfully charming and feminine without that cloying sweetness one often associates with Pink. You know what I’m talking about. Barbie. Candy Floss. Stepford Wives. Fashioned from the airiest of fabrics, lithe and delicate, with a delicately scalloped hemline that’s ever so subtly speckled with silver studs.
If you’re as enamoured of it as I am, I believe Twice Lucky Resale Houston has two pieces left (happy face). Say you saw the dress here on my blog for 5% off (very happy face).
That Faux Pearl Necklace is a true vintage treasure from my mum, from when she purchased them in the early 60s, and it sits most comfortably right next to a Mixed Media Lariat from Kuching.
And then there are them shoes. They had to be Booties because, as you’re probably very well aware by now, I have this thing for Ankle Boots. I just so happened to have this stunning pair in my closet, waiting for the right outfit. Blush Pink Leather with Black Velvet. Serendipity.
That House of Harlow ring seemed a fitting touch, in spite of the 4-decade gap.
Are you into Gatsby?
p/s all photos by Eve.
pp/s the dress was kindly provided by Twice Lucky Resale Houston but all sentiments expressed are explicitly mine and 100% honest.