Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is nearly here and already inundating us with the glamour of flapper-era fashion. I have made no secret of my love for Chanel and her contribution to change in women’s fashion. As she said, “A girl should be two things; Classy and fabulous.” I also recently divulged my adoration for the cloche. Needless to say the 20s is my era.

So what is it about the spirit of the roaring twenties, jazz age, or as the French say “années folles (crazy years) that beckons me, you ask?

Well simply put “girl power”. It was an era of women rebelling against social constraints; freeing their restrained corseted figures from bondage, ditching the high necklines for free flowing styles and a casual ease, and cutting their hair. All this while still maintaining a sense of femininity and glamour. Come on! Women earned the right to vote. What’s not to love?

Elsa Schiaparelli wrote the ancient Greeks “gave to their goddesses… the serenity of perfection and the fabulous appearance of freedom.” I believe that is what the 20’s did, freed woman from the constraints of dress yet still let the goddess below radiate.

It was an artistic time teeming with jazz music, flapper styles, dancing, gin, speakeasies and Art Deco. Even Mickey Mouse was born in the 20s.

Now I do think an argument could be made drawing a parallel between the roaring twenties and the story of Sodom & Gomorrah. A thesis written on a time of great excess leading to divine judgment (Wall Street Crash of 1929) and then subsequent era of the Great Depression (God’s Wrath). But I leave that to the theologians and scholars to suss out on their own.

For me this is the historical period to which I would return if given a chance. So in that vein I present you with Louise. In all her simple elegant ease.

and a little something Extra~ a Great article on how to wear hats in case you’re inspired.


I love hats. Always have. But for as much as I love them, and continue to buy them, I don’t wear them as frequently as I should. Okay… Okay… rarely. I tend to like cloches, sleek and clean. Though my friends tell me that my stature cries for a large brimmed creation.

With the Kentucky Derby just past and the Great Gatsby about to come out into the theaters this week I figured now would be the perfect time for a post dedicated to hats.

I am not bold enough to wear any of these amazing hat creations by Anja Caliendo as illustrated by Leonid Gurevich but they are serious fun!

The word milliner is used and abused..sticking a feather on a fastener or ‘diamonti’ trimings on a hairband does not make it millinery…which brings me to the designs of Michael Leong, an institution in the Irish Fashion industry, and her bold creations.

I love the birds circling. I feel that way some days. Like a cartoon character who just got knocked on the head.

Or these amazing hats by milliner extraordinaire, Marilena Romeo. A  Melbourne local, Marilena shot to the heights of the millinery world in 1992, when three of her hats came in the top 10 at the “Le Grand Prix of Hats (the outstanding Millinery Design Award). Love big feathers.
Yearly I attend  the show of Wayne Wichern & Daria Wheatley showcasing their distinctive handcrafted millinery. Each year I find plenty of temptations. Here’s a sneak peek.

And in case this has left you needing more read this great article on How to Wear Hats
Images: (1) Leon’s Escapades (2) Flikr, (3) Micheal Leong (4) Paisley St. Claire  (5) Wayne Wichern