Have you heard? The 1920’s will be roaring back into fashion come spring 2012. And apparently it’s all Baz Luhrmann’s fault. The Australian filmmaker is directing a remake of The Great Gatsby, out next year, which means that all and sundry will be jumping on the historical trend train: next stop, flapper town.
It all started at New York fashion week, where Ralph Lauren referenced his own back catalogue (he did the costumes for the original movie) and sent out slinky, tassel-covered eveningwear that was decidedly Gatsbyesque. Here in London, it seems designers Truus and Riet Spijkers have inadvertently found themselves in vogue, as the spring 2012 Spijkers en Spijkers show caused me to scribble ‘geometric flapper’ at the top of my notes. Why? Because those were the main ingredients of the collection.
For starters, silk, dropped-waist dresses were comprised of star and rhombus-shaped panels and finished with zig-zagged or tasselled hems. Many were black and ivory, but mint green, butterscotch, peach and other yummy tones played up the femininity factor. As for tailoring, it veered strongly towards the masculine, with slouchy mannish jackets hanging off models’ shoulders and cropped pants cut wide and baggy.
All this was apparently inspired by oriental geometry and the story of One Thousand and One Nights. Maybe that’s where the parallel with F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920’s fairytale ends, but either way, this extremely well-executed and wearable collection could land Spijkers en Spijkers in the right trend at the right time.
Stay tuned for the full photo coverage coming soon.