Sunday, May 19, 2013

SLLinky Sunday: Gatsby, Punk & Feminist Dress-Up

Caryl and Maryl troll the internet for the best Second Lives links

A shiba inu and Leo Di Capario put on the glitz

The Luxe Life: Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opened the Cannes Film Festival this week with all its opulent excess: The parties, the clothes, the jewelry, the mansions!  You may remember  the l974  Gatsby when costume designer and Oscar winner Theoni Aldridge and  faux-WASP Ralph Lauren fought over who really designed the clothes. These days everyone from Prada to Tiffany to Brooks Brothers has tied-in with Gatsby--even  blogs like Menswear Dog (you gotta love this site) but if you’re yearning for a  little jazz era glamour for your own wardrobe, look no further than Moda Operandi.

Sarah Jessica Parker rocks a punk look at the Met Gala

Chaos to CoutureMaybe Punk is more your style—though we are pretty sure we missed (or maybe rejected) this safety-pinned and ripped t-shirt aesthetic that rose out of rock bands here and across the pond in the 70s and 80s.  Let’s be honest it’s wasn't an easy look to pull off in your 20s and 30s, let alone now. Guests struggled to come up with ensembles for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume's Institute  celebrating the museum’s current exhibit at the Costume Institute--Punk: From Chaos to Couture.   Jenna Lyon, creative director of J. Crew, paired a Clash t-shirt with a sequin skirt and some heavy metal jewelry but Sarah Jessica Parker stole the show with a Giles Deacon dress, Christian Louboutin thigh high boots and a headdress from Philip Treacy that paid homage to the Mohawk, punk hairdo of choice. Anna Wintour, who chairs the annual benefit, relied on a fashion constant: a flowery number from Chanel.  For more Red Carpet fashion,  look here.  And, for your own punk dress-up, consider these offerings.

To be or not to be Susan B. Anthony

No More Disney Princesses Please: Austin photographer Jaime Moore wanted to do a creative photo shoot to mark her daughter Emma’s fifth birthday but when she searched the web for inspiration all she could find were costumes and patterns for Disney characters. Then she got creative.  She picked five (like Emma's age) real women whose lives and accomplishments could be influential role models for her daughter.  Take Susan B. Anthony who once said: “Forget conventionalisms, forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your own place: think you best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.”

 Or, as we say at Second Lives Club: 
To thine own style, be true.


  1. Let me tell you, I LOVE MEN'S WEAR DOG! I think this man is brilliant! I also love Leo and I know his role will be performed to perfection. I do not love Baz's over-produced movies at all, but I'll still go see it, knowing the hyper-kinetics will make me crazy. I'm going for the costumes as you said. And, Leo. Thank you for coming to see me today and leaving such a lovely comment. Have fun in Cannes, we love it there and have spent many summers along this coastline.

  2. When my daughter turned 6, the theme of her haloween birthday party was "famous women. " Her friends cam dressed as hockey players and dress designers. I still have the picture of the 6 year olds celebrating stong women.