Michel Hazanavicius’ daring, silent comedy-drama The Artist stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a matinee idol in Hollywood before the talkies and Bérénice Bejo, as ambitious chorus girl with a heart of gold, Peppy Miller. And ah the clothes! We see them again in “Midnight in Paris” and again in “Hugo.” Dropped waists, unconstructed shapes-but for draping, longer skirts, and palazzo pants. Here are modern interpretations, some close enough to be worn then…should you too have an opportunity to go back in time. (To purchase an item click on the product name in red).
Modern Draping Inspired by the 20s
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Miu Miu Vintage Rose Cotton Jersey Tank Dress- Too short for then, but draped just right. Straight fall to femininity. Tonal silk trim around neck and hemlines; tie at the nape of neckline. Scoop. Tonal silk trim around hem with side ruffles. Slightly transparent. 100% cotton. SHORT $589.00
Pink Hammered Satin Dress- Insouciant. And/or gamine. Draped overlay at side and back, unfinished hem; fully lined. Slips on. 100% Polyester. Length hits knee. Racer back. Machine wash. $280.00
Acne Tank Dress- look how different it appears in off white!
Acne Mallory Draped Dress- Like origami in proves. Wear with an extra long necklace. Cornflower blue. Crepe partially overlayed with washed georgette. V-neck, cap sleeves, gathered hip. Center back opening with folded seam. Raw edges. Hook and eye neck closure. Partially lined. $340.00
Vanessa Bruno Printed Silk Dress- Overlays are so 20s. This one you could wear back in time. Only the hardware would give you away. Scoop neck, sleeveless, printed sheer overlay, asymmetrical hem, dropped waist. 100% silk. $750.00
Neutrals with The Look
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Day Birger et Mikkelsen Night Champagne Beaded Silk-Satin Dress- You couldn’t get more comfortable, just drops straight from the bustline. No fools they. Burnished gold, draped around neck; gradual bead embellishment through front, hanging sash at back. Slips on. 100% silk. $500.00
Gryphon Flutter Dress- Definitely for dancing. Watch your posture. When it moves all eyes will be on you. Intricate beading, dropped waist, silk-chiffon flutter hem, v-neck front and back; slips on. 100% silk. On sale $365.00
Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Beaded Dress- Dress for dinner on an ocean liner (trunks having been unpacked by your ladies maid.) Vintage inspired dress with silver metalwork art detail on a white background. Above the knee shift. V-neck. 100% viscose. $535.00
Galliano Beaded Drop-Waist Dress- Shorter than it would be but in the silhouette. Knot your long pearls. Sleeveless with concealed side zipper closure, scoop neckline; fully lined with all over bead detailing, ruffle detail at the hem. 100% Polyester. French sizing. $370.00
Evenings at Studio Parties-Was THAT Douglas Fairbanks?!
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Claire Spaghetti Strap Lace Dress by Alice and Olivia- Ready for Gatsby, feather band, cigarette holder, seamed hose. Victorian inspired mix of beige lace and rhinestone straps with a skirt of sheer, black nylon layers. Nylon and Silk. Lined. on sale $358.00
Progression Dress- The oversized tee is not period, but the material and straight drop definitely are. Red, red lipstick. Square cut, raw edges; hand embellished with tonal oversized sequins and small beads to add movement and texture. Above the knee. 100% viscose. $395.00
Gray/Green Sleeveless Dress from Twinset- Definitely an interpretation. Look at the enlargement online. Really interesting fabrication. Scoop neck, ruched and sequined front, keyhole cut-out back with ribbon/bow fastening, dropped waist and tiered sequin skirt. $390.00
Gryphon’s Francesca Dress- Peppy would never find batik but otherwise it’s exactly right. Imagine it with a cloche hat. Green and navy batik print, scoop neck, cross back, tiered skirt with asymmetric hem. Unlined. 93% silk. $495.00
Palazzo Pants-ok, she didn’t wear them on the screen, but these are the pants she’d be wearing. Feminine as all get-out.
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Etro Striped Silk Wide-Leg Pants- Seen on the Hearst yacht and in Newport. Wear with white silk top. No need to jazz these up. Navy and cream striped silk. Slant pockets, Concealed zipper fastening at the side. $1340.00
Garden Print Wide Leg Pants- Today’s summer party apparel, yesterday’s around the house/patio or cruise wardrobe. Predominantly orange. Machine washable. 100% viscose. $90.00
Printed Wide Leg Pant by Alice and Olivia- Cheery print. Wear an enormous bow in your hair or wedged sandals. These feel good against the legs. Full bloom. Slim fit at waist and hip then out wide and flowing. Polyester. $297.00
Printed Wide Leg Pant by Alice and Olivia II- Good late afternoon/evening colors.