Over the weekend, I attended the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island. It was a mega trip back in time, with the island transformed into a multi-stage extravaganza with 1920s-era music that reminded me of the last two minutes of The Shining.
I knew it was a themed event, but because this was my first time, I did not know how seriously the concert-goers took the clothing. I was blown away by the flapper fashions — and I wasn’t the only one.
I spotted the NYT’s Bill Cunningham — the most legendary street style photographer of all time — snapping away by the dance floor. It was, by far, my most exciting celebrity sighting of all time. He so clearly loves his job and clothes, and he was grinning ear-to-ear, despite the 90+ degree heat.
I’ll be sharing my outfit in tomorrow’s post. But for today’s post, I took a page from Cunningham’s book and snapped photos of the outfits that I found particularly inspiring.
Here are the top 3 trends from the August 2015 Jazz Age Lawn Party.
1. Intricate, Delicate Dresses
When I think flapper, I think of those ubiquitous fringed Halloween costumes. But at the lawn party, the concert-goers took great pains to steer clear of polyester costumes, opting for vintage beaded or embroidered gowns with sumptuous details. I was awestruck — I never wear dresses to outdoor picnic events because I think they’re uncomfortable to sit in. But this was revelatory.
2. Floral Headpieces
Flower crowns have been on the festival circuit for years, but it was nice to be reminded that their predecessors were much more elaborate and formal.
3. Quirky Accessories
The 1920s were such a visual feast for the eyes, and the weekend attendees fully channeled those little details.