Friday, 28 January 2011

Boardwalk Empire and the 1920s

Boardwalk Empire, the new rival to Mad Men in our telly/ fashion love in, premieres in the UK on February 1 on new channel Sky Atlantic. While the '70s are getting all the headlines for spring/ summer '11, the '20s is a strong undercurrent that is set to become stronger as the year progresses.

Whereas Mad Men focused on the '50s and '60s, Boardwalk Empire is all about the '20s so expect flapper dresses, Louise Brooks bobs, long strings of pearls, turbans, feathers ... The series is set at the start of Prohibition in Atlantic City, when selling alcohol became illegal across America.

The stellar cast includes Steve Buscemi (Nucky), Kelly Macdonald (Margaret), Gretchen Moll (Gillian), Michael Pitt (Jimmy) and Paz de la Huerta (Lucy).
Martin Scorsese directs episode one while John Dunn is in charge of costumes. And my, what amazing costumes they are. As the stills from the series show there is style and elegance in equal parts. Dunn had 6000 actors and extras to dress for this series. Each beaded dress is intricately and authentically accessorised with jewellery, shawls, hats and footwear. The team have used original, vintage pieces where they could, although they often started to fall apart on set.
Margaret played by Kelly Macdonald
Lucy played by Paz de la Huerta

Aside from Boardwalk Empire, which is expected to do for the '20s what Mad Men did for the '50s and '60s, there is also a remake of The Great Gatsby in the pipeline. The update is being directed by Baz Luhrmann and looks set to star Carey Mulligan as Daisy. The 1974 film starred Mia Farrow as Daisy and Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby. The novel, by F Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1925 and is considered a literary classic. Read it now.

Redford and Farrow in The Great Gatsby

Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan

Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby

Clara Bow
Many S/S '11 catwalks referenced the period, from John Galliano's flapper dresses (below) to Chanel's feathers and Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton's beaded, shimmering creations teamed with (made to look) cropped hair. The look was a modern update, in the same way that the '70s has been repackaged for a new generation. If you want to get in on the '20s look, watch out for heavy beading, feathers, turbans and headpieces, long necklaces. Look to Clara Bow and Louise Brooks for hair and beauty inspiration and get practising the Charleston.

John Galliano S/S '11

John Galliano S/S '11

Chanel S/S '11

Louis Vuitton S/S '11

Rochas S/S '11

Boardwalk Empire, 9pm, Sky Atlantic from February 1.

All catwalk images from
All Boardwalk Empire images from HBO.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Emmanuelle Alt: new editor of Vogue Paris

Emmanuelle Alt was named today as the replacement for Carine Roitfeld at Vogue Paris. And collectively the fashion world breathed a sigh of relief.

Emmanuelle Alt (left) with Carine Roitfeld

Why? Well, speaking for myself, I find Vogue Paris inspiring and boundary pushing (not always a good thing I grant). Tom Ford recently guest edited while Lara Stone was the face of the 90th anniversary issue, which was celebrated with a beyond-fabulous masked ball. 

Vogue Paris is decadent when everything else in the world is depressing and grey. It is pure escapism but always relevant.

Alt, 43, the former Fashion Director of the magazine, was a dead cert for the role and is a favourite of bloggers and industry insiders alike. Photographed as often as Roitfeld by the likes of The Sartorialist and Jak&Jil, she has become a celebrity in her own right. 

She has been influential in the presiding silhouette of the last few years - pin thin legs and an exaggerated upper body. A look that Balmain typified. Along with her fellow Paris Voguettes she stalked the front row looking effortlessly chic as the rest of us looked on and envied.

As Roitfeld's right hand woman for 10 years it doesn't seem likely that she will take the magazine in too different a direction - thankfully. 

She said, "It's a great honour for me, but also a great pleasure to get to the head of Vogue Paris that I know very well. I will try to develop the incredible potential of Vogue Paris while working with very talented teams."

Roitfeld was well-known for pushing boundaries at the cult magazine and announced her departure left month after 10 years at the title.

Images from The Sartorialist and Jak&Jil.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year lovely people. 

In between scoffing lots of delicious turkey and mince pies, I tried to keep up with the fashion industry. This was done mainly via the medium of twitter (follow me @emma_sibbles) and the occasional glance at the newspaper when I could wrestle it off my parents doing the crossword and Phoebe the basset who likes to just lie across it in order to get your attention. 

The shock fashion gossip over the holidays was the news that after 10 years at the helm of Paris Vogue Carine Roitfeld is skipping off in her Alaia heels to pastures new. Where will she go? Who will replace her? Will she join forces with Tom Ford?

The above picture was probably the highpoint of my career/ life: meeting Carine at the Paris shows a couple of years ago. 

It goes without saying that wherever she goes, she will be fabulous. Not only is she incredibly talented and soooooo stylish but she is genuinely one of the nicest, smiliest people in fashion, happily posing with me when I told her about my blog.

If you're into making resolutions (and I'm not sure I'm really that person) then it wouldn't hurt to be a bit more smiley and nice especially at a time of uncertainty and austerity. I'll probably have broken it with a sweary rant by the time I get into work tomorrow morning, but I'm going to try.....