I’ve been looking forward to the release of Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby ever since the first trailer – even if you ignore the inevitable criticism of the excesses of the Jazz Age, it’s hard to not be swept up in the costumes, the pageantry, the Art Deco architecture and, of course, the way everybody is absolutely dripping with style.
There’s a level of style and cool that we just don’t see any more. In fact, if you get right down to it, most people don’t dress well at all. In fact, the majority of people dress rather badly. There are exceptions of course; if you hang around in certain style-conscious areas like New York’s Fashion District, Beverly Hills, parts of London or Milan, you will find stylish and dapper individuals. Even traditionally fashionable cities like Rome or Paris seem to have descended into a morass of relaxed fit jeans and oversized shirts. The stereotype of the Ugly American seems to have spread like a zombie plague, infecting the locals and convincing them that cargo pants, fanny packs and sports jerseys are acceptable fashion choices.
On the whole, it seems as though fashion and style have fallen by the wayside, replaced by convenience and laziness… and, in many cases, plain ignorance.
This, however, can actually be an advantage for someone who wants to dress to impress. It takes very little to stand out from the crowd… in the all the right ways.