Tuesday, May 7, 2013


If you don't mind me blowing my own horn a bit... (and why do you come here if not to participate in my narcissism carnival?)

On May 23, 2012 (nearly one entire year ago), I wrote this post on this blog entitled, "Great Gatsby, that Art Deco looks hot!" It was about the Baz Luhrmann film remake of The Great Gatsby (which was in production then and finally opens this week) and my prediction that Art Deco was going to be the next Hot New Thing.

I'm here today to take my bow for being a trend-setting genius. Thank you, thank you! It's a gift. You all really should pay more attention to me. I'm always right. Ask Mike.

I assume you saw Justin Timberlake on the Grammys or Saturday Night Live?

Yes, yes. I know, the music is really just old school R&B. And music from the '20s isn't "Art Deco" anyway. It's ragtime. However, several of the songs on the film soundtrack (at the top) include some ragtime elements even if they're mainly pop or by pop artists. I have doubts that ragtime is really going to take off in any significant way, but Art Deco is already everywhere.

Evidence? Here you go:

Art Deco Wedding Invitations from Zazzle

Art Deco Wedding Cake from Martha Stewart

Art Deco Purse from Real Simple

Art Deco d├ęcor from Architectural Digest

Halle Berry in Art Deco Versace at the 2013 Oscars via NY Times

Art Deco EVERYTHING on Etsy (Missing Pieces Studio)

Anywho, my favorite song off the Gatsby soundtrack is, of course, "Love is Blindness" by Jack White (originally by U2, on Achtung Baby - one of the best albums ever). The original is obviously amazing, but this cover is blistering, I have to say.

And if you're looking for some real musical revivalism with a 1920s inspiration, look here:

So, yeah. You thought I didn't know what I was talking about, didn't you? You thought, "What does that girl in the Converse sneakers and mom jeans know about style?" You thought I was out of the loop. I'm just ahead of the curve, baby.

OK, OK. I'm done being ridiculously smug and insufferable. I'm more comfortable being awkward and clueless with bad taste in shoes, as you know. I wouldn't want to waste all my time predicting the future of trends in housewares design for y'all anyway. I have better things to do, Martha Stewart.

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