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Fash Food Trend Report: Art deco designs pay attention to the details

hhendren@herald-leader.comNovember 9, 2012 

Fashion is forever borrowing from the movies and TV. Let's not forget Charlie's Angels' feathered hair, Annie Hall's hats and ties, and the recent Mad Men '60s styles.

Most recently, brands such as Theia, L'Wren Scott and Ralph Lauren sent own fall runways elegant garments, drop waists and sparkling jewelry that recalled art deco fashions like those in the TV series Downton Abbey and the upcoming film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Don O'Neill, design director of Theia, showed intricately beaded evening gowns that looked as if they were made for Elizabeth McGovern as the Countess of Grantham in PBS's period drama Downton Abbey.

The wool cloches and drop-waist dresses from Ralph Lauren easily could have been worn by The Great Gatsby's 1920's-era Daisy Buchanan.

Deco styles from the early 1900s through the '30s feature rich details including crystals, beads, furs and geometric designs.

For added elegance, layer on glamorous accessories such as a reversible faux-fur gator, $68 at Banana Republic.

Purses like the boxy faux tortoise-shell clutch by Rachel Roy add a structural element. For jewelry, choose one of the bold cuffs from Dannijo with a bohemian mix of metal, crystal and color.

An exquisite multistrand beaded necklace from Kentucky-based Elva Fields jewelry is right on target with the trend, accented with a vintage brass hat pin in the shape of an arrow.

Harriett Hendren: (859) 231-3324. Email: hhendren@herald-leader.com. Blog: fashfood.bloginky.com

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