06/05/2013 09:25 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Style Inspiration: Great Gatsby

I always said if I could go back in time, I'd love to visit the Roaring Twenties. Known to many as the beginning of Modern America, I can't help but be inspired by this period. The glamour, literary contributions, music and yes, even the scientific breakthroughs were something to be heralded.

So naturally, when I was invited to attend Mar Jennings' Gatsby-inspired Party celebrating his upcoming book, Life On Mars, Creating Casual Luxury, I jumped. I knew I had to up my fashion game as attendance at this soiree meant going back in time and channeling my inner Daisy Buchanan. Fortunately -- with the help of a vintage Nicole Miller gown, my great-grandmother's pearls, hair set in a low side chignon topped with a Deco-inspired rhinestone comb -- I was ready for any speakeasy.


Photo Credit Mar Jennings 2013:
Mar Jennings, Paul Mitchell (Editor and Chief of S& J Multimedia) and Indie Lee; 1931 Cadillac V-12 Convertible Coupe provided by Dragone of Westport; NY Times best selling author Debbie Karch & Global Makeup Artist Rick Dicecca.

From the minute we entered Rosebrook Gardens we were transported back in time. Mar Jennings is the master at entertaining and certainly this fête proved that he's always up to the task. Over 250 guests from the world of television and publishing were in attendance and two vintage cars were perched in the driveway to set the tone while summery jazz played in the background. However, at this party, Prohibition was most definitely over. Guests were greeted with French Champagne served in Art Deco silhouette glasses -- so chic.

It was most definitely an affair to remember.

Here's how you can get the Gatsby look:
  1. Lace Maxi Dress - A pastel lace maxi dress is easy to find these days - but this limited edition from TopShop sets the standard.
  2. Art Deco Earrings - Need I say more? Perfection!
  3. Gold Clutch  - Clutches are essential for the Gatsby look. This French Connection choice can fit  your cell, lipstick and keys so you don't need to leave the essential at home.
  4. Double-Tassel Necklace - I'm a sucker for all things J. Crew.  This necklace says sophistication and fun in one piece, the length sets the tone for the '20s era.
  5. Rhinestone Barette - Just shopping at Henri Bendels for anything that says Art Deco - but this hair clip is a must.
  6. Winged Heels - To quote one of my favorite stylists, Rachel Zoe, "Beyond Major - I die."
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