July 18, 2010

The Roaring 20's: Jazz Age Lawn Party

I love that an event like this exists in New York City - and better yet, on Governors Island, one of the most uniquely preserved parts of the city. Governors Island dubs itself "the 6th borough," but can you imagine a borough of new york city without almost any of modern days conveniences? A part of New York City without bodegas or a duane reade or a starbucks? It's like a heavenly timewarp, with stately mansions and green pastures and the occasional summer concert or 1920's style throwback. Of course, being an island, you also need to take a ferry to get there.

Oh, as you're scrolling through pictures, keep in mind that it was a solid 95 degrees, and HUMID, the entire day!


For the most part, people came dressed out to the nines. Some even bringing other relics of the past, like this twinlens camera.


My own outfit was somewhat of a last ditch effort. I wore a pearl necklace courtesty of City Chic, a peter-pan collar top from Topshop, a highwaisted black circle skirt, Marc by Marc ivory framed bag, and pearled T-straps from Topshop.


My partner looked rather dapper, with a mallard tie and suspenders, with the requisite buttown-down, khakis, and beeswax desert boots.




Old-timey disc jockey.




I was most impressed with how the men were dressed! Can you imagine if (more) men still put as much thought into the way they dressed?








It was also the perfect setting for a picnic. This gentleman opted to assemble his hors d'oeuvres on the lawn.






View more pictures of the Jazz Age Lawn Party here.

If you missed this event, you can try to hustle over to Governors Island today for a repeat, or head out on August 28th or August 29th, when the roaring twenties has yet another redux. It's worth going for the live bands alone - not to mention the beauty of the island itself!

Does your city have an event like this? If it did, would you go? Are there elements of the 1920s that inspire your personal style?


20 comments:

  1. I'm in love with these photos!

    - sarah skelton

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  2. Looks like a sweet and joyous occasion. Dig the shots too.

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  3. This might be a somewhat strange answer to the question but the 20s element that appeals to me the most is hair. I like to do my hair in 20s fashion. + The Great Gatsby is one of my all time favorite books and infinitely inspiring.

    -Kaisu

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  4. how fun!! also, how does one get invited? is it invite only?

    my city has nothing, nada, zilch ..on the steez front.

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  5. what a fantastic event! would have loved to be there! you looked so beautiful, and so did your partner, very dapper :) lovely pics, thanks for sharing! xxx

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  6. Beautiful pics. I am sorry we missed the event. After all we were meant to be in NY this weekend. I LOVE your pearl strap shoes. Muah, Mom

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  7. I love your peach top, and your partner's outfit looks absolutely wonderful! I love all of the photographs, everyone looks great.

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  8. Wondeful- it looks like a total different world! I love it- I want to live there ;)

    Your outfit is very cute!

    xx

    S*

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  9. I can't wait for these kind of events when I move to New York!!! Thank you for getting me excited! Well it's actually quite cold in San Francisco. It doesn't get warm or hot till late August and it lasts till late October... that's why I can wear faux fur and that's why I need my faux fur... haha. I'm a huge fan of the '20s and I would die to go to this! You look wonderful! Great photos too! I wish it was the 1920s.

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  10. This looks amazing, I want to go to one!! I love both of your outfits.

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  11. What a great event! And yes, both of your outfits were perfect...

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  12. I wish we had events like this where I live, it looks so exciting! I love all of the clothes everyone is wearing too. xo

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  13. thanks everyone!!!

    kaisu - i agree, the hair is one of the best aspects of the 20s!

    gracie - no invite necessary! getting onto governors island is free, and there was a $10 admission to the event. all were welcome.

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  14. i've seen photos of this event and cannot cannot cannot get over my favorite mens accessory: the straw hat!!!! bring it baaaaaack!

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  15. great fotos...i've been to an event like this..so fun!
    XOXO

    http://www.leatherlaceblog.com/
    http://www.leatherlaceblog.com/

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  16. Stephanie - I agree!!! Please please please let's bring back the straw hat.

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  17. LIKE WOW! Fabulous photos and great event! Would love the chance to attend it! Thanks for hooking these up - made me smile. =)

    x
    http://dialogueswithafruitcake.blogspot.com/

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  18. Ooooo, this is amazing! Love your photos.

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  19. great fotos...i've been to an event like this..so fun!
    XOXO

    http://www.leatherlaceblog.com/
    http://www.leatherlaceblog.com/

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  20. I'm in love with these photos!

    - sarah skelton

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