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A New King for The Consort’s People & Gatsby Premières

Hello-Hello, it is another glorious day here at the Prepatorium. I hope you are enjoying similar sunshine in your corner of the globe.

As readers may know, there were quite the royal happenings last weekend in Amsterdam. More from the New York Times:

To the cheers of tens of thousands of people crammed shoulder to shoulder outside the royal palace here, Willem-Alexander of the House of Orange-Nassau became the Netherlands’ first king in 123 years on Tuesday as his mother, Queen Beatrix, ended a 33-year reign with the stroke of a pen, signing the act of abdication in an ornate chamber at the palace.

Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan

Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan

Below you see the new King receiving a kiss from his mother following her abdication.

Jeroen Van Der Meyde/Dutch Royal House via the New York Times

Jeroen Van Der Meyde/Dutch Royal House via the New York Times

How it appeared to those gathered outside.

Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan

Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan

We may have paid a little more attention than most because The Consort’s heritage is Dutch.  At any rate, there were multiple events, each entailing some very. serious. party frocks.

Via Hello! Magazine

Via Hello! Magazine

The new Queen wore a dress by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau, seen below with Máxima’s gown.

Jan Taminiau

Jan Taminiau

But Máxima wasn’t the only one exuding elegance, there were eye-popping ensembles from the guests.

Via Royal Order of Splendor

Via Royal Order of Splendor

Where does one go for sartorial insight at times like these? The Royal Order of Splendor, bien sûr. Especially if interested in learning who is wearing what uniform, and why.

The Royal Order of Splendor

The Royal Order of Splendor

Or who gets the “Best in Dutch Lace” award, or “Most Improved” medal.

Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor

Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor

But it wasn’t only pretty party dresses we saw, nay-nay. There was an abundance of shiny things, it was time to break out the bling.

Royal Order of Splendor

Royal Order of Splendor

We encourage a visit to the Royal Order of Splendor for all of the details on the glamorous goings-on in the Netherlands. Also meriting a visit, A Tiara a Day.

A Tiara a Day

A Tiara a Day

Hello! magazine has an online poll on who won the style stakes at the Investiture ceremony.

Hello! Magazine

Hello! Magazine

We were intrigued by the blue dresses worn by the daughters of King Willem and Queen Máxima.  Below you see the new heir to the throne, Princess Amalia of Orange (the oldest), and her sisters, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane.

Via NATAN Edouard Vermeulen Facebook

Via NATAN Edouard Vermeulen Facebook

They wore dresses from a brand I was unfamiliar with, NATAN, designed by Edouard Vermeulen. More from Expatica:

…designer Edouard Vermeulen was commissioned to design a dress for the king’s wife, princess Máxima, and her three little daughters. Vermeulen jumped at this honour even though he had never designed garments for children.

A closer look.

NATAN Facebook Page

NATAN Facebook Page

Back to the Expatica story:

The princesses could choose their favourite fabrics and styles. “And rightfully so. It was important for them to feel pretty and comfortable.” The girls were dressed in a similar style, but each dress reflected their individual taste.

“Máxima had no preconceived ideas about their outfits and neither did I, actually. The designs literally developed as we worked together, except perhaps for the colour, royal blue, which was pretty much established

Below, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane .

Via

Via

Earlier the young ladies were in dresses by an upscale Spanish brand, Pili Carrera.

Via Pili Carrera

Via Pili Carrera

A better look at the dress, this time all three wore the same style.

Pili Carrera

Pili Carrera

It is always fun to learn about new designers.

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Our other topic today, a very quick look at some of the events surrounding the opening of The Great Gatsby. Below, film director Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, Jennifer Meyer, Tobey Maguire, and designer Miuccia Prada at a cocktail party Tuesday.

Prada Facebook Page

Prada Facebook Page

More from the Hollywood Reporter:

Another day, another Gatsby exhibit. Albeit with dazzling dresses, A-list celebs and the non-stop flow of Champagne, this one would have surely made Jay Gatsby proud.

Dubbed Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada Dress Gatsby, the Tuesday night soiree — held at Prada’s Soho boutique — showcased 40 head-to-toe costumes that the evening’s headliners collaborated on for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film.

Last night was the film’s première. Below we see Carey Mulligan, she stars as Daisy.

Tiffany & Co. Facebook/Women's Wear Daily

Tiffany & Co. Facebook/Women’s Wear Daily

Ms. Mulligan looked almost incandescent in a Lanvin dress and Tiffany earrings. Leonardo di Caprio wore Prada, the label created several costumes for the film.

The Great Gatsby Facebook

The Great Gatsby Facebook

The actress was a good sport, taking pictures with some of the fans gathered to watch the ‘black carpet’ arrivals.

AFP

AFP via The Australian

Director Baz Luhrmann was in Brooks Brothers.

Lexie Moreland/Women's Wear Daily

Lexie Moreland/Women’s Wear Daily

Brooks created hundreds of costumes for the film. They have also just launched a Great Gatsby collection. Following the film there was quite the do at The Plaza, back to Women’s Wear Daily.

The over-the-top after party, where dancers dressed like flappers and hoisted 1921 vintage Moët & Chandon bottles, drew the film’s entire cast, although leading man Leonardo DiCaprio was protected from the masses by a number of beefy bodyguards. Other celebs were more accessible, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Amitabh Bachchan, Joel Edgerton, Sacha Baron Cohen (mingling with his wife, Isla Fisher) and Gabriel Byrne.

Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.com via Women's Wear Daily

Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.com via Women’s Wear Daily

And then there’s this: I have never, at least not knowingly, posted a GIF (like an animated image) here on the blog. But it seems the time has arrived to change that.

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Clearly it doesn’t take a lot to get us excited here at TPP InterPlanetary HQ.

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Tiffany and Brooks Brothers and Prada Have What in Common?

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Thursday here at the Prepatorium. In an effort to move beyond the day’s headlines, we move back to our previously scheduled post.

We have a look at some of the products tied to the soon-to-be-released Great Gatsby film from Baz Luhrmann. The marketing machine is really kicking in, and we’re not necessarily talking about the movie’s May 1st première.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby/Warner Brothers

No one will be surprised to learn a sizable amount of buzz surrounds the costumes, those have been overseen by Costume Designer Catharine Martin.  Gatsby-related magazine covers have been visible for months, now the big fashion splashes are getting underway. Below, Vogue Australia’s May cover with Karlie Kloss.

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Vogue Australia

From the magazine’s website:

We are so excited about Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby that we dedicated our whole issue to it.

There are reports the dress worn by Ms. Kloss in the photo above is one of those designed by Miuccia Prada for the film.

The Great Gatsby Official Website

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby Website

Above we see it on actress Carey Mulligan, she stars in the iconic role of Daisy. The dress is from Prada’s spring/summer 2010 collection, it looks like Ms. Kloss is wearing it with the front/back reversed.

More about the costumes from News.com Australia:

Australian director Baz Luhrmann called in a favour from a 16-year-old friendship when he tapped Miuccia Prada, of the famous fashion house, to collaborate with himself and his designer wife Catherine Martin for the costumes in the sumptuous production.

In an exclusive interview in Vogue Australia’s May issue out tomorrow, Prada discusses the results, including an incredible dress designed for Carey Mulligan – playing Daisy Buchanan – which is covered in crystal chandelier drops.

Two of the Prada costume sketches via Fashion Foie Gras.

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Via Fashion Foie Gras

More from Fashion Foie Gras:

Just in case you are wondering, the collaboration between Miuccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann is not completely out of left field. The two have had a long friendship and actually collaborated recently for the Miuccia Prada / Elsa Schiaparelli exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, the original link to film goes back much further. Sixteen years ago, Miuccia Prada actually worked with Baz Luhrmann to create Leonardo Di Caprio’s suit for his 1996 remake of Romeo+Juliet.

Two more Prada sketches.

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Via Fashion Foie Gras

Another big cover tied to the movie’s release, US Vogue. Its May issue showcases Carey Mulligan on the cover.

Vogue

Vogue

Retailer Brooks Brothers just launched its Gatsby Collection.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

The retailer made more than 500 ensembles for the movie, 1700 pieces altogether when including neckwear and shoes.  The tie with Brooks Brothers makes sense, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a regular customer. This WWD story has insight, quoting Catherine Martin:

“Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.

“It was this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic,” she said.”

Brooks talks about the collection:

The collaborative effort, unprecedented among past Brooks Brothers partnerships in its depth and scale, consists of formalwear and daywear, including tuxedos, tailored suits, suiting separates (sport coats, waist coats, and trousers), shirts, ties, shoes, and accessories.

The Brooks website offers background on its collection, including a peek at several archival images. Below we see several straw boaters.

Brooks Borthers

Brooks Brothers

The updated version.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Below, the Tipped Blazer ($798) and a closeup of the special label going in Gatsby merchandise. Among other things, I imagine this will boost the collectible value of the pieces. (Translation: look for them on eBay, no?)

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Several more styles.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

A final look from Brooks Brothers.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

While the collection is clearly not intended for Brooks’ traditional customers (like yours truly and the Consort) it is creating substantial buzz on retail and menswear blogs. It will do well.

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Another storied brand with pieces used in the film, Tiffany.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

Above we see The Savoy Headpiece, crafted of diamonds and freshwater cultured pearls set in platinum.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

It can be yours for $200,000.

Yesterday Tiffany unveiled its Gatsby themed windows.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

Last night there was a soirée at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store celebrating the collection.

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

This Women’s Wear Daily story has more:

“… (Martin) was drawn to the jeweler because F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a Tiffany & Co. customer and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the brand’s first design director, ran with the Long Island social circles portrayed in the story.

From the Tiffany Ziegfield Collection, we show the Daisy Pendant in sterling silver with black onyx and freshwater pearls ($400) and on the right, the Pearl Tassel Necklace with sterling silver ($1200).

Tiffany Gatsby Jeweler #1

Tiffany & Company

Also from the collection, we show the Pearl Ring ($475) and Cuff Links ($375), both done in sterling silver.

Tiffany & Company

Tiffany & Company

Both the Tiffany and Brooks Brothers collections are available for purchasing in stores and online now.

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The Great Gatsby opens nationwide in the USA on May 10, it also headlines Cannes May 15.

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Here is the latest trailer.

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby

Until next time, may the news be brighter wherever you may be.

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Friday Fun: Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Gatsby

Hello-Hello, happy almost-weekend.  Today we thought a good dose of Friday Fun was in order.

Warner Brothers

We begin with a look at some of the remarkable costumes in the upcoming Great Gatsby film. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire plays narrator Nick Carraway.  The project remains on track for a Christmas release.

© 2011 Bazmark Film III Pty Limited/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

It turns out the men are wearing costumes by Brooks Brothers. In fact, Brooks has made more than 500 ensembles for the movie, working with Academy Award-winning designer Catherine Martin, she made ample use of the company’s archives in creating the designs.

Brooks Brothers Archives via Women’s Wear Daily

More from The Hollywood Reporter:

The leading men’s looks in the 3D version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic include everything from formal tuxes and three-piece check suits to striped bow ties and oxford shoes.

Warner Brothers via Brooks Brothers

Women’s Wear Daily points out the company has made “…some 1,700 pieces, including neckwear, accessories and shoes —  for the cast and extras.”  In addition to Brooks storied reputation as America’s oldest retailer, there’s another reason the firm was such a good fit for the costumes, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a customer. Back to the WWD story, quoting Catherine Martin:

“Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.

“It was this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic,” she said.”

Warner Brothers

According to the WWD article Ms. Martin noted that Brooks “has also defined the collegiate style — the preppy look — which was so close to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Princeton heart.”

Warner Brothers

The designer continued:

 The same look was described in ‘The Great Gatsby’ by narrator Nick Carraway as his look of choice the first time he visits Gatsby’s mansion for one of his neighbor’s extraordinary parties: ‘Dressed up in white flannels I went over to his lawn a little after seven, and wandered around rather ill at-ease among swirls and eddies of people I didn’t know — though here and there was a face I had noticed on the commuting train.’

Via Buzz Sugar

“Swirls and eddies of people I didn’t know…” is just one line demonstrating why so many of us love this book. Bliss on paper.

We still don’t know who has done the ladies costumes, including those for Carey Mulligan, the actress plays Daisy Buchanan.

Warner Brothers

But we do know that Tiffany did jewelry, pieces for the interior sets, along with other items like china and sterling flatware.

Warner Bros. via Raymond Lee Jewelers

Ms. Martin’s decision to use Tiffany echoes her sentiments in going with Brooks Brothers:

“… (Martin) was drawn to the jeweler because F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a Tiffany & Co. customer and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the brand’s first design director, ran with the Long Island social circles portrayed in the story.

Costumes for the 1974 movie starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow were done by Ralph Lauren.

Via Netrobe

I don’t know, Leo….Robert.  Brooks Brothers….Ralph Lauren.

Deep thoughts for a Friday. (Heh-Heh-Heh.) If you’ve not yet seen the trailer, click here for 2-1/2 minutes of lush, luxurious Baz Luhrmann beauty.

May your weekend be warm and wonderful!

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