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‘Gatsby’ an unmistakable influence on the runway

At first it was just subtle hints. Beaded fringe on a purse. A model sporting slicked-down marcel curl. But soon, New York Fashion Week in September 2011 started to take on the appearance of a nouveau speakeasy, and it seemed that many of the biggest names in fashion were drunk on bathtub gin and 1920s fashion.

Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig offered frequent and opulent nods toward “Great Gatsby”-era luxury. Would Daisy Buchanan be comfortable in the designers’ shimmering fringe dresses and feathers? Absolutely. Would Daisy’s friend Jordan Baker wear one of Gucci’s black Art Deco dresses or an Etro geometric dress with fringe? No doubt she would.

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