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Pushing the envelope with trendsetting ideas

Pushing the envelope with trendsetting ideas
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Feathers, Flappers and Fitzgerald

The Swinging Twenties are indeed making a comeback in everything from fashion to design to event planning. It is easy to see why this era of glitz and glamour is currently a huge trend.  The fashion (loose but sexy flapper dresses, cloche hats, feather fans and glittering headbands), architecture and decor of the 1920's are filled with punchy graphic geometric detail that immediately catches your eye.

 Inspired by the recent film adaptation of  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby, this romantic and ornamental era celebrates the decadently lavish parties of  1920s. I can see in my imagination shiny Roadsters zipping past, glamorous women with flapper headbands dancing the Charleston with men in their most dapper tuxedoes.  

Herewith some stationery guidelines to make this trend your own:

1. Go classic1920

An easy way to show off vintage and glamour is to add an Art Deco style border with font to match. Try to keep it simple as the border will be intricate enough.  Adorn with a feather.  Dress code would be flapper attire with bejewelled dresses and top hats.

2. Play with colourful Deco patterns & colours

Bringing in unexpected colour combinations to a Gatsby-inspired invitation, gives it a slightly more contemporary feel.  I have uploaded a few Deco patterns on my Pinterest board,  Trend: Great Gatsby

3. Metallic razzle-dazzle

For a truly Gatsby-glam look, add gold detail - either gold foiling or dip the tip of a feather in gold glitter.  Rose gold is a stunning on trend alternative to gold and leans itself to numerous fresh colour combinations.  If you want to create something truly luxurious, have gold paper lasercut in an Art deco pattern and line your envelopes with gold tissue paper.

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