Monday Muse: Daisy Buchanan Inspires Sass & Bide Pre-Fall 2014

Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan

Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan

Call it a comeback, because Daisy Buchanan was the It-girl of 2013. Not only did Baz Luhrmann bring her back to the big screen in his 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but she was on the mind of designers at New York Fashion Week, too. Just about every show called out a return to feminine details, including the diaphanous, sheer fabrics that both Mia Farrow and Carey Mulligan wore in their respective films, as well as drop waists (see: Tory Burch and Carolina Herrera) and decadent embellishment. As we see more and more of the Pre-Fall collections, however, we’re noticing that Daisy’s demure, dainty looks are still going strong, especially at Sass & Bide. The Australian label, under the direction of designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, have given Mrs. Buchanan a fresh new wardrobe in their latest collection, keeping the Jazz Age alive and well for 2014.

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan

In both movies, Daisy Buchanan walks a fine balance between decadence and soigné depression — she is, after all, pining after a lost love and a victim of the social hierarchy of the New York. While Mia Farrow’s Daisy wore pastels and dripped with pearls to emphasize F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fascination with the flapper, there was always an air of upper crust polish and well-heeled modesty to her looks. Fast forward from ’74 to 2013 and we see Daisy decked out in one-of-a-kind Prada creations as well as Tiffany jewels in Baz Luhrmann’s film.

Carey Mulligan played the ill-fated heroine with a sort of sad nonchalance, but what we noticed most was the way that Miucchia played with the flapper’s signatures and brought them to a more modern and unmistakably fashion-forward place. Some of the outfits riffed on Prada’s most memorable collections while others were created from scratch just for Baz — a few might have even been in homage to Farrow’s wardrobe. No matter which you prefer, the accurate or the avant garde, there’s plenty to take in, because just like Fitzgerald’s novella, Daisy Buchanan is much more than what she seems on the surface.

Sass & Bide Pre-Fall 2014

Sass & Bide Pre-Fall 2014

Sass & Bide Pre-Fall 2014

Sass & Bide Pre-Fall 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking a cue from icons of the Jazz Age, such as Art Deco, drop waists and strong, bold patterns, the Sass & Bide Pre-Fall 2014 collection channels the fun and glamour of one of Gatsby’s lavish parties and translates the fun and frivolity into clothes that cool, downtown girls would love to wear. The Australian brand has a huge year in 2013, opening a brand new global flagship in Manhattan as well as coming back to show at New York Fashion Week (Clarke and Middleton had taken a break from the tents for the past few seasons), so when we spied this playful and powerful collection of cocktail dresses, separates and even gowns, we knew that Sass & Bide was making a huge statement. While they were known for beachy, boho looks in the past, they’ve taken that laid-back attitude and changed it up, showing a collection that was just as cosmopolitan as is twas casual.

Shapes such as jackets and sheath dresses normally reserved for 9 to 5 were done up in more casual fabrications and included details such as basketweaving and beading. The pieces that Sass & Bide have built their brand on — the jumpsuit, maxi dress and more — were festooned with big bold crystals (a nod to Prada’s Daisy, perhaps?) and Deco prints that begged for cocktails in hand and after-dark festivities. It wasn’t all throwback, however, because those Art Deco details were also seen on the season’s trend-driven pieces, such as a bomber jacket and trim track pants. If 2013 was a year of big accomplishments for the brand, it looks like 2014 will be all about celebrating.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.