As many of you know, The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite novels. I’ve styled the characters several times here and Daisy Buchanan is easily in my top posts. Last week at the Ralph Lauren show, I couldn’t help but think of the East Egg and West Egg gang. All the clues were there—detailing, feathers, drop-waists and lots of movement. If you’ve been a follower of Textbook for a while, you’ll know that my favorite collections get a lot of play each season. Let me say this, Ralph will get a lot of play. Good show.
In a recent discussion at the office, we were going over our favorite books from high school. All the usuals made their appearances, Catcher in the Rye, Pride and Prejudice, A Separate Peace, Of Mice and Men and of course The Great Gatsby. I’ve posted Jay Gatsby before and Daisy twice but thought I’d take another look with the new collections. The brief rundown is—Gatsby is rich and has a crazy love affair with Daisy, but Daisy is a greedy trollop who only cares about status. Gatsby dies and despite their love for each other, that bitch doesn’t even show up to his funeral. Good god woman, have some respect. In the crazy Jazz age of East and West Egg, there were some great parties and plenty of money floating around, so you’d best believe Gatsby had some good style or…steez.
1. What’s up Daisy, look at my designer jeans…yah, a lot has changed since high school.
Coat and scarf by Corneliani, cardigan, shirt and tie by Canali, jeans by Junya Watanabe, boots by Paul Smith
2. Daisy, you just killed that woman! (edited from man, i read the book over 10 years ago, gimme a break)
Coat by Rag & Bone, pants by Salvatore Ferragamo, shirt by Junya Watanabe, cardigan by Billy Reid, shoes by Hermes
3. This party SUCKS, but at least I look AWESOME
Coat by Thom Browne, suit and shoes by Yves Saint Laurent
I’ve received tons of requests for a re-style of Daisy Buchanan. She was one of the very first posts I did back in 2009 so she was due. Having been unable to marry Gatsby prior to the story taking place, Daisy found herself a rich and suitable man in Tom Buchanan. However, once Gatsby begins hosting lavish parties and bathing in money, she rekindles their relationship. When her husband discovers the affair, he plays on Daisy’s greed and pride to end their love after an intense scene at The Plaza Hotel by exposing Gatsby as a bootlegger. Daisy rushes out of the city with Gatsby chasing after her and in their journey home, Daisy kills Myrtle (a minor character) with Gatsby’s car. Unable to identify the driver, Myrtle’s husband tracks Gatsby as the owner and murders him before committing suicide. Daisy, once in love with Gatsby, fails to attend his funeral and faces no penalty for her crime. Oh Daisy, I wanted to like you so much, but you’re disgusting.
1. “I live on East Egg, that’s like way better.”
Dress by Oscar de la Renta, coat and bag by Tory Burch, shoes by Loewe
2. “I’m going to a party on West Egg, when did I become this desperate?”
Dress and bag by Valentino, shoes by Dries van Noten
3. “Well, that’s the end of Myrtle…”
Dress by Alexis Mabille, shoes by Elie Saab
All images from Vogue UK.