The first holds the dubious honor of being the first NC-17 movie aired in the U.S. and trust me, it was well-deserving of the rating. The second was an indie film made by then-indie-now-commercialized Miramax Films and it made me feel quite the elitist for having heard of it, let alone for having watched it.
Both, however, are significant to me stylistically because, a. by dint of time and imprecise memory, they have morphed in my mind to represent all things 20s, thus fitting in nicely with this week’s theme, and b. the themes inherent in them touch a lot on duality. And being the consummate Gemini, you know I’m all about duality.
In Henry and June, sexuality becomes this fluid thing, with both men and women taking control in opposite- and same-sex couplings. Androgyny is also featured prominently; this was, after all, gay Paree in the 20s. Think absinthe, louche living, and women wearing trousers and smoking cigars with élan.
In Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, the sparkle and rapier wit of the members of the Algonquin Round Table was portrayed as merely a backdrop to the despair and alcoholic ennui rife amongst its members. For all that Dorothy Parker was clever and renowned, she ended up alone and sad and forgotten.
Today’s bonus outfit hopefully captures this duality: it’s femme in its fluid lines, beaded detailing (the collar of the top, better seen here), sassy blue cloche and strappy sandals, and yet it’s got masculine elements in the structured piped blazer and almost-too-slouchy trousers. I think it’s a perfect way to end my trip through the Roaring 20s. And it’s a perfect way to showcase un chapeau for Judith’s Hat Attack linkup.
Hope you all enjoyed the extra OOTD post. Happy weekend!
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Blazer – Merona @ Target
Trousers – NY&Co.
Sandals – gift from Mom
Hat – eBay
:: Linking ::
Hat Attack @ Style Crone