Who doesn't love throwing that unforgettable party? Get inspired to take it to the next level as we show you how to create the perfect theme for every occasion. We're excited for the remake of The Great Gatsby to hit theaters. On today's episode of Theme My Party, find out how to throw a Gatsby-scale party for a girl on a budget! From DIY glitter flutes to luxurious lemon cakes almost too pretty to eat, we're sharing tips to make sure your guests have a roaring good time. Watch the video, then keep reading for the recipes.
The Great Gatsby finally comes out this week, which means the world will get to see Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character. You can get a pretty good idea of what to expect from the many trailers that have come out and the leaks of the soundtrack, and if you can't get enough, good news: here's a ton of pictures. Click through to see 60+ photos from the movie, including looks at each character in costume, shots of the amazing, eye-popping sets, and even a few behind-the-scenes shots.
The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters this weekend, but we're focusing on another treat from the film: the soundtrack. The collection compiled by Jay-Z is out this week, and we've been streaming it nonstop — both imagining where the songs fit into Baz Luhrmann's adaptation and loving them on their own. With artists like The xx, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, and Jay-Z himself, the soundtrack is eclectic and ambitious, and I'm already addicted to the compilation and its very cinematic, bold feel. Find out which songs I think stand on their own.
- "Back to Black" by Beyoncé and André 3000: It's hard to improve upon this Amy Winehouse song, and thankfully, no one is trying to outdo Amy vocally. Instead, it's a truly creative reworking of the song that gives it a brand-new, awesomely edgy sound. And as much as I love Beyoncé, it's André's part that's more evocative.
- "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey: This haunting ballad captures the doomed romantic feel of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan's entanglement — it's beautiful and sad and on a grand scale.
- "Love Is the Drug" by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: This is probably the most authentic-sounding song for the 1920s era, because of the legitimate jazz outfit supplying it (they're also the band on another of the soundtrack's songs: the "Crazy in Love" cover). The upbeat tempo distracts from the underlying morose theme (which is very Gatsby).
- "Bang Bang" by will.i.am: The Black Eyed Peas frontman's track mixes big band with a thumping club beat. Pretty much what you'd imagine the revelers to be dancing to in Gatsby's home.
Gatsby-goers, enjoy happy hour with a 1920s twist and English flair by serving up a classic Pimm's Cup. A gin-based tipple with low alcohol content, this citrus cocktail is only complete when topped with fresh lemon, cucumber, and a sprig of mint. In honor of The Great Gatsby remake, here are the simple steps needed to cool down your Gatsby fever and stay refreshed all Summer long.
Go behind the scenes of The Great Gatsby with the movie's hairstylist, Kerry Warn, who gave us a little insight on the classic hairstyles in the movie, along with tips on how you can re-create a vintage look, too. Warn, an international creative consultant for John Frieda, worked with the film's creative team to design a variety of hairstyles for everyone from lead Carey Mulligan to the extras in the backdrop. Referencing the book's descriptions and working with the film's director, Baz Luhrmann, Warn was able to duplicate a variety of Roaring '20s coifs.
POPSUGAR: How did you go about designing the looks for The Great Gatsby?
Kerry Warn: I first met with Baz and costume designer Catherine Martin, and then read the script and also did some of my own research on the period. From there, I started to workshop ideas to see how they would look.
PS: Do these styles translate to modern times?
KW: I think they translate perfectly as we have seen 1920s influence in fashion for the last 50 years. The bob hairstyle seems to have come back around. In high-fashion images, we see slick hair, which all harks back to the '20s, as well.
PS: What are the tricks to achieving vintage styles for the everyday woman?
KW: If you have short hair, it is much easier to accomplish than long hair. Wavy hair is great — you can mold your wave with finger waving to create the look. A short bob like Louise Brooks's is also a perfect look. With long hair, it's about the elimination of the length, which can be difficult unless you have a friend that can help you to pin the back up. Also a row of pin curls along the nape of the neck was something that we used in the film.
PS: What's the trick to mastering finger waves?
KW: I have to admit, they are very difficult to do. I recommend starting on very wet hair and choosing your part. Hold the comb at right angles with the hair and scalp and using the index and middle fingers, secure the wave as you place it to move on to the next one. [Warn and her team used John Frieda Curl Controller Styling Gel ($6) to create the many finger waves on set.]
Today, the latest interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby hits theaters, transporting us to the glittering, jiving 1920s and the tragic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. It's an ornate era that just screams "wedding theme."
In the midst of post-World War I prosperity, the Roaring '20s were all about new technologies, jazz music, speakeasies, and a flippant attitude. For fashion, this meant simple elegance: feathers, pearls, boas, flapper dresses, bucket hats, and brooches. Weddings were much more informal than in earlier eras — gone were the corsets, tossed aside in favor of drop-waist dresses that showed a bit of leg. Brides danced everything from the foxtrot to the Charleston, and most preferred platinum or white gold wedding rings over traditional yellow gold. Hoping to channel a bit of Jazz Age pizzazz on your big day? Here are some luxurious, inspiring ideas to help you carry '20s charm into your wedding celebration.
Carey Mulligan stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the highly anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which is out in theaters today. She chatted about her experience auditioning next to her "acting hero" Leo during a stop on Live With Kelly and Michael. Carey described herself as a "complete mess" upon meeting him for the first time and details how she sealed her role with a kiss. Hear what Carey had to say about kissing Leo!
From the amazing soundtrack to the designer costumes, there's plenty of Jazz Age inspiration from The Great Gatsby, and I turned to the art deco style of the period for this striking nail design. This look is surprisingly easy to DIY; all you need are scissors, tape, and black and gold polish.
First, I applied two coats of Nails Inc. Black Taxi ($10) over my base coat. Once my nails were dry, I started cutting pieces of tape into small triangles to form the angular design. (You can see how the technique works from this starburst nail art tutorial.) I placed the cut pieces of tape onto the parts of my nail that I wanted to stay black, using three pieces of tape per nail to create four gold points shooting out from the base of my nail. Once the tape was laid down, I went over my nails with the gold-toned Deborah Lippmann Nefertiti ($19). I made sure to rip the tape off right after, or else you won't get crisp lines as the polish dries. Next, I added a little flapper flair with the glittering Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow ($20) on top of the gold polish. Seal everything in with your favorite top coat, throw on a sparkling headband, and you're ready to hit a Gatsby party.
If you're anything like us, you're counting down the days until The Great Gatsby hits theaters today. And thanks to the film's book cover that was recently released (featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan), we can just feel the excitement drumming.
It's not the only Gatsby cover to leave an impression, though. Since the novel was first released in 1925, many illustrations and photos have been the face of the legendary book. Here, we've rounded up 20 of them that are whimsical, bright, and full of 1920s flair. Click on to check 'em out.