Fashion between the panels: The GREAT GATSBY.

Fashion between the panels: The GREAT GATSBY.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

Hello everyone out there, as always it’s good to see you. I AM JMADDD STYLES , and I would like to take this time out to welcome you to my latest blog post: Fashion between the panels: The GREAT GATSBY. I’m back once again with the latest installment of this ongoing blog series. This time not only am I taking you between the panels of this classic book and movie , to pull out the inspired fashion and creating new looks. But this time I’m whisking you off to a whole other time period as well. The roaring 20’s , 1920 to be exact , to the era where the fashion was impeccable and the style was undeniable. The style was so fashion forward that the looks from this time period still translate well today. So pull up a chair and stay awhile. Because not only are you about to be styled by JMADDD , but you are about to be styled with roaring 20’s inspired looks as I take you into the fashionable world of The GREAT GATSBY. With that said let’s get started.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

I’m taking you to a time period where style almost seemed to be the requirement, not a lack there of. Where great fashion seemed to be the norm and not just for special occasions. To recreate this look , I didn’t have to tweak the look too much , because then even the fit was well tailored and the clothes were of the best quality . Much like now for a suit to look it’s best , you want it to be tailored to you. If it’s not bespoke then you want it to be altered to look as close to bespoke as possible.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

As the saying goes , Real men wear pink , or perhaps Salmon , or even possibly mauve. All variations of the color pink. To recreate this look I went with a single more light color variation of pink , I also didn’t do the look in pinstripes, and instead of the two toned spat I went with a more dressy cap toe cognac color shoe , and topped the look off with a proper topper , the classic men’s boater hat to give you the true authentic GREAT GATSBY feel. I also gave you the look with and without a tie, to show you the versatility of the look.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

This next look is one of my personal favorites, and always has been. The look of a cream or off white colored suit is always classic and classy. Not to be confused with a completely white suit. This color takes on a different feel from the normal white. , but much like white there are so many different ways that the suit can be worn. The color combinations are pretty much endless as because both white and off white are both neutral colors that make almost everything look good with it.

In this movie they truly captured the essence of style and quality fashion , it wasn’t just the main character that was superbly dressed , but the supporting cast was as well. Still showing you that during this time period , people took great pride in their appearance no matter where they were going or not going.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

These next two looks show you how earth tones, browns and olives , go a long way , when recreating these looks , I used different shades of brown and beige. In the top look I gave you a two toned spat styled shoe that recreates the feel of style from the time period of the 1920’s , then for the second look i went with a double monk strap dress boot in cognac brown , although these two looks both use muted tones , they are by no means plain or dull.

To capture this next look , I went with a double breasted suit in glen plaid , but everything in this suit is in the details. With in the glen plaid pattern you see a red/burgundy stripe that runs through the suit. I wanted to highlight that , so to accessorize the suit , I wanted to bring that stripe to the forefront. To do this I went with a two toned spat in burgundy , and kept the tie and pocket square the same color.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

This next look is as classic as it gets when it comes to men’s suiting , no matter what the time period. The navy blue suit is always a major staple that is and should be in any well dressed man’s wardrobe. To recreate this look , I started with a peek lapel navy blue suit as the base of the look , from there I kept it classic. With the two toned navy spat , then added in pops of color with the tie and pocket square.

Now it wasn’t just the men that were style stars in this classic film and during this era. The women were fashion forward and over the top stylish as well. Not sure what I mean ? Well let’s take a look.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

Now you see what I mean ? The looks and the image that the ladies of this time period in this movie capture , is pure classy and absolutely regal to say the least. To capture this look , I had to make a few changes. I still went with a halter neck evening gown, but with a more plunging neck line still capturing the feel of the look, and to capture the look even further, I went with bold jewelry accents and an evening sandal that plays off the jewelry.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

The next two looks give you a true roaring 20’s feel , the first look is done in different shades of nude or beige. Highlighted with gold in both the shoes and the jewelry. Then the true classic piece in the whole look is the bell hat also done in nude. The second look is truly a recapturing of the above picture. Starting with the cape dress , but I changed the color pallet of the look from off white to navy , and highlighted the look with burgundy accents from the bell hat , to the ankle strap pump , and the major detailing in the watch and the cross the shoulder bag.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

To recreate this look I went with a plunging neckline gold dress, that is highlighted in black, a slight change to the original look, but keeping the true aesthetic of the look. Then to compliment the plunging neck line a gold necklace to make use of the open space, then to finish the look off , to twin pearl bracelets and a black evening sandal , the perfect way to finish this look off.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

For this look , I started with a floral print maxi-dress , done in black and pink. To highlight this look I went with pink diamond earrings, a rose gold diamond ring . Finishing the look with a strappy sandal , that has a rose attached to it , and a tiny clutch , that is done in pearls.

All looks are styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

For the final look , to recreate the look above , I went with the pink floral dress , that I accessorized with a silver evening sandal, a long diamond necklace, the pink laced gloves and a diamond bracelet , to play off the necklace.

Well there it is , we have just come to the end of yet another blog post. I’m going to now return you from the roaring 20’s , and back to the 2000’s . This has been Fashion between the panels : The GREAT GATSBY , and I AM JMADDD STYLES. I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed presenting it. That’s it for now , so until the next time…IM GONE…!!!..

Be sure to meet me back here , for my next upcoming blog post.

Fashion between the panels: Mo’better Blues….

Fashion between the panels: Mo’ Better Blues.

Hello everyone out there as always it’s good to see you. Welcome to my latest blog post: Fashion between the panels: Mo’better blues , by the way just incase you’re not yet familiar with me I AM JMADDD STYLES. For todays Fashion between the panels, im flashing you back to the 90’s , 1990 to be exact. When director Spike Lee came with probably one of his best if not the best of his films Mo’better blues. The film was visually great and had some of the coolest characters that I had seen put on screen in a movie. The question is what made it so cool ? Well if you ask me in my fashionable opinion it was the imagery, the fashion , and the musician lifestyle that went hand in hand with the fashion creating some very cool and memorable characters that would stand the test of cinematic and fashionable time.

Now everybody in the film had major style adding to their character, but the major characters that the film focused in on were Spike Lee’s character: Giant , Denzel Washington’s character : Bleek , Cynda Williams character : Clarke and Wesley Snipes character : Shadow. Each of these characters were equally inspirational from a fashionable standpoint as well, so that’s who im going to focus in on to show how the fashion they displayed still translates as fashion forward looks for today ,with a few minor tweeks or changes. So to get started let’s take a look at

Giant : Spike Lee

Giant was the manager of Bleek’s band although it often looked as though he was being taken lightly as a manager, he still had real style , the first look that I wanted to recreate to show the timelessness of the look , was the suede baseball jacket look above , as he scrambled down the streets of Brooklyn to escape the hitmen that were after him for his gambling debts. This look was so timeless that it didn’t require much changing when recreating it , a slight tweek to the style of hat , and added a crock skin ankle boot to really set the dress pants off with no cuff for a more modern fit.

The next look that I wanted to capture was the look that Giant (Spike Lee) was wearing on the iconic movie poster and album cover , the opening picture of this blog

To Capture and restyle this look , I had to make a few changes, the look from the 90’s in the picture had a plaid or checked pattern with a mustard color pair of pants ( hot at that time) with a black shirt. To modernize the look , I gave the look a slight color change from mustard to more chocolate brown and beige as the accent color for the blazer. Im never a fan of black dress shirts , so I went with a cream color spread collar shirt , and kept the fedora to complete the look.

Shadow : Westley Snipes

The next character whose style that im going to recreate is Westley Snipes character Shadow. You will notice a common thread that runs through alot of each individual look is they all knew how to wear a proper topper, a hat. For this look of Shadow’s that im going to recreate the hat is a key part of the look.

Similar to the 1st look that Spike Lee had on above , this too is a casually cool look with suede green baseball jacket , with a fedora to finish off the look.

To Restyle and update the look but give it the same feel , I went with a green seude denim style of jacket , kept the more cognac color brown for the shirt and pants and finished the look with a suede chocolate brown dress boot , then finishing the look once again with the signature fedora to keep the feel of the original look.

The next look is a bit of a step up to being more dressy , a classic black suit look with turtleneck. To restyle this look I wanted to go with a different shirt. Although I always like the look of a turtle neck and suit , but for the recapture of the look ,

wanted to go with a designer polo shirt , an animal print pocket square and finished the look with a dressy casual designer loafer. Giving you the look from then but looking more completely now.

Now For this look Shadow is once again giving more of a dressy casual vibe , to recapture and update the look

I kept the fedora, that’s always timeless, but I added a two toned button down , similar to the shirt being worn by Shadow, but to finish the look I added in a new dress boot beige dress pant to offset the colors in the shirt , recreating this look with a modern twist.

Clarke : Cynda Williams

From The minute Cynda Williams ( Clarke) stepped on screen her whole style was undeniably noticeable, as she appeared at Denzel Washington’s ( Bleek ) door. That look that you see above is the first style of Clarke that I wanted to recapture and style.

The Main focal point of the look being the red wool coat then the hat that is seen above , a women’s fedora or floppy hat. Since you don’t see the rest of the look from the waist down, the look is completed with a tailored pant a designer ankle boot and polka dot blouse or shirt.

The Next look that really grabbed my attention years ago , is the famous record store scene with Clarke and Shadow, I captured Shadow’s look from this scene a few frames above. In this scene Clarke has on a bodycon striped dress , a classic look in itself that has never gone out of style. To recapture and restyle the look , I went with two different dresses for variety to give you the same look and feel from the movie , but tweaked the look just a little.

To Show you the look could be done with two different color dresses and slightly different style of dress , but the common thing is that both looks show you how to put Clarke’s look together in more than one way. But still give you the basic style.

Then for her final look , the evening dress for her first appearance singing with the band, once again a perfect example of how the feel of a look can be done even if you change the dress to another style , the blue print and red carpet style is still the same.

Creating a timeless look of both impeccable style and unforgettable fashion .

Bleek : Denzel Washington

Every now and again, there comes along a movie with a character in it that comes across so cool that it leaves an impression in your mind of how cool , cool can be. Eddie Murphy did it in Boomerang and Denzel Washington captured the same type of cool in Mo’better blues , except the character was more on the artistic side and because of that side being displayed more his flaws added to the eccentric coolness. But what added to this was the image of the character, his fashion since came across as cutting edge and cool as he did , let’s take a look , starting with the first look above.

The look from the movie was a not so much orange but more of a rustic or rust color double breasted suit , with white dress shirt. As much of a fan of a good double breasted suit as I am , I wanted to recreate the look with a slight change. The suit that I went with was or is a two button single breasted suit , the colorway is in the same family , but a little darker , the dress shirt is white but a semi-spread collar for more of an expensive and right now look , that would look great with or without a tie. To finish the look a suede dress boot and a simple jewelry piece to bring the look full circle. That’s where fashionable improvisation comes in cause that’s the details you don’t see.

For the next look , staying with the suit theme , cause a good suit look goes a long way. I first showed Shadow ( Westley Snipes) black suit look , now to show the versatility of the look , im going to recreate Bleek’s black suit look.

It’s amazing how a different persona , give a whole new look to basically the same style of black suit. The look for Shadow was more casually cool , but the look for Bleek is more on the smoothed out dressy casual side. Once again a semi-spread collar dress shirt , tie optional, this time the suede boot in black and to round the look out a pair of black shades lightly tented and a standout timepiece. These small details completely make another all different look.

Now I could have very well created more looks based around Bleek (Denzel Washington’s) character, but the variations I did for the two looks captured the Fashionable Likeness and Essence of the character perfectly, so im leaving it right where it is.

Well There it is , the end of yet another blog post , this has been Fashion between the panels: Mo’better blues and I AM JMADDD STYLES. Stay close ill be back soon with another all new blog post, that you don’t want to miss. However that’s it for now , so until the next time…IM GONE..!!!