This is not F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby. This is not Herbert Brenon’s Gatsby. This is not Elliot Nugent’s Gatsby, or Jack Clayton’s, or Robert Markowitz’s, or even Christopher Scott Cherot’s. This is Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby. Luhrmann had a vision for the adaptation of Jay Gatsby’s story; like Fitzgerald, Luhrmann recognized a man committed to dreams and fantasies while being simultaneously attracted to and thwarted by his times and the characters he shared them with. For Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby embodied a commentary on the Roaring Twenties. For Luhrmann, Jay Gatsby embodied a commentary on the modern, contemporary new millennium. Luhrmann’s adaptation is fresh and fierce, blending the flashiness of the Roaring Twenties with the latest styles, trends, and attitudes. The Fierce Gatsby, inspired by Luhrmann’s sparkling spectacle, makes full use of the geometric shapes and modern angles of the Art Deco movement while combining the opulence of glossy black, glistening turquoise, and bright gold. Orli says, “Jay Gatsby, a product of both his times and his own mind, as a man and character was intimately linked with his fantasies and desires for his life. The relevance of such a character is unmistakable across the decades, which I think is why Fitzgerald and Luhrmann were drawn to him. I wanted to create something that stayed true to the Roaring Twenties aesthetic and lifestyle while incorporating a fierce, modern freshness.”
The next time you prepare for a formal event and feel yourself lapsing into your formal routine, just stop, because you have the right to remain stylish. Being formal doesn’t mean being tiresome or usual. Orli is refining fine by re-finding and redefining it. For Refinery, Orli has created pieces worthy of the black tie with her typical twist of interesting. She has taken the concepts of formal and fine and remixed them for a sleeker, more elegant, and more striking result. Remix and re-find your formal style.