You probably saw Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby this summer, and  if you’re anything like me, have since become enamored with Lana Del Rey’s voice and art deco everything.  But what is art deco really? The term gets thrown around a lot.  Some people (myself included) tend to associate it primarily with jewelry, however it pertains to much more.  While there is some ROCKIN’ deco inspired jewelry on the market right now, let’s take just one minute to understand was it really means!

art dec·o
noun: art deco
  • an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France in the 1920s, flourishing internationally in the 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation. (Wikipedia)

Art deco

Inspired by cubism (amongst other art movements), deco style uses rectilinear and geometric shapes, and is in contrast with the  Art Nouveau style, which uses curved lines.

Art Nouveau
Did you have a poster like this in your college dorm room too?


This concludes your Lady Olive art lesson 101 (wouldn’t I be a GREAT teacher?!) The sheer thought is frightening.
All of this DECO talk got me thinking about earrings I’ve been coveting that have a definite art deco, flapper-esque vibe.
Top: 1. Kenneth Jay Lane,  2. Ben Amun,  3. Rachel Zoe

Bottom: 4. J.Crew, 5. Sole Society,  6. Juicy Couture

  1. I spotted these Kenneth Jay Lanes on Gilt, aka the bane of my existence.  While no longer available, I would highly recommend Gilt right now for some gorgeous earrings. Just type “earring” in the search box and you’ll get the whole shebang.
  2. A girl can dream, right? These Ben Amun beauties look like deco meets Cleopatra. So exotic!
  3. Rachel Zoe, say what you want about her, but she is an amazing designer. These earrings (still dreaming here), are deco with an edge.
  4. “Luxe Crystal Statement Earring” that sums it up. Get on my ears!
  5. How pretty are these deco drop earrings? The perfect amount of sparkle at the perfect price!
  6. Juicy-it’s hard not to think about the jumpsuits. But these spike drop earrings are 1 part Gatsby, 2 parts rocker.  On sale for $40!

Do you plan to incorporate some Gatsby-glam into your wardrobe or home decor? Are you weirdly fascinated with different art movements although you never went further than grade school art camp?

One thought on “DECOrate

  1. This design is incredible! You definitely know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
    Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

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