This past weekend was the first of two weekends of the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. This was my third year attending; this event remains one of my very favorite summertime events in New York City. Picnicking to the sweet sounds of the Dreamland Orchestra, attendees dress in their finest 1920’s Jazz Age Fashion.
This summer has been full of “Gatsby Themed Parties” (I was invited to five last week alone!), so I was challenged to do the 20’s in a new exciting way. I am covering the details of my specific look in a post tomorrow, but first wanted to share an overview of the pictures I took at the event. Enjoy!
The weather was overcast, but the rain (thankfully) held off so we could enjoy the event. In fact, I found the gray skies to be a lovely, cooler alternative for enjoying a picnic. It also cast a beautiful ambient light perfect for photo-taking.
I try to picnic as much as possible in the summer. People at the festival had gorgeous printed blankets covered in every delicacy: from tiered plated full of cupcakes to a delicate memorial of a lover lost in war. And of course, is there really anything more romantic than to see couples with full bellies and hearts lying in love post-picnic?
One of the first girls I encountered was this amazing fashionista and artist with this INCREDIBLE HAT she made herself. Admittedly, I was a bit jealous and tempted to pretend she didn’t exist… but I just had to have a photo of THAT HAT! I can’t wait to create my own piece, but it must be tremendously heavy. I actually got to chat a few moments with “Tash” and we are hoping to collaborate very soon. Stay tuned and, in the meantime, check out her website for blow-your-mind artistic inspiration.
Not surprisingly, I ran into some fashionistas I already know, like Miss Jenny Minkey (@JennyMinkey). And, of course, I made some new friends as well.
The event always has pop-up shops with vintage goodies from local Vintage Retailers. My favorite is Odd Twin. You can check them out here:
The children in attendance always steal the show. If I ever have children, I will dress them in vintage all the time– adorable!
Of course, Fabulous Fashion was everywhere– here are some of my favorites.