The world of Jay Gatsby, where cocktails float and beautiful shirts fly lends itself to a glossy 1920s themed editorial or two. So it's hardly surprising that the fashion world has gone wild for Fitzgerald in the year long run up to the release of the Great Gatsby. In the film Carey Mulligan wears cocktail and evening dresses adapted by past Miu Miu and Prada collections, but Baz's Daisy slipped into flapper couture by the likes of Miu Miu, McQueen and Chanel for her Gatsby cover shoot for US Vogue.
The editorial looks like it has been directed by Jay Gatsby himself, as it is an explosion of feathers and sequins with some of the most breath-taking couture gowns we have ever seen. On the cover she is in lime Oscar de la Renta and is dripping with diamonds. But it's not all about the fashion, in the Gatsby issue Carey also opened up about her preparation for filming, and describes Daisy as a Kardashian of the 1920s. Yes, really.
Carey said: ‘I seem always curiously interested in myself, and it’s so much fun to stand off and look at me. . . .’ That’s a direct Zelda quote. It’s that kind of feeling: I’m-so-little-and-there’s-nothing-to-me, watch-me-have-nothing-to-me. She feels like she’s living in a movie of her own life. She’s constantly on show, performing all the time. Nothing bad can happen in a dream. You can’t die in a dream. She’s in her own TV show. She’s like a Kardashian.”
Just when we thought we couldn't love Ms Mulligan any more she came out with this line 'I once put my hand on my hip on the red carpet and regretted it instantly.' Jake Gyllenhaal also gushes about the pixie-haired starlet in the interview as he said 'If it doesn’t feel true to her, she doesn’t do it.... they were telling her she should get a publicist, and she was going, ‘I don’t understand why I would need a publicist.’ Her focus has always been the work.”
In the interview we find out that almost every starlet in Hollywood auditioned for the role of Daisy including Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Williams, Blake Lively, Keira Knightley, and Natalie Portman. She also describes how she found out she got the part at the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Awards where she was presenting with Mr Karl Lagerfeld, as Baz called her and said 'Hullo Daisy.'
She then went and celebrated getting the part with pint-sized fashionistas Mary Kate and Ashley. 'I won’t go into details, but let’s just say she went from being a bit Daisy to being more Zelda Fitzgerald,' Luhrmann said. 'The thing about little Mulligan is she’s physically very gamine, she’s got this beautiful innocence in her face, but there is a bit of a wild streak in her—a bit of Zelda, a bit of the zany.' Oh to be at that party.
At Grazia HQ we have developed a serious case of Gatsby mania, and it isn't likely to stop until 16 May when the epic hits cinemas in the UK. The fourth trailer has just come out and features the soundtrack by Florence and the Machine and Lana del Rey. Bring on May 16...