How To Channel The Great Gatsby For Your Next Event!

Photo by Zach Miles

Photo by Zach Miles

Does the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties bring a smile to your face? How about the vision of the Manhattan’s glistering skyline? You’re not alone. New York has long held a romantic appeal for most and when combined with the nostalgia of vintage the effect of this is felt tenfold! NYV Vintage is the perfect theme to bring some flair to an ordinary event, to get people inspired and revive some of the most extraordinary moments in history whilst enjoying an evening of indulgence. And naturally, you will need to dress for the occasion.

Now, before you instantly start digging through your wardrobe for that perfect sparkly dress, let’s address other aspects of organising this majestic event. From finding the most invigorating, retro spot, all the way to tantalising your guests’ palate, here are a few essential tips to bring your retro NYC-inspired party to life!

Vintage 80s Devore Velvet Dress

Vintage 80s Devore Velvet Dress

Dress In True Vintage


We’d be lying if we said our favourite part of any occasion wasn’t picking out our outfit (although we like to pretend it’s an enormously stressful affair!) Now, you could probably go out there and find perfectly new and modern garments that have been designed in the spirit of the flapper girls (think Virgo’s Lounge). However, why not go all out and treat yourself to true vintage wearables that will help you channel the spirit of the past - and be completely unique!

You can find authentic garments from the era and you’ll be able to contribute to saving our humble planet from fast fashion decisions. Not to mention that you can keep wearing your vintage outfit to future events! So, consider a classy evening dress with tassels or beads, pearl-white, or even textured. Although original flapper dresses are often too delicate to wear, you can get some fantastic bedazzled jackets or Halston inspired draped numbers to evoke the power dressing of the 1970s and 80s.

Vintage 40s Cut Glass Sautoir Necklace

Vintage 40s Cut Glass Sautoir Necklace

Coco Chanel-worthy accessories

Complement your true vintage outfit with a selection of classic accessories that scream ‘Upper East Side Chic’! You might want to to find equally retro accessories such as printed bags that match your specific outfit of choice. Look to pared down icons such as Coco Chanel and Billie Holiday that earned her fame in the underground NYC jazz clubs of the 1930s.

Find a sautoir style necklace (long with a pendant that hangs down to your belly-button level) to mimic the flapper vibe and don’t forget about the timeless Chanel fragrance. Other optional additions to your look include long translucent gloves (about to make a real comeback, apparently!) or a headpiece with some glitter or a few feathers attached.

Photo by Johann Trasch

Photo by Johann Trasch

Timeless tips for your menu

A sophisticated evening will only be complete with a menu bringing together some of the City’s favourite tastes and drinks. With that in mind, you can look to every renowned mixologist in NYC worth their salt, who often create custom cocktails for events incorporating vintage ingredients with modern flavour combinations.

Think: the Hanky Panky with its mixture of sweet vermouth and powerful gin, the timeless El Presidente that brings forth the tastes of Cuba during the prohibition era, or the royally delicious Brandy Alexander based on sweet cognac and a pinch of nutmeg.

Deck The Halls

Whether you plan to celebrate an anniversary, a wedding, or even if it’s a brilliant corporate event to impress your clients, look into venues of different sizes and style.

You’ll find that London is actually brimming with vintage-style venues, all suited for a variety of occasions where you can host a perfect NYC-inspired gathering. Then again, a small party can be equally glamorous in your own home, with some carefully selected design flourishes!

That means plenty of glitz, be it in the form of shimmering chandeliers, clothes from 80s, glittery champagne glasses, or prominent centrepieces. Soft jazz playing in the background and allowing your guests to mingle and chat is always a perfect way to bring balance to your event.  

Louisa Rogers