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Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party Previews Pale Summer Shades

By Patrick Michael Hughes | June 18, 2012 9:10am

GOVERNORS ISLAND — Pale tones, specifically blush, were all the rage at the Seventh annual Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party this weekend.

More than 3,000 picnickers and jazz music fans celebrated the impending summer season at Governor’s Island, in the first of two weekends of well-dressed revival style and high voltage dancing. The next weekend of jazz-era revelry will take place August 18-19.

Clothes from vintage to modern interpretations of vintage highlighted a few notable fashion moments, with pale tones of rose, tinted champage and mere pink taking center stage.

"Blush looks so lovely in the summertime — it is the season’s trend,” stated Kyle Ericksen of Women’s Wear Daily.

These pales summer tones came in a variety of fabric weights, from diaphanous sheer looks to large openwork lace and nib pen prints. Many silhouettes were knee length to mid-calf flare dresses.

The accessories at the lawn party reflected the spirit of the Jazz-Age, with kid and lace gloves, colorful parasols, cloche hats and pearls. The sounds of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra provided a vintage, yet upbeat, soundtrack to the always stylish event.

Street Chic also noted the increasing influence of H.R.H Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — a.k.a Princess Kate. A distinctively English tone was seen in the fascinators, featuring clusters of roses, ivory feathers and netting. Many of these headpieces were also in pale blush and nude shades.

For men, three-piece suits, well-tailored and with details like covered buttons, ticket pockets and fob-watch buttonholes, had a strong presence. The modern menswear lawn-party look — with a vintage splash — was seen in the burst of color and classic American touch of preppy style.