There is one event every year that really is "all that jazz", Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra's Jazz Age Lawn Party. You may have missed it in June but dont fret, its so the bees knees that once a year isnt enough. This two day jazz festival is held one weekend in June and once again in August on the scenic escape from NYC, Governor's Island. The festivities include some of my favorite things; vintage shopping, vintage cocktails by St Germain, swing dancing lessons, tons of great food, performances by Gregory Moore and The Dreamland Follies, Roddy Caravella and The Canarsie Wobblers, Queen Esther and so many more, picnicking on the lawn and maybe drifting off for a quick afternoon nap under the breezy trees. This year I photographed the party in digital, 35mm, some expired and medium format film. Its all mixed together and I hope you enjoy! Pictures really arent enough to convey the spirit of the afternoon, but we hope to capture a moment, So, dress in your 1920s best, board the ferry and transport yourself into the past with me. Photography: Laura Okita
This year I wore my vintage 1920s cloche hat and did my makeup inspired by one of my favorite runway looks of all time, the Dior John Galliano Couture 2007. My favorite Miu Miu glasses have such a 20s feel but kept my look modern. My dress and kimono were also both vintage from the 1920s.