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Food Mood | Lost Generation Chic

August 10, 2011

Sometimes you wonder why all of a sudden you're guzzling Dark 'n Stormys at every party you go to, or why all the 20-something baristas are wearing vests and have handlebar mustaches, or why you're curing your own chorizo. It's no accident. We're all are slaves to fashion. Here's the latest food mood -- and all the inspiration you'll need for your next dinner party, from tabletop to powder room.

Between Woody Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris, and the resurgence of spectator shoes and the Negroni cocktail, there’s a definite whiff of Lost Generation Chic in the air. We think it’s the cat’s pyjamas and the bee’s knees! - Martine, Food52 shop editor

Midnight in ParisNegroni SbagliatoDeanna Di Bene FascinatorIzola Apothecary Shower CurtainCapitol Skyline TypefaceClaus Porto Madrigal SoapThe ArtistEileen Gray Adjustable Table Jellies & Their Moulds

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Top row: Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, in which Owen Wilson's character visits his favorite artistic and literary era; Frank Bruni's ode to the Negroni Sbagliato, (literally a "messed-up Negroni"), made with prosecco and invented in Italy around 1919; a Louise Brooks-inspired fascinator, a hair clip made with white peacock feathers and opalescent beads.

Middle row: An art deco shower curtain covered in period beauty appurtenances; Capitol Skyline, a Streamline Moderne font which contrasts open counters with elongated ascenders and descenders; Claus Porto’s Madrigal Soap, wrapped in a 1920s-inspired wallpaper print.

Bottom row: The Artist, a contemporary French silent film shot entirely in black-and-white; Eileen Gray’s classic Adjustable Table, inspired by Marcel Breuer’s experiments with tubular steel in the 1920s -- perfect for holding cocktails; in Jellies & Their Moulds, a popular Jazz Age dessert gets its due.

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midasw August 17, 2011
fifty years ago my father taught me to improve my Negroni by substituting Punt e Mes for the vermouth. My Italian son-in-law thoroughly approves. In Italy, this version is known as a "Milano-Torino."
gentlestove August 14, 2011
Just had the most delicious Negroni the other night. My favorite bartender of all time served it "up"...the gin, vermouth and Compari "languishingly stirred" ( as surely the Lost Generation would have advised) and garnished with the orange. Who knew Compari gets its color from insects?!? Any body know which insects?
RavensFeast August 14, 2011
I imagine cochineal, no?
petitbleu August 14, 2011
Ah, the age of classiness. Cloche hats, please come back!
Tawnya August 11, 2011
It's funny that you mention Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. This movie was also an inspiration on my cooking blog

Rhonda35 August 10, 2011
I'll take two of the Adjustable Tables and a "messed-up Negroni", please!
la D. August 10, 2011
Love it! Thanks for a fun and inspiring post. What's old is new again...
lorigoldsby August 10, 2011
Yes, it's the "bee's knees!". Thanks for the jog to go create a sophisticated meal for dinner tonight.
Homemadecornbread August 10, 2011
This has been my favorite era in fashion, arts and design for 30 years. The booze, the clothes, the sin! I could go on and on... LOVE IT! Thank you for adding this fun selection to Food52.