Varsity-inspired items from RL’s Rugby line fit in well at last Sunday’s 25th annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon. Of all the vintage events wacky Californians put on, this one is by far the most spectacular.
Held at the Dunsmuir House, an estate in the Oakland Hills, the event features music and dancing, vintage cars, and a contest to see who can create the most opulent picnic spread (this year’s winners practically recreated their entire living room).
This collegiate layout got an honorable mention. Its creators actually erected bleachers draped with raccoon coats and a goal post for kicking field goals:
This Penn State jacket was a recent vintage discovery by Michael Haimovitz, who found a snapshot of the original owner inside the jacket (Haimovitz is pictured below with enlarged version of the photo). Turns out the guy was Penn State’s head cheerleader in 1930:
The darted 3/2-roll cream flannel Cornell blazer from 1941 (top image) was enough to win its wearer the men’s costume contest.
The event is worth planning a weekend getaway in the Bay Area. Mark it on your calendar for next year. — CC