The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 80th Anniversary

Guess Metallic Bodycon Mini Silver Dress, Louis Vuitton Wizard of Oz Display

In celebration of the Wizard of Oz’s 80th anniversary fashion designer Lois Vuitton has paid homage to the story and movie with his limited edition collection of Oz inspired clothing for men. Both his flagship stores in NYC and LA on Rodeo Drive features a yellow brick road and a giant rainbow technicolor man featured in their displays.

My Tin Man inspired Oz dress is from Guess and glistens with metallic silver tones intertwined with black. This petite friendly silhouette is figure flattering and runs slim. The multi strap details adds interest. You are ready for a night out with these Michael Kors silver platform sandals from Michael Kors.

The Rebecca Minkoff silver studded coco clutch is from Poshmark that I got at a great price! Fore more information on how to get a good deal on Poshmark click here.

The Army Jacket, Lions & Tigers & Bears- Oh My!

Wizard of Oz Army Jacket, Opening Ceremony Tigers Coach Jacket, embroidered poppies and kalidah by William Wallace Denslow
Opening Ceremony Tigers Coach Jacket
Opening Ceremony Tigers coach jacket

Lions and Tigers and Bears – oh my!

What you may not know is that in the original book by L. Frank Baum was a creature called the kahildahs who were said to have the heads of tigers, bodies of bears and teeth like lions.

Louis Vuitton wasn’t the first fashion designer to show love to the Wizard of Oz. Opening Ceremony did a collection featuring the drawings of  William Wallace Denslow. I bought this “Tigers Coach Jacket” with army print featuring the beguiling poppies and kahildahs drawings from W.W. Denslow’s work for the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” from Poshmark. It was a fashion find at 89% off the original price with so much detail put into the embroidered work! I love the over-sized look and the sleeve detail is perfect to push up on my arms so it fits my petite frame. For more information on how to find some incredible fashion at incredible prices please click here.

Army jackets can be a great fashion addition to any look – put it over a dress or jeans to heels or sneakers.

The crossbody purse I bought while hanging out at Larchmont Village right off 3rd Street in Los Angeles at a boutique store called Hardwear. I love how it has a back zipper pocket to fit my keys and a zipper compartment in the black and white stripe interior. If you can’t make it down to the store you can also buy the Moda Luxe Voyage Croc crossbody in black off the Moda Luxe website.

The Beguiling Poppy
Poppy Red Trend

In the Wizard of Oz you might remember the vibrant and beguiling poppies in front of the Emerald City.

I love taking fashion inspiration from films and designers by finding items online at an affordable price that evoke a similar style. The poppy flower and color is being featured by designers whose items sell for hundreds and thousands of dollars.

I incorporated the color poppy with Leith’s Belted Poppy Color romper (similar look: Joan Belted Red Blazer Dress) paired with Michael Kors Beverly Butterfly Suede Sandals in Sahara and Kate Spade Poppy necklace. You can currently rent the necklace from Rent the Runway.

The second look is a fashion find featured value from eBay originally priced at $330 that I bought it for $17.50. The Parker Olivia dress features figure-slimming perforated black panels which gives the dress a more youthful millenial appeal. The poppy necklace by Kate Spade was also a fashion find since I purchased it at a Kate Spade outlet store.

I also had fun wearing this classic style blouse with the poppy print and tie-neck tucked into a pair of Topshop Joni Black jeans. Similar designer tops will be so expensive but mine was from Target!

The finishing touch was Bobbi Brown’s nourishing lip poppy color with an outline using the crushed liquid lip in big apple. The color poppy is such a complimentary color for those that cannot wear a strong scarlet red.

Affordable Poppy Fashion

Designer Comparisons

California Poppies

If you want to experience the beauty of the beguiling poppies in person checkout the California’s “super bloom” in March. Visitors can see California poppies in Lake Elsinore growing on the hillsides. As with in anything nature, the fields should be respected and the flowers not trampled on.

Wizard of Oz Dorothy Mural by Artist Levi Ponce
Wizard of Oz Dorothy Mural by Artist Levi Ponce

October 27th: In collaboration with Theatre West, artist Levi Ponce celebrates The Wizard of Oz with a mural featuring Judy Garland, the Emerald City and yellow brick road. See the mural by driving south on the 101 freeway through the Cahuenga Pass. Theatre West:  3333 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Oz Related News

October 29th: A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway” 10pm on NBC, The televised concert features Tony Award Winners Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth (original Elphaba and Glinda) performing and hosting with special guest stars.

November 28th-January 27th: Wicked tour stops at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre with Jackie Burns as Elphaba and Kara Lindsay as Glinda.

January 26th: The Wizard of Oz plays at Cinepolis Movie Theaters as part of the Cinepolis handpicked series

January 27th. 29th, 30th, February 3rd and 5th: The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary plays in select movie theaters as part of Fathom Events

February 8th: Wicked Movie plans announcement  by Universal Pictures slated for a December 22, 2021 release.

February: Wicked releases a special edition cast recording that features additional songs recorded during the 2018 “A Very Wicked Halloween” concert special. Click here to purchase and download.