Romance is definitely not dead in Austenland, the costumed Rom-Com opening tonight. Austenland is a fantasy camp where damsels dress-up in frilly frocks to woo their Mr. Darcy. Unlike today’s form-fitting “body con” styles, back in Jane’s day, ladies lured suitors with layers and lace. As the film’s slogan says, want to “make your fantasy a reality?” Stroll over to Echo Park for frippery fit for an English garden. Owner/stylist Erin Tavin’s eponymous shop, Tavin, is a fashionista utopia. At Flounce, the vintage gems are hand-picked by owner Lisa Gerstein. Leave it to these two ladies to be anything but Plain Jane. Click on our slideshow above for a romp through the Regency era. Now that’s fashion sense and sensibility.
With over 10 years of costume designing under her belt, Alexis Steinman has shopped this town inside and out. Working on prominent shows (“Weeds”, “CSI”) and outfitting an array of celebs (Jenna Elfman, Anne Hathaway, Sir Richard Branson), this industry insider will be sharing her cinema secrets with us weekly.