Retro Revival: Old Hollywood Glamour Shines Through These Modern Looks

There might be an error in the dictionary, because the definition of the word “timeless” never mentions the style of Old Hollywood’s starlets — pretty much the embodiment of this word! Want proof? Then, turn to the Spring 2013 runways, where these old-timey actress’ aesthetics found their way into modern looks.

Bette-Davis-Inspired Chanel
Davis image via A Certain Cinema. Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 image via Harper’s Bazaar.

Bette Davis’ headline-worthy look from the 1935 film Front Page Woman was evoked by a Chanel frock that featured a prim, split collar, crisply cuffed long sleeves, and noir sheath body.

Hepburn-Inspired Valentino
Hepburn image via Hollywire. Valentino Spring/Summer 2013 image via Forbes.

Audrey Hepburn’s classic dress from How to Steal a Million seems to have influenced this Valentino number, whose floaty A-line cut and delicate, black lace overlay create striking parallels with the Hepburn original.

Dietrich-Inspired Ralph Laurn
Dietrich image via IMDB. Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2013 image via Harper’s Bazaar

The bold Marlene Dietrich was one of the first women to wear menswear. The sleek suits for which she had a penchant were rampant on the Ralph Lauren runway.

Which star’s style would you most like to see reincarnated?

About Hannah

"Q: Where do cantaloupes go for the summer? A: John Cougar Mellon Camp!" From that joke you can surmise a few things about Hannah -- she loves a good pun, she delights in irreverence, and red peppers are her vegetable of choice. How does one figure out Hannah loves red peppers from that joke? Hmm, that's top secret. Hannah also adores outdoor activities, arts & crafts, reading, and being abroad.

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4 Responses to Retro Revival: Old Hollywood Glamour Shines Through These Modern Looks

  1. Hannah Stewart 01/24/2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Anything Hepburn!!

  2. Jeanne 01/24/2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Jean harlow!!!

  3. margaux 01/27/2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Ava Gardiner!

  4. Elyse Frances Enger 01/29/2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Hepburn, Harlow, Fawcett and Taylor!

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