Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cinema Connection--Art Deco Film Icons Inspire RALPH LAUREN for Spring 2012


Not only is Art Deco style a theme at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival, but it is a huge trend right now in fashion for Spring 2012.  I will share many examples throughout the month, but knew that these Ralph Lauren designs from the pages of Vogue would need to be first.  After all, I just covered the style of 1935's Top Hat extensively on GlamAmor and anyone can see that these new dresses--made of bias-cut satin and topped with ostrich feathers--are pure Ginger Rogers.  And Ginger wasn't the only muse for Spring...





Ralph Lauren also included this white satin suit in his Spring 2012 collection, which draws inspiration from another 1930s icon--Marlene Dietrich.  Always known for being brave in fashion and wearing menswear before anyone ever approved of it, Marlene wore a black tuxedo in 1930's Morocco and a white tuxedo in 1932's Blonde Venus.  Offscreen, she famously sported a cream-colored suit (below) whose style designers and celebrity stylists still continue to copy.  Marlene paired hers first with a blue tie and beret, and then a bow tie and fedora; Ralph Lauren refrained from using a tie and chose a cloche to style his suit instead.  

Regardless, it is easy to see that these are two additional examples of how Old Hollywood continues to influence design and what we wear in fashion today.  Never underestimate the relevance of classic cinema.



Marlene Dietrich in tux and tails with Cary Grant in 1932's Blonde Venus

4 comments:

Kay said...

LOVED this and boy, RL's clothes, as always, are sublime! Thanks for sharing and drawing the dotted lines between today's fashions and their classic cinema roots. I loved this, Kimberly!
Warmly, Kay
PS: Just blogged about Marlene here:
http://moviestarmakeover.com/2012/02/11/whatever-lola-wants-lola-gets/

Kimberly Truhler said...

Thanks for the comment and for sharing your post on Marlene! Yes, you know me and my mission...to show the Old Hollywood origins of fashion, both in the past and how it continues today. I have torn pages and pages from the magazines, so RL is only the beginning. It's so interesting how Art Deco style is really resonating right now...so many of the costumes in the Oscar-nominated films this year are from that era as well. Loving the synchronicity!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful clothes. I look forward to more inspiration for bringing this style into my own choices. I've been seeing ads for TCM's film festival--I find myself looking for you! Kit

Kimberly Truhler said...

Oh Kit, aren't you sweet! Interestingly, TCM actually filmed a 'Fan Story' with me before last year's festival kicked off and they have yet to air it. My friends are wondering if they're perhaps holding off until closer to this year's film fest...who knows. Will you be attending?

And Art Deco style is so glamorous that I, too, have been looking for ways to weave it into my wardrobe. I just wore a 20s-esque dress to an event at FIDM the other night since it was celebrating all the Oscar nominated movies, including THE ARTIST. I will try to post pics soon...we weren't allowed to take any (bummer--studio confidentiality) so waiting on FIDM to send theirs to me to use!

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