STEP & REPEAT: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Cannes 2015. No one does it better than the French- fashion that is. The Cannes film festival dazzled this year with actresses, models, socialites and everyone in between giving the Palais des Festivals a dash of chic. Don't think these glamorous gowns escaped my eye, with each new look I spotted a not so subtle nod to the fashions of the past. Check out the post below!  - Lauren Wilson

The queen of the silver screen Charlize Theron hit the Palais des Festivals in Cannes in a canary yellow Christian Dior gown. Her pointed bustier top and sharp draping are reminiscent of Gianni Versace’s yellow corseted gown, the original king of sexy. 

Supermodel Karlie Kloss hit the Cannes Film Festival’s AmFar Gala in a slinky metallic Tom Ford gown. Channeling her inner 90’s goddess á la the three muses  from Vogue’s May 1993 issue shot by Helmut Newton. 

Model Miranda Kerr takes the plunge in this hot pink Emanuel Ungaro gown at a party during the Cannes Film Festival.  Her disco inspired dress most definitely recalls Halston’s 1970’s aesthetic. 

Daughter of rock & roll royalty, Zoe Kravitz is effortlessly chic in this ethereal sheer white gown by Valentino. Her hint of skin and soft draping could only take inspiration from one woman- Madame Gres. Here a white gown from 1972. 

STEP & REPEAT: FROM CIARA TO CINDERELLA

This week, we bring you a mix of celebrity styles inspired by fashions past. From Ciara channeling Saint Laurent suedes to Lily James looking very glam in a Dior inspired gown, here are three stylish celebs dressing in very vintage-esque ensembles. 

Ciara puts her street style to the test in this super chic suede jacket and pants by Theory and Giuseppe Zanotti lace up knee boots. The second I saw this lux look I immediately felt that Ciara had raided the Yves Saint Laurent archives. In 1969, Saint Laurent’s safari inspired collection made the fashion girls go mad including his muses pictured above, Betty Catroux and Lou Loulou de la Falaise. 

The ultimate cool girl, Gwen Stefani plays around in a polka dot Dolce & Gabbana frock at a luncheon for The Hollywood Reporter. Looks like she took her cue from this portrait of a Parisian woman at the turn of the century shot by the Seerberger brothers.

Lily James, Disney’s newest princess in Cinderella, is exquisite in an embellished dress by Nicholas Oakwell Couture at the Russian premiere of the film. Her dreamy dress is a dead ringer for this Christian Dior Couture dress from Spring 1949 shot by Lillian Bassman. - Lauren Wilson, ITA contributor

STEP & REPEAT: THE ACADEMY AWARDS

The grand dame of awards shows, the Academy Awards, were held this past Sunday in Los Angeles. Considered fashion’s most buzzed about runway, the ladies of the 2015 carpet proved they belonged in a collection of couture gowns that ran the gamut from sweet to sexy. On a red carpet that has seen it all, these fashionista’s each brought a new twist to a classic look. - Lauren Wilson

The stunning starlet of last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie strutted down the Oscar red carpet in a subtle and chic Saint Laurent gown. Taking her cue from the seductive glamour of the 1970’s disco era and king of Studio 54, Roy Halston. Complete with a deep V-neck and sheer sleeves, this dress by Halston, most certainly informs Margot’s Oscar choice. 

Sporting her second look of the night, Jennifer Lopez, here at the Vanity Fair after party, proves why she is the ultimate diva in this fully embellished nude gown and white fur stole.  J.Lo’s look most definitely calls to mind Richard Avedon’s extravagant portrait of Cher in 1974 whose also rocking the “naked” gown. 

While it’s her husband that usually has the ladies swooning, Jenna Dewan-Tatum turns the spotlight on her in this sophisticated Zuhair Murad Couture gown complete with an intricately jeweled art deco belt. Her pristine glamour recalls Geroge Hoyningen- Huene’s image of the alluring gowns of Vionnet for Harper’s Baazar in 1936. 

Behati Prinsloo, model and wife of nominee Adam Levine,  dazzled in a Giorgio Armani Privé  bustier gown featuring black and red beading.  The statuesque model’s textured gown and color scheme recall Louise- Dahl Wolfe’s photograph of a similar dress in 1955. 

English beauty and best supporting actress nominee, Keira Knightley donned an ethereal Valentino Couture gown embroidered with flora and fauna, proving you can be chic with a baby bump, especially in couture! Her sweet look is reminiscent of fellow Brit designer Edward Molyneux’s floral confections. Here featured in Vogue’s 1936 issue. 

Emma Stone proved once again why she is fashion’s girl of the moment in this long sleeved custom Elie Saab Couture gown in shocking chartreuse. Her linear elegance harkens back to Cecil Beaton’s portrait of Coco Chanel in 1937. Having been credited with inventing an easy elegance for women in the early 20th century, it’s no wonder that Emma’s no-fuss style is so reminiscent of Coco herself. 


STEP & REPEAT: SAG AWARDS

The ladies at the SAG Awards put their best foot forward in dazzling gowns with innovative and original twists, but don’t let their bling blind you, there is always an inspiration behing each and every look. Keep reading below to see what images of the past inspired the stars on this year’s SAG Awards red carpet.

Reigning red carpet queen Emma Stone puts a feminine spin on tuxedo dressing in this Christian Dior Couture sheer gown with an elongated tuxedo jacket. Fashion followers will be all too familiar with Dior’s creative director Raf Simons’ homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic ‘le smoking’ look seen here on Cindy Crawford in the February 1989 issue of Vogue.

Golden girl Reese Witherspoon is a true old Hollywood bombshell in a white-hot custom Giorgio Armani gown. Her one shouldered gown and glamorous hair and makeup hark back to the days of 1950’s Paris as photographed by Richard Avedon. Here Sunny Harnett oozes appeal in a one- shouldered Madame Gres gown.

Emmy Rossum is a classic beauty in this shimmering Giorgio Armani Prive gown entirely embellished with Swarovski crystals. Her sparkle evokes Richard Avedon’S iconic 1957 photo of Carmen Dell’Orefice in Paris for Harper’s Bazaar.

Naomi Watts exhibits regal elegance in this navy column gown by Balenciaga complete with an intricately beaded off the shoulder detail. An original design from Bergdorf Goodman, featured in the July 1935 issue of Vogue, took this shoulder detail to the max, but the shape and sophistication surely served as inspiration for Balenciaga’s current designer Alexander Wang.  - Lauren Wilson

 

INTRODUCING: LAUREN WILSON ITA'S NEWEST CONTRIBUTOR

The ITA team is thrilled to introduce our newest team member, Lauren Wilson! Lauren is  currently pursuing a master’s degree in costume studies at New York University. Prior to this, she worked on the VIP relations team at Gucci in New York City. Throughout her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, she also worked at Vogue, ELLE and Giorgio Armani while also completing a semester abroad in Paris studying at the Sorbonne.

Lauren has come on board to manage a new celebrity focused feature that she has cleverly titled "Step & Repeat." This feature compares today's red carpet fashions with similar designs and magazine editorials from the past. 


GOLDEN GLOBES 2015. Award season is well underway in Hollywood and while we care about who takes home the gold we can’t help but think that the real winners of the night are the starlets parading around in one of a kind couture dresses. After a  little dig through the archives of fashion photography, I got to thinking and seeing how inspired the dresses of the present emulate the past. Take a peek at some of your favorite stars putting a little old world flair onto their new world frocks at the 2015 Golden Globes. Just try not to call them outfit repeaters.

Dakota Johnson shimmered in one of the 50 Shades of Grey in this sequined silver Chanel Couture gown. Wonder if she knew that the December 1935 issue of Vogue featured a silver and sequined evening gown by none other that Coco Chanel herself. Looks like Chanel has their archives in order!

Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike makes the cut in this ethereal Vera Wang gown and 5 weeks post baby to boot! Looks like she took a page from Rock and Roll sex symbol Jerry Hall in a photo of Hall circa 1970.

British darling Felicity Jones was regal in a Christian Dior Couture ballgown. It’s dramatic and sophisticated silhouette looked like a nod to Cecil Beaton’s 1936 images of Charles James’ cloaks in a story aptly titled “Poetic Mantles” for Vogue.

   The best actress winner took a page from Greek classicism when she donned this Atelier Versace draped gown. She looks like she could have stepped out of George Hoyningen- Huene’s photos of the diaphanous Vionnet gowns for Vogue in 1933.

The other best actress winner and red-head of the bunch, Julianne Moore looked sleek in Givenchy Couture while also rocking the trend of the evening, metallic. Her liquid silver halter gown is reminiscent of this Jean Patou gown from 1938.