Saturday, 28 December 2013

Get The Look: American Hustle

Awards season is coming, awards season is coming! For movie buffs, it's the perfect time to essentially live at your movie theater and analyze each critically acclaimed contender. If you are a complete fashion nerd, these next few months allow you to geek out over red carpet dresses. "Of course she'd wear the Elie Saab" and "Delpozo, why are you so beautiful?" are just two things style savants are bound to say. But in the (not-so) rare event you have a thing for both movies and fashion (a la yours truly), Awards season is the perfect time to do all the fun, aforementioned activities and gush over the on-screen ensembles.

In case you don't keep up with nominated films, let me give you a quick lesson: American Hustle is one of the most buzzed about movies of the season. With an all-star cast-- Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence-- Silver Linings Playbook genius David O. Russell as director, and a criminal plot that is too juicy to ignore, don't be surprised if this flick takes home a slew of statues this season.

But unlike many cinema groupies, I have an additional appreciation for the movie: the clothes. Amy Adam's Sydney Prosser is dressed to the nines in Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses, sultry low-necked frocks, and even some dangerously crimped hair. On the other sartorial hand, Jennifer Lawrence's Rosalyn Rosenfeld wears everything from salacious white dresses, to Real Housewife worthy track suits, to eccentric fur, to retro prints. I know what you're thinking, pure bliss.

Amy Adams in American Hustle (Photo)
Amy Adams in American Hustle (Photo)
Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle (Photo)

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American Hustle (Photo)
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle (Photo)
Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Röhm, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner in American Hustle (Photo)
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle (Photo)
"Wait a second," you say as your inner fashion nerd rears its oh-so glamorous head. "A seventies revival sounds all too familiar."

You are right ladies and gent. If you recall, seventies chic was all the rage amongst top cruise collections. While Gucci brought a healthy dosage of shimmer and lengthy hemlines, Louis Vuitton returned retro glam to the average working woman. Let's not forget that Emilio Pucci's cruise collection boasted the perfect printed maxi dress and Chloé's Claire Waight Keller successfully infused retro trousers into a very nautical presentation. Is it just me, or are you also yearning for some very groovy time travel?

Gucci Cruise 2014 (Photo)
Louis Vuitton Cruise 2014 (Photo)
Emilio Pucci Cruise 2014 (Photo)

Chloé (Photo)
Luckily, we don't need to resort to the Saturday Night Fever days to unleash our inner disco queens (or kings). With a few styling tips (and some swinging pieces), you can rock a look that is equal parts modern and seventies-inspired.

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You heard it from Rachel Zoe, and you saw it in Austin Powers in Goldmember, gold lamé is the perfect way to revisit the gilded decade sans time machine. Don't have any gold lamé stored in your closet, and that Lanvin gold dress doesn't fit into your shopping budget? Opt for a shimmery gold dress. Add some spice to this look with silver accessories. Yes, style savant, it's okay to clash your metallics. As for your beauty routine, save the bold lip for a less extravagant ensemble. Complete this look with a messy updo and a slight smokey eye.

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Round neck sweater / Lauren Ralph Lauren capri pants, $230 / Yves Saint Laurent sandals, $1,205 / Yves Saint Laurent crossbody handbag / Dolce & Gabbana clip on earrings / Chloé tortoise shell glasses, $160 / Nars cosmetic

During this style era, women wore the pants. Paying homage to the great Katharine Hepburn, this decade was the time to sport your high-waisted trousers. Revitalize this fad with a voluminous top in a neutral hue. Not only does this look give a nod to the days when Jane Birkin and Bianca Jagger ruled the world, it's bound to make any street style photographer swoon. As a finishing touch, platform sandals will complete this look and elongate your legs. Unlike the previous look, this outfit is perfect for a colored lip. Nars's Pigalle shade is perfect--it gives your pout a little punch without pushing the envelope.

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Diane Von Furstenberg dress / Little Mistress white coat, $115 / Yves Saint Laurent black pumps / Ralph Lauren satchel handbag / Lauren Ralph Lauren earrings

As any fashion groupie knows, Diane von Furstenberg's famous wrap dresses are the epitome of seventies chic. Channel your inner working girl by pairing this frock with some polished accessories. To give this look a seventies savvy twist, add a pair of gold hoops- very stylish! Though fur was all the rage during this era, throwing on a (faux) fur jacket is too costumey. Instead, try a wrap jacket with a (faux) fur collar-- you'll get the same results with this classic alternative.

What do you think of this seventies revival? Sound off below!

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