Old Hollywood Glam With a Modern Twist

Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich would have approved of super-glam Old Hollywood looks on the spring catwalks.

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While many designers experimented with daring, futuristic styles for spring, others looked back to Hollywood's golden era, when leading ladies like Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Bette Davis lit up the screen. At Temperley London, a high-drama white caftan dress with a floral-embroidered bodice was shown with a silky head-wrap and black sunglasses.
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Feathery pink boas and elaborate beadwork gave Ralph Lauren's ethereal spring dresses an Old Hollywood glamour.
At Jaosn Wu, pretty peplum waists and dangly beaded fringe transformed his simple silhouettes into super-elegant evening looks.
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Prabal Gurung's regal purple gown is a perfect blend of old and new design references, from the classic French lace o the modern leather pailettes sewn down the bodice.
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Lela Rose's entire spring collection was oozing with movie star magic, from the bustle waist details to the elegant spring floral patterns.
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A sweet off-the-shoulder look at Zac Posen featured a swishy mermaid hem and was styled with a red-carpet-ready bejeweled clutch (we think Marilyn would approve).
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Criss-cross stripes and a bejeweled single shoulder give this silver Carolina Herrera gown a kind of "Emerald City," Art Deco appeal.
Speaking of the Emerald City, Elie Saab offered up elegant emerald looks for spring executed in shimmery sequins. This deep-V gown with a slim belted waist was one of the most memorable of the collection.
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Naeem Khan's metallic one-shoulder dress would have been as appropriate at a 1945 premiere as it would be on the red carpet today.
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Flapper-like fringing has a definite Old Hollywood vibe, and nobody did the look better this season than Marchesa, who rendered this off-the-shoulder gown in shimmery gold beads.
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A furry white stole lends movie star glam to Oscar de la Renta's feathery nude lace gown.
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Finished with elaborate geometric beading and a single shoulder, Gucci's fringe-hem cocktail dress has a jazzy look that iconic dancers like Cyd Charisse would have appreciated.
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There's nothing more Catherine Hepburn than pairing a casual white dinner jacket with a super-glitzy gown like this sheer beaded number from Roberto Cavalli.
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A white Old Hollywood look at Christian Dior is finished with a sheer black silk panel and black lace applique.
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An understated silhouette with a long, ballerina-like tulle skirt and triangular silver beading along the bodice give this Chanel dress a subtle—but super-sophisticated—Old Hollywood look.
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