3 Iconic Fashion Moments, Recreated

2020-05-21

What we need to get dressed for has certainly changed over the past few months. Work, meetings, or off-duty engagements are pretty much off the table, and the ensembles we pull together daily tend to rely heavily on much-loved pieces that look as polished on Zoom (from the waist up, at least) as they feel comfortable. 

For a spot of sartorial inspiration, stylist Sarah Slutsky shared three different iconic style moments that she recreated while quarantining in upstate New York. By pulling pieces from her own closet—including a few pair of Margaux flats—we're reminded how certain silhouettes are undeniably timeless.   

Look 1: Jane Birkin

The image

"Jane Birkin has been a style icon of mine since forever—the easy, "Je ne sais quoi" French girl-chic is always top of mind when I am building my wardrobe. The dress is romantic, but breezy and undone in a way that really feel fresh. Not to mention I will do anything for a picnic basket!"

The iconic elements

"All of the pieces in this image can be easily found in stores today—and this photo is from 1974. A great red ballet flat is the true unexpected hero of this look; it adds a bit of pop and whimsy in a way that keeps the look modern."

The recreation

"I hunted for the perfect vintage prairie dress of my own for this look and ended up finding a resort Celine dress from a couple seasons back on Thredup that I am sure will will be in my wardrobe for many many summers to come. I love that I've given the dress a second life for this look. It sticks with the theme of building a wardrobe that stays true to timeless style."

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Look 2: Sophia Loren

The image

"This picture is of Sophia Loren on the set of More Than a Miracle in 1967.  I am a sucker for a good day or house dress, especially one with sleeves. There is something romantic, and feminine about the silhouette, fitted through the waist and a full skirt."

The iconic elements

"I love how easily it was pulled together. A good ballet flat and sunglasses are the only accessories. Both seen here are silhouettes that still feel relevant 50 years later."

The recreation

"The dress is from Mara Hoffman, and the similarity between a 2020 spring gown to one Sophia Loren wore in 1967 is uncanny. I shouldn't be surprised, though, as Mara Hoffman is a champion of sustainable fashion, and timeless silhouettes in beautiful fabrics that will last is right up her alley. To me this is such an everyday summer look; it's easy for any occasion."

Shop The Classic in Cacao here


Look 3: Marion Cotillard

The image

"When in doubt, a uniform for those 'fashion emergency' days has been a personal strategy. We all know those mornings when you just don't feel inspired...I get through them with a really good white shirt and black trousers. I love how Marion Cotillard is just perched in a chair, hair tied back, and yet she looks sophisticated and flawless.

The iconic elements

"Truly, a white button-down and black pants are a recipe for success. The key is in the fit. A pant tailored to the right spot on the waist and hemmed exactly at the ankle will make all the difference. Same goes for the shirt. I love an oversized button-down, but for uniform beginners a crisp, perfectly fit shirt goes a long way."

The recreation

"The black trouser and white shirt can go anywhere. Throw on a heel and lipstick and it feels elevated; pop on ballet flats and it's perfect for a casual day. The combinations just go on!"

Shop The Demi in Black here

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