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June 28, 2012  | by: Latonya Darrisaw

Flapper style on the spring runways (l-r: Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Etro and Marc Jacobs)

Fashion designers often draw inspiration from films, and the spring 2012 runways were full of inspired fashion from two highly-acclaimed films, The Artist and the remake of The Great Gatsby due out this Christmas. Both films tackle an era known for its social change, luxury, and most importantly, the emancipation of women from restricted clothing to decadent styles that showed off their femininity and curves. Collections from Ralph Lauren and Gucci to Tory Burch and Roberto Cavalli brought back the flapper style reminiscent of the “Roaring Twenties”. Read on to see how our favorite celebrities have embraced the trend, and how you can recreate the 1920′s style in your wardrobe today.

Katy Perry (Photo courtesy of PR Photos)

Pop singer Katy Perry stepped out in style earlier this month at the 2012 Spirit of Life Award Gala in a head-to-toe flapper-inspired ensemble. Katy embodied the ‘20s in a dark peach Nolan Miller slip dress and Manolo Blahnik “Swan” pumps co-designed by Carolina Herrera. The satin fabric, asymmetric hem and embroidery details on the bodice made this a sophisticated look for the “Part of Me” singer, whose style is more bold and daring on the carpet. Her accessories, retro bob and dark makeup were reminiscent of the Charleston era. Wearing everything from long pearls, a multicolored feather, diamond drop earrings, vintage rings and an embellished headband, Katy embodied old Hollywood glamour like that of the 1920′s.

Actresses Evan Rachel Wood, Camilla Belle and Zoe Saldana in Gucci

Actresses Evan Rachel Wood, Camilla Belle and Zoe Saldana all wore Gucci to the fashion brand’s Art + Film Gala. Although each dress had the classic flapper elements like sequins, fringe and geometric prints, it was the luxurious black and gold combination with the drop-waist style that made each unique. Even though the drop-waist gives the body a more “boxy” frame, these three Gucci dresses actually make the body appear leaner by creating the illusion of a longer torso. The runways this season were full of drop-waist skirts and trousers as well.

Emmy Rossum (Photo courtesy of PA Photos)

The trend can work with straight, shift dresses as seen on Emmy Rossum at the “Shameless” season two premiere earlier this year. She wore a metallic Ralph Lauren mid-length dress, matching Ralph Lauren sandals and silver clutch. She pumped up the style by pairing her red pout with pin up curls, typical of the flapper girls in the 1920′s. This is the perfect silhouette for those who crave elegance but wish to avoid the drop-waist trend.


If you want to add the luxe to your own wardrobe staples, you should start with these basic elements: beaded and sequined dresses or tops, tassels or fringe detailing on skirts or blouses, a black cloche or vintage hat, pearls, drop-waist shift dresses, Mary Janes or Oxford shoes, geometric or monochromatic prints, box clutches, and of course, the slip dress. We recommend scouring vintage or thrift stores in your area to get that antiquated feel, or Zara and ASOS have 20′s-inspired finds for less online.


Do you think this trend is just a fad and should be left to old Hollywood, or is it here to stay? How would you mix flapper elements into your day and evening wear looks?

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