Fashion Through The Ages: NYFW Spring ’17 Trends Inspired by Style Icons

It’s no surprise fashion designers draw inspiration from the past, as the New York Fashion Week Spring ’17 runways once again confirmed. When you watch and then look at photos of the shows you may be thinking, “Haven’t I seen that someplace before?” and of course, you are right! Some of these looks date back to 40s and from every era since. So I put together a little match-up of the spring ’17 trends with some of our favorite fashion icons from decades past for proof. Whether it was intentional or subliminal perhaps the New York designers were inspired by these legendary looks.


1940s Marlene Dietrich Menswear


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Marlene Dietrich‘s bold menswear style of the 40s showed up on the runway at Michael Kors. Other designers who showed big lapels were Dion Lee, DKNY and Altuzarra.


1950s Marilyn Monroe Glamorous Strapless Dress

Marilyn Monroe‘s 50s style glamour can work for day or evening. This white strapless Carmen Marc Valvo dress (above right) has a 50s vibe including a full skirt to rock around the clock. Oscar de la Renta and Brandon Maxwell also channeled the screen siren and showed curvy classic strapless white dresses on the runway.


1960s Diana Ross and The Supremes Sparking Silver

Carolina Herrera may have had Diana Ross in mind when she designed this shimmering silver modern gown (above right). Other designers like Narciso Rodriguez, Creatures of the Wind, Erin Featherston and Georgine included sleek shiny silver dresses as one of their spring looks.


1970s David Bowie White Suit

Style icon David Bowie will always be in our hearts, and we can pay one fashion tribute to him this spring with an all white pants suit like this one at Victoria Beckham (above right). Many other variations of the white jacket and pants pairing were seen at Zac Posen, Michel Kors, Boss Woman and Carolina Herrera to name only a few.


1980s Madonna Bra Top Under Sheer

We have to give credit to where it is due and Madonna certainly popularized the concept of underwear as outerwear and revealing a bra under a mesh top. We bet she loves Narciso Rodriguez‘s sheer black top (above right) with a tiny bra-let. Sheer-over-bra-top looks were also shown at DKNY and Erin Fetherston.


1990s Courtney Love Slip Fashion Grunge

Courtney Love had a great idea in the 90s to wear one of her signature slip dresses under a fur. Dennis Basso (above right) likes the idea, too! Slipdresses were seen on the runway at Wes Gordon, Diane Von Furstenberg, Cynthia Rowley and many more. Wear a t-shirt underneath to be totally on trend.


1990s Prince Midriff White Ruffle Shirt

Prince had his own style that mixed up Renaissance with modern body-con. Well a version of his shirt showed up at the Alexander Wang Spring 17 Collection! Midriff-baring looks were huge and at so many shows for Spring ’17, I can’t even begin to name them.

Hey, look me over
Tell me do you like what you see?
Hey, I ain’t got no money
But honey, I’m rich on personality
– Prince

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