Reel Style: Jazz Age Ensembles from “The Artist”

"The Artist" dominated last night's Academy Awards show just as Jazz Age ensembles seemed to dominate designers' Spring '12 collections.

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Jazz Age looks inspired by "The Artist."
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Not only did last night's Academy Awards declare "The Artist" to be the best film of the year, but it also confirmed it as one of the most stylish, with a costume design award given for its superb, Jazz Age ensembles.
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The lovely Bérénice Bejo became something of a style icon in her own right with her portrayal of Peppy Miller, a young dancer on the verge of a big break.
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Peppy's signature style called to mind a '20s-era Coco Chanel, with her knee skimming skirts, drape-neck blouses and long chains of pearls.
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The film may have been shot entirely in black and white, but that didn't stop the clothes -- with their elaborate embroidery, silky pleated skirts and elegant detailing -- from lighting up the screen.
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Interestingly, the Roaring '20s were a major theme on the spring catwalks, especially at Ralph Lauren, where crisp, flapper-like looks were paired with matching cloche caps and feathery accents
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At Gucci, drop-waist flapper dresses with bold, Art Deco detailing felt nostalgic yet modern. Here, an elaborate, beaded confection with a pleated skirt and shimmery gold stripe.
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At Derek Lam, rainbow-bright sequins gave a classic '20s silhouette a fresh, youthful appeal.
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Etro's spring '12 collection was a study in '20s-era chic, with strong geometric motifs and beaded flapper details.
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For a futuristic twist on the "Great Gasby" look, Victoria Beckham added geometric cut-outs to the waist of a classic flapper silhouette.
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We think Peppy would have found plenty to love in this classic Carolina Herrera look, which features zig-zagging stripes and shimmery black beading along the bodice.
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Of course, it's easy to envision Miss Miller in a swinging gold number like this one from Marchesa, which creates the illusion of a halter neckline with a sheer silk overlay at the shoulder.
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Art Deco accents also appeared at Alberta Ferretti, whose tonal palette of white, gold and taupe would have read beautifully in the black and white film.
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With gloves and a string of pearls, this elegant beaded look from Bottega Veneta would be right at home on Peppy's dance floor.
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John Galliano's more literal Daisy Buchanan looks for spring included boating caps and flower corsages.
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This sleek look from Chanel's spring collection feels modern, but still old-fashioned enough to suit Miss Miller's classic taste.
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