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Ten Retro Fashion Trends in American Hustle

January 16, 2014 09:03 IST

Ten Retro Fashion Trends in American Hustle

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Sukanya Verma in Mumbai

This week's release American Hustle has some interesting 1970s fashion trends. We take a look.

In the entertaining American Hustle, appearances are vital for the sweeping impression its protagonists are aiming to create.

Set in the late 1970s, the David O Russell con caper has grabbed a lot of eyeballs for its seductive costumes and lavish resurrection of the fashion fads typical to the Studio 54 era.

Starring A-listers like Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner, the Golden Globe winner is all set for a January 17 release.

Meanwhile, here’s looking at the ten 1970s trends you can spot in this star-studded retro treat.

Plunging necklines

Cleavage gets the chic treatment under costumer designer Michael Wilkinson’s supervision. Wonder how the crew got any work done with Amy Adams sporting a wardrobe of strategic necklines.

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Image: Amy Adams in American Hustle


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Oversized shades and aviators

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Cool is the prerogative of every silver screen con artist. And sunglasses are a ticket to instant suavity.

Armed with the spiffiest pair of vintage eyewear, the stars of American Hustle understand this only too well.

Image: Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Copper in American Hustle


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Statement Hair

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If a decade could be re-created by a head of hair, American Hustle records it with stunning precision.
 
Let’s see:
 
Pompadour. Check.
 
High updo. Check.
 
Big curls. Check.
 
Tight curls. Check.
 
Comb-over. Check.

Image: A scene from American Hustle


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Wrap Dress

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Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg’s most iconic creation makes a sizzling comeback on screen in both its plain and printed avatars.

Image: Amy Adams in American Hustle


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Fur fashion

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Both the luxury-loving luscious ladies in Christian Bale’s life -- Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence -- are shown to harbour a soft corner for extravagant fur coats and accents in their stunning collection.


Image: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American Hustle


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Slinky gowns

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Halter neck, low neck, figure hugging silhouettes, high slits, sequins, silk, American Hustle captures the sexy, shiny glamour of the 1970s to perfection


Image: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American Hustle


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Bling box

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Channeling his inner Travolta, Bradley Cooper lives up to his erstwhile Sexiest Man Alive title donning gold chains, medallions, linked bracelets as the passionate cop attracted to the art of bluffing.


Image: Bradley Copper in American Hustle


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Pinky rings

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While on jewellery, notice how every guy in the caper spots a pinky ring -- Bale, Cooper, Renner -- without exception.

How’s that for consistency?


Image: Christian Bale, Bradley Copper in American Hustle


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Bold prints, bright colours

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You just can’t miss all those layers of velvet and polyester in dramatic shades of burgundy and blue, colourful prints and patterns on silk ties, shirts and ascots (yep, those too!).

And, yay, bow ties are back as well!


Image: Christian Bale, Bradley Copper and Amy Adams in Amercian Hustle

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Animal prints

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Wilkson has often emphasised on how every character dresses like the person they aspire to be.

No wonder Jennifer Lawrence’s edgy Rosalyn likes to wear feline skin on her outfits as well. Leopard-print mumus, jumpsuits, she’s got them all.


Image: Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle


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