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Ranking the best vintage looks from 2023's awards season

Ranking the best vintage looks from 2023's awards season
From the BAFTAs to the Oscars, the red carpets have heated up during the 2023 awards season. As we see celebrity style names like Louis Vitton and Alexander McQueen, all eyes are on the famous faces using their platform to influence this year's hottest fashion trends. 
Like any other year, 2023's awards season saw some serious style standouts. Malala Yousafzai attended her first-ever Oscars awards, dressed head to toe in Ralph Lauren's silver sequin gown, while Rihanna commanded the Golden Globes red carpet with her ruched Schiaparelli couture.
However, 2023 has also seen a reappearance of vintage glamour on the red carpet. As our favourite style icons rock timeless frocks and champion the upcycling movement, it's time to rank our favourite vintage looks of the season.

1. Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchet is no novice when it comes to re-wearing her legendary looks. She has been seen sporting her cobalt-blue-sleeved Alexander McQueen suit at a number of red-carpet occasions in an attempt to promote sustainability within the fashion industry.
Fast-forward to the 2023 BAFTAs, Blanchett further embraced her upcycling habit by walking the red carpet in a gorgeous Maison Margiela dress, first styled at the Oscars in 2015. Sporting a reworked version of the famous gown, Blanchett, who picked up the Best Leading Actress award for her role in Tár, made a sustainable statement with her style.
"On the red carpet, fashion is about being exciting, making a splash, and pushing our industry forward, so the bar is high," says Elizabeth Stewart, Blanchett's stylist.
Adding elegant frills to the hem and sleeves and pairing the gown with a timeless Louis Vuitton necklace, Cate Blanchett most definitely got the media talking.

2. Winnie Harlow

The 95th Academy Awards saw 28-year-old supermodel Winnie Harlow rock her own version of the "old school Hollywood circa 2000s" look on the red carpet.
The Canadian model commanded the runway with her bright yellow Armani Privé gown, which had been reworked for a modern twist on classic vintage.
Taken from Armani's Spring couture collection from 2005, this flowy number featured a draped train, black zipper and sequined flower accents and a slim fit.
Better still, the founder of Cay Skin paired her look with a range of stunning silver jewellery and a classic black clutch.
"I just wanted to keep it really chic and classy, so we're going with Archive Armani from 2005, and just some really beautiful soft hair, glowing skin," Harlow said in her E! Red Carpet interview.

3. Kendall Jenner

The Jenners are known for making fashion statements, and Kendall is no exception to the rule. Strutting the Vanity Fair 2023 Oscar Party carpet in a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier look, Kendall stole the show in her mermaid-inspired scale dress.
The 2008 number from Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring/Summer haute couture collection was first styled by Marion Cotillard during the 80th Academy Awards celebration, where the french actress won an award for her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.
Originally styled in an ivory colour, Jenner took the look one step further, adding accents of shimmery bronze and aquatic scales for an outcome that screamed bold vintage glamour.

4. Zendaya

We can't rank our favourite vintage looks without throwing Zendaya into the mix. After appearing at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards in two upcycled looks, this Emmy award-winning actress rocked the red carpet.
Her carpet look swept the floor as she styled the 2002 vintage Versace dress. In elegant black, popping with lines of green, early 200's couture certainly suited Zendaya's bold personality. Choosing not to pair the look with a necklace, she let this elegant statement dress do all the talking.
Her second outfit consisted of a beautiful remixed version of Prada's 1993 Spring/Summer collection. In true 90's fashion, she sported a star-studded bralette and a low-rise matching skirt, perfect for a pop of real-time vintage.

5. Olivia Rodrigo

Last but not least, let's talk about Olivia Rodrigo. Turning up to this year's Billboard Music Awards in a 2001 Chloé set, Rodrigo brought Gen Z charm to vintage fashion.
Sporting a pair of low-rise trousers and a luxury-style leather tube top, we were instantly transported back to the early 2000s. Think Gwen Steffani and Britney Spears. The look Rodrigo tapped into made the statement that vintage fashion trends are never too old to bring back to the red carpet.
As upcycling becomes a new red carpet favourite, a new era of sustainable fashion is on the horizon. Get ready to embrace the current vintage trends dominating Gen Z as soon they will line the high streets.
Banner image credit:  Photo by Becca McHaffie on Unsplash

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