American Hustle is up for 10 Academy Awards - but even if the '70s crime caper doesn't bring home the hardware on Sunday night, the fashion critics will still be raving.
There's a definite disco influence strutting back into fashion’s current trends. While we can't pin it all on the film's popularity in theatres last fall, it's not a stretch to imagine that audiences (like Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper's on screen alter-egos) were sucked in by the allure of Amy Adams' character, a seductive con artist with a glamorous wardrobe pilfered from the back room of her co-conspirator's dry-cleaning biz.
"The more labels she had, the more fur, the jewelry, the better - even if the jewelry was fake. She owned that stuff, even though we know it was from a laundromat," says Talia Brown, a Toronto-based stylist and personal shopper. "It was all about being over the top and eye-catching."
The film is a whirlwind of backdoor dealings in offices (calling for an authoritative-yet-seductive array of low-cut, slinky dresses and blouses) and schmoozing in New Jersey's fanciest restaurants (which see Adams and co-star Jennifer Lawrence wrapped in the tightest, lowest, sparkliest gowns the era had to offer).
"It glamourized, in a way, the woman's curves," Brown says. "With boobs, and hips - it wasn't just about these little waists. It was about actually being a woman."
Brown's not a huge '70s fanatic herself, but the decade's return to the fashion mainstream brings what she feels is some much-needed sex appeal. "The last few years, we've been very conservative with style. If anything, women started dressing like little girls, and all of a sudden, everything's longer and leaner."
Here's how to try the look for yourself - while keeping one platform-soled foot firmly in this decade.