Retro References in Fashion

Present day celebs paying homage to epic style icons of the past.

Celia L. Smith Jan, 31, 2014

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Solo's style is so seventies –– big hair, thigh-baring dresses, and piled on pieces of jewels reminiscent of a young Donna Summer. And we love to love her baby!

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If you think Rihanna's style is pushing the envelope, singer Grace Jones paved the way for all her raunchy, avant garde attire. This no holds barred babe inspired many a Rihanna stage costumes and street style moments, from her infamous hooded gowns to pantless leotards, Rih-Rih's referenced it all. 

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If you peruse pop singer Wynter Gordon's Instagram feed for fashion pics you'll instantly feel nostalgic. 90s style chokers, biker jackets, cropped tops and red lipstick check off all the must-haves for a Jody Watley look.

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Who wouldn't want to model after one of the greatest performers of all time? Beyonce's got the moves, the vocals and even a few of the exact Tina Turner stage ensembles. From sparkling mini dresses to mesh fishnet and pumps combo (at the GRAMMY's) she's got the look down down to a T.

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Etta James flaunted her curves and so does Adele! We've spotted both songstresses in body hugging fit and flares and floor-length gowns, but when Adele wore this vivid Valentino floral dress last year, we couldn't help but envision James in that same style –– infact she even sported something similar back in her day.

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When Diahann Caroll passed the torch onto Kerry Washington, we're certain she saw herself in the Scandal star –– literally. Their elegant, lady-like styles coupled with natural approach to make-up almost made us do a double take.

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Like Ciara, if you let a legend steer your style, you'll never go wrong. And judging by Ci-ci's stage ensembles, she been taking cues from Janet Jackson a-la Rhythm Nation, which never gets tired.

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Given Janelle Monae's androgynous style (men's suits, pussybow blouses and ties) we couldn't help but notice a little influence from the man himself: Prince.


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