Searching for that one jaw-dropping outfit to make your New Year's Eve totally unforgettable (and highly Instagrammable)? Well, sometimes to go forward in the fashion stakes, you need to take a step back. Mentally transport yourself to a few decades ago, and you'll be slap-bang in the middle of an era where being glamorous was the norm and getting dressed up to the nines for even the most casual A-list soirée was non-negotiable.
You couldn't have turned up to Studio 54 wearing jeans and a tee, oh no, it was all lights, camera, action when it came down to choosing party ensembles. The sparklier, the better. The more risqué, the better. The more elaborate and memorable, the better. All of which is why a handful of looks continue to be inspiring for today's party-going generations.
We've delved through the archives to select the after-dark celebrity looks of the past that have stayed the test of time, looking just as iconic now as they ever did. From Bianca Jagger's glitzy red halter dress through to Edie Sedgwick's saucy take on the LBD, keep reading to see our favourite old-school party outfits and to shop the key pieces to make them come to life once more…
Style Notes: Diana Ross, an artist intrinsically linked to the disco scene, has always blazed a highly glamorous trail. What could be more showstopping than a plunging, beaded dress, fur coat, tulle veil AND giant earrings? Nothing, we say.
Style Notes: Okay, so this isn't the 1970s, but we have certainly seen a comeback for chainmail. Only recently did Kendall Jenner channel a Versace-clad Mossy circa 1999.
Style Notes: Just when you thought you'd never touch a sequined dress again (thanks to their ubiquity come party time), along comes this resurfaced Bianca Jagger ensemble. She flips the fancy idea on its head by pairing a matching jacket and beret—now that's dedication.
Style Notes: Anita Pallenberg was the incredibly well-dressed girlfriend to The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones. Her fashion taste spawned many a copycat at the time, but the hippy look endures—who wouldn't want to wear a shaggy coat and a jacquard miniskirt right now?
Style Notes: Did Cher kick-start the trend for the naked dress in this Bob Mackie creation? Quite possibly yes. This is the very same look that Kim Kardashian recently paid homage to at the Met Gala.
Style Notes: Jane Birkin always knew the power of the barely there dress. We like how she fastened this crochet beauty together with a statement brooch—an idea we can easily copy.
Style Notes: You know how zebra-print is totally making a comeback? Well, now seems an appropriate time to copy and paste Brigitte's attention-grabbing 1970 combination of over-the-knee boots, satin mini and floor-sweeping coat.
Style Notes: Been invited to a black tie event? Or a masked ball? Then you'll want to reference Mia Farrow's look from Truman Capote's wild '66 party. The off-white brocade, matching gloves and no-makeup makeup is still something to behold.
Style Notes: The 20th entury It girl's ensemble still looks exactly like something you'd find styled up on any one of your favourite fashion e-tailers. From the feather coat to the mini pouch bag, this look has it all going on.