Sonam Kapoor Ahuja channels 50s glamor in a red Dior dress} VOGUE France


Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s shirtdress and glove look is a nostalgic ode to mid-century wardrobe

Unlike her all-gray Dior look last month, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja chose a red and black number from the fashion house this time around, as she attended a Business of Fashion Voices event in London. There is a certain sense of nostalgia in this outfit, which is a nod to the cinched-to-the-waist skirt silhouette made popular in the 1950s by Christian Dior himself when he launched the New Look. While this dress is an update on the classic, it retains some of the essential design elements that made the original silhouette an instant hit. Scroll down for details.

Sonam Kapoor wore black leather gloves up to the elbows with her red shirt dress

Before the mini-skirts and go-go boots of the sixties, post-war style in Europe began to take shape in the 1950s, with the belted shirt dress – as seen on Kapoor Ahuja here – being the flagship piece that defined this decade. What made it popular at the time still retains its charm: the cinched waist and almost triangular flared skirt create a flattering but still modest silhouette for the wearer. Kapoor Ahuja’s sleek bun-inspired updo is a further homage to the times this dress refers to, and Dior‘s Maria Grazia Chiuri deserves the credit for rekindling a classic Dior silhouette. Kapoor Ahuja’s black stockings, sensitive heels and thin black belt completed the look, which we think is an interesting take on business-oriented second-hand outfits. If you’ve got office parties on the horizon, this is an outfit to bookmark.

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