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100 Ravishing Retro Fashions

A Look Back on the 60s and 70s Dedicated to the Late Great Etta James

— January 24, 2012 — Fashion
It's no secret that fashion is cyclical, with designers constantly drawing inspiration from -- and paying homage to -- the styles of decades past, and Etta James in particular was enjoying the most important years of her career during the pattern-heavy, color-blocking 60s and 70s. Just as the fashions of these eras continue to move stylistas in the present, so does the music and legacy of Ms. James.

Etta James, whose timeless hits include 'At Last' and 'A Sunday Kind of Love,' died on January 20, 2012 at age 73 after a long battle with leukemia. James had also been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008.

A celebrated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Etta James was a part of some of the most illustrious eras of fashion and will continue to inspire through her music that shares the same longevity. Etta James' passing is truly bittersweet, as many look back on her legacy fondly but are sad to have lost one of pop culture's biggest style icons.
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Gray-Haired Disco Divas
Gray-Haired Disco Divas
The Ones 2 Watch Coney Island Editorial Features Retro-Inspired Looks
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98
Classic Couture Carry-Alls
Classic Couture Carry-Alls
The Prada Pyramide Handbag is a Sophisticated Must-Have Accessory
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97
Sequinned Green Editorials
Sequinned Green Editorials
The Anna Paquin V Magazine Spread Features True Blood's Notable Star
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96
Retro Revival Rags
Retro Revival Rags
The Chloe Resort 2012 Collection Brings Color Back
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95
Mod Mountain Captures
Mod Mountain Captures
The Tanya Dziahileva Crash Fall 2011 Editorial Features '60s Fashions
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94
Vampy Blue-Lit Campaigns
Vampy Blue-Lit Campaigns
Giovanni Squatriti Captures the Eva Ouxiu Spring 2012 Collection
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93
Bold Bouffant Editorials
Bold Bouffant Editorials
The Bruna Tenorio by Kevin Sinclair for Elle Vietnam Shoot is Retro-Chic
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92
Chic Cab-Calling Shoots
Chic Cab-Calling Shoots
The Welcome to Ekaterinburg! Shoot by Igor Oussenko Stars Olga Khodko
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91
Gritty Granny Galleries
Gritty Granny Galleries
The Kate Kosushkina by Tom Hines is a Refinery29 Exclusive Shoot
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90
Retro Cutout Editorials
Retro Cutout Editorials
The Harper's Bazaar Korea 60s Bang Bang Spread Looks Cut-and-Pasted
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89
Whimsical Retro Wardrobes
Whimsical Retro Wardrobes
The Giles Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is '50s Chic
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88
Metamorphosing Model Looks
Metamorphosing Model Looks
Chameleon Girl by Michal Greg Showcases Fluctuating Fashion
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87
Sultry Cat Eye Shoots
Sultry Cat Eye Shoots
The Sanja Miletic for the Ones to Watch Shoot is Retro-Inspired
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86
Bold Blush Editorials
Bold Blush Editorials
The Character Studies Editorial by Andy Eaton Plays Dress-Up
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85
Summery Retro Fashion
Summery Retro Fashion
The G.V.G.V. SS12 Collection is Inspired by the "Spirit of Miami Beach"
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84
Richly Retro Shoots
Richly Retro Shoots
The Antique Gold Images by Fabian Parkes are Vintage Chic
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83
Elegant Monochromatic Editorials
Elegant Monochromatic Editorials
The Janelle Monae for Essence November 2011 Shoot is Classic
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82
Bold Blonde Bob Shoots
Bold Blonde Bob Shoots
The Creem Magazine Alice Kastrup-Moller Exudes the Seventies
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81
Fierce Throwback Fashion
Fierce Throwback Fashion
The Kendra Spears Numero Tokyo Editorial is Full of Vibrancy
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80
Curtain Print Fashion
Curtain Print Fashion
The Jonathan Saunders Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is Colorfully Cute
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79
Retro Elegance Ensembles
Retro Elegance Ensembles
The Rochas Spring 2012 Collection is Straight Out of 'Mad Men'
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78
Retro Resort Editorials
Retro Resort Editorials
Molly Smith for Wonderland Shows Off the Dior Resort 2012 Collection
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77
Sizzling Bookworm Ensembles
Sizzling Bookworm Ensembles
Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is a Nod to Retro Glamor
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76
Stoic Vintage Shoots
Stoic Vintage Shoots
The Numero Tokyo November 2011 Issue is Dark and Retro
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75
Revamped Era Ensembles
Revamped Era Ensembles
Karmaloop's Vintage Boutique Will Bring a Little Retro to Your Wardrobe
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74
Neon Office Wear
Neon Office Wear
The Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 Campaign Stars Natasha Poly
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73
Passionate Pin-Up Shoots
Passionate Pin-Up Shoots
The Bregje Heinen L'Officiel Paris Editorial Gets Retro Flowing
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72
Lounging Hippie Editorials
Lounging Hippie Editorials
The Marique Schimmel by Nick Dorey for Russh Shoot is Retro Chic
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71
Classy Coral Maxis
Classy Coral Maxis
The Derek Lam Spring 2012 Collection Fuses Comfort and Sophistication
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70
Floral Vintage Editorials
Floral Vintage Editorials
The Fashion Export Magazine 'The Garden' Shoot is Whimsical
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69
Elegantly Jubilent Editorial
Elegantly Jubilent Editorial
The Schon! #15 The Lady Photo Shoot is Happily Glamorous
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68
Primary-Colored Pictorials
Primary-Colored Pictorials
This Itaysha Jordan Shoot Shines With Big Hair and Bold Looks
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67
Fur-Clad '60s Ensembles
Fur-Clad '60s Ensembles
The Ponystep#2 Issue Sparks Retro Winter Wear with Superior Style
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66
Sleek Androgynous Silhouettes
Sleek Androgynous Silhouettes
The Tibi Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is Androgynous Yet Flirty
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65
Sensual Retro Shoots
Sensual Retro Shoots
The Julia Valimaki Noblesse Korea Shoot Channels Bettie Page
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64
Sassy Seventies Shoots
Sassy Seventies Shoots
Tiiu Kuik Featured in Marie Claire 2011 Fall Issue by Frederic Pinet
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63
Funky Floral Fashion
Funky Floral Fashion
Peter Som Spring 2012 Collection is All About Flower Power
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62
Mystical '70s Fashion
Mystical '70s Fashion
Karina by Matt Solomon Channels a Retro Witch
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61
Textured Retro Fashion
Textured Retro Fashion
The Leticia Lamb Elle Mexico Series is Both Vibrant and Subdued
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60
Nifty Fifties Editorials
Nifty Fifties Editorials
This Marie Claire '50s Moment' Editorial is Clean and Classic
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59
Retro Snake Shoots
Retro Snake Shoots
The Daisy Lowe Oyster Magazine Editorial Features Factory Girl Style
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58
Sunny 70s Editorials
Sunny 70s Editorials
The Front Row Monthly 70s Glam Shoot is Sun-Kissed Fun
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57
Flirty '50s Shoots
Flirty '50s Shoots
The Teen Vogue Grease Lightning Editorial is Retro-Infused
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56
Rainbow Retro Fashion
Rainbow Retro Fashion
The H & M Spring 2012 Look Book is Bright and Attention-Grabbing
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55
Multi-Decade Designs
Multi-Decade Designs
The Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 Collection Spans Over Several Eras
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54
Chromatic Mod Fashion
Chromatic Mod Fashion
Elle Canada ‘1960 Swinging Beats' Spread Embraces Retro Style
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53
Vintage Printed Pictorials
Vintage Printed Pictorials
The Vogue Spain October 2011 Editorial is the Perfect Retro Revival
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52
Glam Grandmother Fashion
Glam Grandmother Fashion
The Antonio Marras Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is Inspired by the 60s
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51
Sensual Retro Editorials
Sensual Retro Editorials
The Julia Stegner Vogue Japan October 2011 Shoot is Rowdy and Retro
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50
Smart Rust-Colored Ensembles
Smart Rust-Colored Ensembles
Hermes Spring 2012 Collection Plays on Variations of Orange
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49
60s Mod Fashion
60s Mod Fashion
The Karolina Zmarlak Pre-Spring 2012 Collection is Filled with Retro Must-Haves
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48
Scintillating 70s Spreads
Scintillating 70s Spreads
Glam Slam by Mariah Jelena Reclaims a Pair of Retro Jewels
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47
Wind-Blown Bouffants
Wind-Blown Bouffants
The Max Mara Studio Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign Showcases Crazy Coifs
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46
Hot Housewife Habiliments
Hot Housewife Habiliments
The Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012 Collection is Retro Chic
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45
Color-Blocking Collections
Color-Blocking Collections
The Vena Cava Spring 2012 Line is Clean and Crisp
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44
Intense Cat-Eye Editorials
Intense Cat-Eye Editorials
The Esme Wissels by Adriano Russo for Fashion Gone Rogue Shoot is Retro
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43
Retro Glam Celebs
Retro Glam Celebs
The Rihanna Glamour Editorial Shows Off Two Sides of the Singer's Personality
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42
Silky Scarf Pinup Spreads
Silky Scarf Pinup Spreads
The Charlotte Di Calypso November 2011 Vogue Brasil Shoot is Sultry
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41
Mad Men-Inspired Womenswear
Mad Men-Inspired Womenswear
The Stewart Parvin Fall 2011 Couture Collection is 50s-Influenced
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40
Candy-Colored Background Shoots
Candy-Colored Background Shoots
The Jana Knauerova for Playing Fashion November 2011 Shoot is Bold
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Retro Romantic Beauty Shoots
Retro Romantic Beauty Shoots
Channel a Vintage Look with the 'Mane Attraction' Flare Editorial
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38
Sun-Drenched Retro Catalogs
Sun-Drenched Retro Catalogs
The Petit Bateau Spring 2012 Lookbook is Full of Summer Staples
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37
Shaved Eyebrow Captures
Shaved Eyebrow Captures
The Karlie Kloss for Numero Magazine Shoot is Gloomy and Gothic
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36
Refined Sixties Advertorials
Refined Sixties Advertorials
Isabeli Fontana for Bottega Veneta Shows Off a Polished Beehive
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35
Vivaciously Versatile Editorials
Vivaciously Versatile Editorials
The Anne Vyalitsyna Vogue Deutsch Shoot is a Chameleon of Looks
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34
60s Summer's End Shoots
60s Summer's End Shoots
Fall Back with the Lily Donaldson Vogue UK October Editorial
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33
Evocative 70s Editorials
Evocative 70s Editorials
This Herieth Paul Elle Canada Shoot Revisits the Retro Era
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32
Disheveled Party Animal Campaigns
Disheveled Party Animal Campaigns
The Aqua by Aqua Fall/Winter Ad Campaign Gets Messy
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31
Saucy Seventies Street Shoots
Saucy Seventies Street Shoots
The Hanne Gaby Odiele Numero Tokyo November Editorial is Boho-Chic
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Pretty In Pink Pictorials
Pretty In Pink Pictorials
This Jourdan Dunn and Damon Baker Shoot is Pin Up Glam
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Retro Cali Photography
Retro Cali Photography
Photographer Ralph Gibson Captured 1960s Bohemia with Style
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Retro Schoolgirl Fashion
Retro Schoolgirl Fashion
The Elisa Sednaoui El Pais Semanal Shoot is Perfectly Preppy
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Nostalgic Fashion Diaries
Nostalgic Fashion Diaries
Fairlight Hubbard Shoots a Whimsical Spread of Autumn Inspiration
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Minimalist Mod Fashion
Minimalist Mod Fashion
The COVHERLab Spring 2012 Lookbook Presents '60s Demure Styles
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25
Twiggy-Inspired Editorials
Twiggy-Inspired Editorials
The Carey Mulligan for W Magazine January 2012 Shoot is Stunning
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Sultry Sixties Shoots
Sultry Sixties Shoots
The Marie Claire South Africa Ibiza Nights Editorial Stars Yulia T
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Dramatically Fringed Fashion
Dramatically Fringed Fashion
'Black Vulture' by Lukas Dziewic is Stylishly Expressive
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Retro Parisian Street Shoots
Retro Parisian Street Shoots
The Nicole Trunfio Fashion Gone Rogue Photos are Vintage-Chic
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Modern Pinup Photography
Modern Pinup Photography
Jourdan Dunn by Damon Baker is Playful Yet Sophisticated
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Sleek '60s Ensembles
Sleek '60s Ensembles
The Banana Republic Spring 2012 Collection is Straight Out of Mad Men
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Fiery Hippie Fashion Shoots
Fiery Hippie Fashion Shoots
The '70s' Chapter of Free People 'Through the Decades' is Groovy
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18
Retro Revival Teen Editorials
Retro Revival Teen Editorials
The Chloe Moretz Teen Vogue December 2011 Shoot is Cute
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Clashing Pastel Fashion
Clashing Pastel Fashion
The Bambi Northwood-Blyth Harper's Bazaar Russia Editorial is Retro
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Relaxed Retro Fashion
Relaxed Retro Fashion
The Wren Spring 2012 Collection Was Inspired by Lana Del Rey
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Funky Retro Fashion
Funky Retro Fashion
Andrew Yee Captures Sixties Chic in the Nylon September 2011 Issue
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14
Retro Rainbow Revival Rags
Retro Rainbow Revival Rags
The Alice + Olivia Spring 2012 Collection is Refreshingly Colorful
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13
Bohemian Rapture Captures (UPDATE)
Bohemian Rapture Captures (UPDATE)
Nicole L. Hill's Photography Has Playful Undertones
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12
Funky 50s Fashion
Funky 50s Fashion
The Meghan Collison Vogue Russia Editorial is Retro Geek-Chic
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11
Retro Park Photography
Retro Park Photography
The Frida Aasen Numero Editorial Channels Brigitte Bardot's Look
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10
Conservatively Chic Captures
Conservatively Chic Captures
The Bambi Northwood-Blyth Harper's Bazaar Russia Photo Shoot is Retro
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Print Overload Maxidresses
Print Overload Maxidresses
The Bianca Balti Vogue Mexico Photo Shoot is 70s Chic
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8
Retro Pin-Up Revivals
Retro Pin-Up Revivals
Daniel Couto Manipulates Photos into these Provocative Painterly Portraits
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Salacious Swimming Pool Spreads
Salacious Swimming Pool Spreads
The Johanna Jonsson August 2011 Madame Germany Shoot Makes Waves
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Parisian Glamor Pictorials
Parisian Glamor Pictorials
'Mode de Circonstance' is Alluring
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5
Swinging Sixties Shoots
Swinging Sixties Shoots
The Self Service Issue 35 Stars Mod Models Arizona Muse and Daphne Groene
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4
Ravishing Rouge Retrography
Ravishing Rouge Retrography
Call Her Diva Features a Modern Marilyn Monroe
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3
Haute Boho Lookbooks
Haute Boho Lookbooks
The Hanii Y FW11 Campaign Makes Eccentric Ensembles Elegant
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2
Provocative Flamingo Editorials
Provocative Flamingo Editorials
This Liya Kebede Pop Magazine F/W 2011 Shoot Favors Retro Pairings
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Glamorous 70s Shoots
Glamorous 70s Shoots
The Chloe Lecareux Grazia France is Richly Retro
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