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Runway Styles Influenced by Ancient Egypt

 - Dec 8, 2008
References: style
Don't say goodbye to the gladiator sandal just yet; the look has been heavily revived in Spring 2009 collections (a huge relief to those fashionistas on a budget!) The designers seemed to ignore the recession entirely, flaunting collections that looked as though they'd been delicately blessed by a reincarnation of King Midas.

Fashion week onlookers were swept away, and back in time, to the days of Ancient Egypt, where being draped in golden baubles was the norm. Christian Dior opted for "Nefertiti-chic" hairstyles that rose in dramatic hourglass shapes of crimped hair contrasted with Cleopatra-straight bangs. Ralph Lauren charmed with snake jewelry, while other designers, like Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, went for a slightly more Roman take with golden-winged breast plates over white gowns fit for a goddess.

"At Anna Sui, hieroglyphs provided the basis for elaborate prints, while Sophia Kokosalaki worked in a pharaoh-worthy palette of lapis lazuli and gold," noted Style.com, adding also that "Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava accessorized with slinky silver breastplates."

While some of these looks may be too dramatic to wear in every day situations, a chic gladiator sandal paired with a white sun dress works wonders, but so does a simple tiny accessory such as a snake armband or necklace. The key to working the look, however, lies in having the poise and confidence of a modern day Hathor, goddess of beauty.