The Toga Dress

Not only Alberta Ferretti was inspired by Ancient Rome for her spring 2008 collection. Many other designers sent on the runway their own versions over the classics. The last season's one-shoulder dress became lovely draped toga-like tunics, mini dresses or maxi gowns. At Lanvin and Hermès those one-shoulder dresses with a cinched waist and a just below the knee hemline take you back to the Hollywood's golden age glamour. Other designers teamed up this trend with metallic fabrics or bold color. Marchesa kept its signature style: a dramatic floor sweeping one-shoulder gown.

Toga Dresses Left to right: Lanvin, Alberta Ferretti, Danielle Scutt, Erin Fetherston.

Down: Hermès, Haider Ackermann, Paul & Joe and Marchesa.

Long, draped goddesses gowns were seen on the runways in New York and Milan. This wouldn't be such a novelty if it weren't for the new approach: soft, sheer, fluid fabrics and a studied simplicity. A bejeweled belt or shoulder details are the only embellishments.

Goddess Dresses

Left to right: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Vera Wang.

Down: Gianfranco Ferré, Nicole Miller and J. Mendel.

This romantic approach on the esthetics of the Ancient World evokes the 50s and 60s Hollywood flicks. Curvy divas in draped, sensual dresses stirred up minds and hearts back then. It's off with the curves now, only beautiful dresses that arouse our fashion addict minds.

Ancient World in Hollywood Movies Hollywood movies and their romantic vision

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