For an industry that heavily emphasizes novelty and "the next big thing", fashion is also surprisingly nostalgic. Proof of this? Look no further than the spring/summer 2016 collections. Many designers were inspired by past decades—even centuries—and the iconic women who defined that time period. We highlighted our favorite muses of the season, below, along with how their personal styles were interpreted for the runway.
1. Annemarie Schwarzenbach
Who: A Swiss writer and photographer from the early 1900s with a distinctive androgynous style.
2. Inspired by Annemarie Schwarzenbach
Runway looks from Blumarine
3. Emilie Flöge
Who: An Austrian businesswoman in the late 1800s and early 1900s, who was most famous for her romantic relationship with painter Gustav Klimt.
4. Inspired by Emilie Flöge
Runway looks from Delpozo
5. Nina Simone
Who: An iconic American singer and civil rights activist.
6. Inspired by Nina Simone
Runway looks from Derek Lam
7. Ava Gardner
Who: An American actress who defines Old Hollywood glamour.
8. Inspired by Ava Gardner
Runway looks from Oscar de la Renta
9. Gala Dalí
Who: The wife and muse to Salvador Dalí who had a colorful and eclectic wardrobe.
10. Inspired by Gala Dalí
Runway looks from Rochas
11. Romy Schneider
Who: The legendary French and German actress who epitomized cool-girl chic.
12. Inspired by Romy Schneider
Runway looks from Nina Ricci