Meet the Muses Behind the Spring 2016 Collections

Inspired by Romy Schneider 
Photo: Daniele Oberrauchd/Imaxtree (3)

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.

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Annemarie Schwarzenbach

Annemarie Schwarzenbach
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Who: A Swiss writer and photographer from the early 1900s with a distinctive androgynous style.

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Inspired by Annemarie Schwarzenbach

Inspired by Annemarie Schwarzenbach 
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Runway looks from Blumarine

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Emilie Flöge

Emilie Flöge 
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Who: An Austrian businesswoman in the late 1800s and early 1900s, who was most famous for her romantic relationship with painter Gustav Klimt.

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Inspired by Emilie Flöge

Inspired by Emilie Flöge 
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Runway looks from Delpozo

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Nina Simone

Nina Simone 
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Who: An iconic American singer and civil rights activist.

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Inspired by Nina Simone

Inspired by Nina Simone 
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Runway looks from Derek Lam

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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner at the News Color Studio.
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Who: An American actress who defines Old Hollywood glamour.

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Inspired by Ava Gardner

Inspired by Ava Gardner 
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Runway looks from Oscar de la Renta

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Gala Dalí

First Of The Revue 'grand Prix' At The Cabaret Le Lido
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Who: The wife and muse to Salvador Dalí who had a colorful and eclectic wardrobe.

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Inspired by Gala Dalí

Inspired by Gala Dalí
Daniele Oberrauchd/Imaxtree (3)

Runway looks from Rochas

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Romy Schneider

Romy Schneider And Michel Piccoli
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Who: The legendary French and German actress who epitomized cool-girl chic.

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Inspired by Romy Schneider

Inspired by Romy Schneider 
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Runway looks from Nina Ricci

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