The red carpet regularly introduces the world to custom looks or pieces from direct from the runway, but increasingly celebrities are recognizing that premieres and events can be a showcase for epic vintage, too. Case in point: last night’s GQ Men of the Year Awards, where Adwoa Aboah arrived at the Tate Modern wearing a piece of fashion history. Her chartreuse sequined Gucci gown from the brand’s Fall 2004 ready-to-wear collection was a welcome throwback that ranked among the evening’s best outfits.
The Fall 2004 show served as then-designer Tom Ford’s Gucci swan song. The summation of his decade-long tenure, it featured the greatest hits rundown of the unapologetically sexy aesthetic he championed at the house. Now remembered as one of the most influential and memorable collections of all time, its glitzy gowns and velvet suiting still resonate 15 years later.
Sourced from William Vintage, a London-based store known for its stock of rare and collectible vintage, Aboah and stylist Alexandra Conran modernized the gown by paring things down on the accessories front. Gone was the acid green stole worn on the runway by model, Marija Vujovic, and in its place were emerald drop earrings and diamond cuffs. By switching the focus from fur to jewels, Conran and Aboah amped up the sexiness while making it feel fresh. With stars searching for ways to stay sustainable while making their red carpet rounds, moments like Aboah's prove that revisiting a great look is always a viable (and extremely chic) option.
Originally Appeared on Vogue