We’re still reeling from this morning’s Oscars 2016 nominations—Go, J.Law! Cate! Saoirse!— and can’t wait to see what fabulous dresses they wear on the red carpet. But there’s one particular Best Actress nominee that we have especially high sartorial expectations for: Charlotte Rampling.
The 69-year-old style icon, nominated for her work in 45 Years, has inspired designers, photographers and fashion acolytes for several decades, having pioneered a sexy-meets-androgynous look as early as the ’60s (pretty daring at the time). As one of the original It Girls, her confident, louche look was oft photographed, and continues to copied today. When it comes to being called a fashion icon, however, Rampling is nonplussed. “I’m very flattered to be called a style icon!,” Rampling told Harper’s Bazaar in 2012. “But it’s simple, my style; it’s just men’s suits and shoes. That’s the basic premise. Maybe it’s the way I walk in them or wear them—I may be one, but I sort of think why?”
So, on the occasion of her Academy Awards nomination—and pretty much any excuse to talk all things Charlotte Rampling— we’re paying tribute to her, by throwing it back to some of her most memorable style moments.
Lounging in a furry vest and work pants in 1965.
Mixing up an equestrian look with a silk blouse and medallion pendant in 1970.
On the slopes in a graphic ski suit in 1970.
Rocking a fringed poncho and knee-high boots in 1971.
Going menswear-inspired in black velvet vest and trousers in 1974.
Wearing a shirtdress and sandals and showing a whole lotta leg in 1976!
For more red carpet candy, see what stars told us at the Golden Globes:
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