A cocktail jacket is the ultimate easy party piece to take you from office to out. Team with spring’s essential tailored jumpsuit for night-time polish, or embrace your golden hour and upscale casual denim and a simple top for a high/low mix.
Dietrich’s powerful screen presence made her a Hollywood icon
Who: German-born actress and singer who became one of the highest-paid stars of the 1930s.
Her look: Dietrich brought a sophisticated allure to the femme-fatale aesthetic in draped gowns and androgynous pantsuits.
Runway tribute: Relaxed tuxedos and pussybow blouses at Lanvin.
How to wear it now: Look to Dolce & Gabbana’s signature curve-contouring silhouettes.
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Words: Jane McFarland. Fashion: Helen Thomson. Photograph: Corbis