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Great Outfits in Fashion History: Gabrielle Union in Vintage Lanvin at Art Basel in 2011

This look put Jason Bolden on the celebrity styling map.
Gabrielle Union in a Jason Bolden-styled vintage Lanvin look at Art Basel in December 2011. 

Gabrielle Union in a Jason Bolden-styled vintage Lanvin look at Art Basel in December 2011. 

There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In 'Great Outfits in Fashion History,' Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

For the most part, it doesn't matter what Gabrielle Union puts on her body — she's one of those people who could walk on a red carpet on day 190 of quarantine in bits of oversized loungewear or in her twenty-year-old Clovers cheerleading uniform and find a way to make it work. That being said, the actress does have impeccable style and knows how to own a room in conversation-starting looks, thanks in large part to her stylist Jason Bolden, who she's been working with for almost a decade. 

Union's first bold Bolden moment came in 2011, when she wore a vibrantly patterned vintage Lanvin dress to a Vogue party during Art Basel. The look was so good that it put put Bolden on the celebrity styling map — he's since topped best-dressed lists for his work with everyone from Yara Shahidi to Janet Mock

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The dress — a sleeveless body-skimming maxi that boasts a geometric pattern mixed with colorful stripes — is essentially an art piece, perfectly suited for an evening that celebrated the creative spirit of the contemporary art fair. With such a loud pattern, this look could have gone south quick, but luckily Bolden kept the accessories and makeup very minimal. A simple pair of diamond studs and barely visible black open-toe stilettos rounded out the ensemble, while Union's naturally glowing skin, smokey eyeshadow and slicked back low bun made her the chicest star of the party. 

Almost a 10 years later, and the thought of wearing a fun, printed dress could not be more exciting. Below, shop seven boldly patterned, sleeveless maxis that you can wear when the time comes. 

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