This summer’s films are big on fashion with styles that run the gamut from retro to renegade. Costume dramas like “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a Napoleonic comedy, take on traditional fare, while movies like Roman Coppola’s “CQ” — starring Angela Lindvall as agent Dragonfly — make it all look new again. The fashion of Coppola’s film, set in Paris in 1969, is part “Barbarella” part “Breathless.” “Gangster No. 1,” set in London the previous year, boasts Pucci prints galore. But Saffron Burrows, the queen of the gangsters, isn’t the only tough chick around. Come mid-June the “Scooby-Doo” bunch, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, will set out to solve crimes dressed with pan-Sixties flair, while the girls of “Deuces Wild,” Brooklyn’s street-gang sweethearts, look appropriately prim for 1958.

As fabulous as they all may be, none is a match for Foxxy Cleopatra. The toughest chick of them all — and the one with the flashiest wardrobe — is sure to be Beyoncé Knowles’ Foxxy, who takes on Dr. Evil in “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”

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Giving glam a more real, grittier edge, “24 Hour Party People” chronicles the Manchester party scene — from the Sex Pistols through the rave years. But in August, Julia Roberts will take reality dressing to a new level. She created her own wardrobe for Steven Soderbergh’s “Full Frontal,” pulling a red coat by Dolce & Gabbana and a Tod’s bag from her very own closet. And Roberts isn’t the only one promoting practicality. In “Simone,” Winona Ryder’s sexy look is perfectly pitched to suit the bratty Hollywood star she plays, while Gwyneth Paltrow dons the tweedy stuff as an English scholar in “Possession.”

Still, futuristic costumes are the most fun. As a Kylothian monster undercover on Earth as a model, Lara Flynn Boyle’s wardrobe for “Men in Black II” is vampy, while both Rosario Dawson, who plays an Earthling chanteuse singing on the moon in “Adventures of Pluto Nash,” and Natalie Portman, in “Star Wars Episode II — Attack of the Clones,“ zip themselves into newfangled spacesuits.

But it’s Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise and Samantha Morton, that really brings this summer’s disparate styles together. Though the film is set in 2058, Oscar-winning costume designer Deborah Scott was inspired by the modish Sixties. “The concepts we established in art, architecture and design in the Sixties are still what we think of as futuristic today,” she says. “This is my ode to ‘2001,’ but there’s also a lot of David Bailey in there and those crazy Sixties designers like Rudi Gernreich. His topless bathing suit is so simple, and it’s still incredibly modern today.””

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