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Alexander McQueen woman this season is a darkly romantic muse

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Sensuous, mysterious and uncompromising, the Alexander McQueen woman this season is a darkly romantic muse. Her enchanted childhood was wildly unconventional. Moving between an untamed rural landscape steeped in fairytale tradition and legend and the glitter and gleam of city life, she takes inspiration from the contrasts between both. Her wardrobe is a reflection of that, drawing on the paradox between tailored elegance and decadent glamour; between embroidered military pea coats, capes, sartorial double-breasted pinstripes and sleek tuxedo dressing and fine lace, overblown, ruffled silks and liquid gowns dipped in metallic sequins. There are shades of the graceful arabesques and delicately interlacing forms seen in the illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley here and of the decorative, languid beauty of the British Art Nouveau style more broadly. This was a new start: a movement characterised by freedom of expression, open-mindedness and creativity, informed in particular by nature – the eroticism of the human body and the curved lines of plants and flowers.

Collection…

Intricately hand-drawn silk prints and hand-embroidered and painted embellishments are inspired by the British Art Nouveau style and the natural world. Delicate tendrils, swooping, swirling lines, flowers, leaves, animals and birds all feature. A Paisley motif references both Connemara shawls and Beardsley’s ink drawings: it is woven and embroidered across everything from fluid lace dresses to corseted overcoats. In the case of the latter, one double-collared coat in particular is over-printed with black ink – masked – leaving only a Paisley curve around the collar, embroidered pockets and hem. No two versions of this piece are the same.

A zebra print wool silk velvet jacquard is mirrored and placed on a cocoon coat. Sharp military tailoring is deconstructed. Curvaceous, strong-shouldered trompe l’oeil wool silk tuxedo jackets are draped and pieced with lace and antique silk taffeta. Finely ruffled and pleated knitted dresses with sheer panelled skirts are engineered with ribbing or have cut away Art Nouveau bodices. They are worn with supple studded leather harnesses. Multi-coloured ruffled knitted and silk babydoll dresses are shot through with metal fil coupé embroideries or patterned with beguiling floral nudes. Perfecto jackets are layered over slender gowns, again cut away at the shoulders and torso, tenderly tracing the lines of the body. Jet embroidered harnesses curve over draped lace. Exotic iris corsages are scattered across silk creponne sheer evening gowns dipped in sequins.

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Beyoncé Wears Ralph & Russo Couture for Gala Performance

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Singer and superstar, Beyoncé, wore Ralph & Russo couture last night to perform at the City of Hope Spirit of Life Gala in Santa Monica, California.

Wearing a rose gold lace off-the-shoulder gown with cape, embellished in an all over bugle and sequin linear design, finished with devoré ostrich feathers from the Autumn-Winter 2018/2019 couture collection.

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Philipp Plein’s Women’s and Men’s Spring/ Summer 2019 Fashion Show

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Chris Brown, dance-duo Ayo and Teo, rapper 6ix9ine and the wild cast of Cirque Le Soir all perform on a giant mirrored table seating 180 VIP guests… Welcome to Philipp Plein’s Spring/Summer 2019 extravaganza. It’s going to be a real thriller.

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the global Philipp Plein brand and to warm up for this incredible milestone, Plein creates a tribute to one of his lifelong heroes: Michael Jackson. On a mirrored runway surrounded by mirrors – tonight everyone is the Man in the Mirror – the iconic symbols of the King of Pop, from his gloves and hats to those Billie Jean socks, are given the full Plein treatment. Cue a military-meets-rock’n’roll collection embellished with paillettes, precious stones, fringing, studs, skulls and crystals in black and white gold.

The collection – worn by a supermodel line-up of 30 Smooth Criminals and 30 Dirty Dianas – features favourite Plein fabrics like distressed leather and denim, shiny latex and gold-leafed python. Multi-belts hung around the waist, buckled leather gloves and boots, straps and armbands all inject the serious rebel attitude of Bad. Merging street style with formal looks, the men’s section slides effortlessly from leather quilted tracksuits and sleeveless tour t-shirts to drummer-parade jackets and Dangerous-style monochrome suiting and fedoras. Similarly, the women’s wardrobe mixes skin-tight denim and biker jackets with upscale eveningwear like figure-hugging gowns worn with oversized men’s sparkling jackets and, for the ultimate in show-stopping glamour, bejeweled Janet Jackson bodice dresses.

Two decades ago, at the beginning of the brand, the first piece that Philipp Plein made was a hand-customised military parka and, with it, the street couture phenomenon was born. Returning to those roots, this season there are camouflage hooded parkas and field jackets decorated in patches and metallic detailing throughout the collection.

Spring/Summer 2019 is a personal story for Philipp Plein and a crowning moment for the King of Fashion. This season, he is making history. So come and celebrate with Rita Ora at the after-party.

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Fall in love with the Stardust Malory

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If your tastes veer on the maximalist side, you’re sure to fall completely in love with the Stardust Malory pump. A signature of Rupert Sanderson, this new-season take has a classic almond-toed silhouette that’s beautifully elevated in metallic brocade and Swarovski crystals. Wear them to bring individuality to staple denim.

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