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‘Ladyland’ Exhibiton at Opera Gallery in London Dedicated to Ellen Von Unwerth

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Kate & David – Kate Moss and David Bowie, Q Magazine, 2003

For more than 30 years, Ellen von Unwerth has made her name in fashion photography with her sensual vision of women’s bodies. So, in the honour of her fabulous work, the Opera Gallery in London organized an exhibition dedicated to von Unwerth called “Ladyland.” The spotlight goes on Supermodels – Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer Nadja Auermann – on the iconic cliche from famous fashion magazines and Frivolities – where the photographer lets her imagination go wild and expresses herself. Three distinct parts in the exhibition that will delight your sight.

A must visit, the exhibition will be on display starting 4th till 18th of May 2018.

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Claudia Schiffer, Guess Campaign, Morocco 1989 Black & white print on barythé paper, 120x130cm
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Tree of Love Bavaria, 2015 C-Print on Fujiflex paper, 120 x 180cm
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Naomi’s Rollers – Naomi Campbell, Interview Magazine, Los Angeles, 1991 Black & white print on barythé paper, 70 x 100cm
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Big in America – Claudia Schiffer, Vogue US, Los Angeles, 1991 Black & white print on barythé paper, 150 x 150cm
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Ellen von Unwerth
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Milk – Kate Moss, Vogue US, 1995 Print on barythé paper, 70 x 100cm
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Daffodil – Lindsey Wixson, Vogue Russia, 2015 C-print on Fujiflex paper, 120 x 180cm
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Claudia Schiffer, Guess Campaign, Mykonos, 1990 Black & white print on barythé paper, 70x100cm
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Haute Couture – Karen Mulder and Deon Bray, Vogue US, Paris, 1991 Black & white on barythé paper, 70 x 100cm
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Anonymous – Anna Ewers and Keke Lindgard, Numero China, Paris, 2013 C-print on Fujiflex paper, 70 x 100cm
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Peaches – Rouilly-le-Bas, 2002 Black & white inkjet print, 150 x 230cm
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The Mask – Nadja Auermann, Vogue UK, Paris, 1991 Black & white print on barythé paper, 70 x 100cm
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Spy Device – Bavaria, 2015 C-Print on Fujiflex paper, 70 x 100cm
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Bianca Balti, Vogue Italy, Paris, 2004 Black & White on barythé paper
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18 Best Dressed at The Brit Awards 2018 Red Carpet

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Little Mix – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018

The British music industry has nominated its winners last night, 21st February 2018, at the O2 Arena in London. Here’s who was present at the BRIT Awards 2018 and what the stars wore on the red carpet.

Despite the low temperatures in the capital of England, the biggest names in the world music industry have appeared on the red carpet at the BRIT Awards 2018 in gorgeous outfits.

Rita Ora, one of the artists who stepped on the stage to sing, turned all eyes on her red carpet in a strapless dress. Ellie Goulding was a very hot appearance in a short-sleeved long dress, and Dua Lipa, who entered the gala history as the most nominated artist at the BRIT Awards, five in number, wore a pale pink dress with a grandiose train.

It seems that the music industry has its own way of protesting against sexual harassment and gender inequality. While the movie industry stars chose to wear all black to attract attention to sexual harassment and promote gender equality at work, the musicians chose the white rose and the Time’s Up badge to show their support and solidarity. This happened a few weeks ago at the Grammy Awards 2018, and last night at the BRIT Awards 2018.

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Kylie Minogue In Ralph & Russo -The Brit Awards, London, UK, 2018
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Rita Ora -The Brit Awards, London, UK, 2018
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Adwoa Aboah -The Brit Awards, London, UK, 2018
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Model Rosie Huntington – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Abbey Clancy – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Alesha Dixon – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Pixie Lott – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Lottie Moss – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Noomi Rapace – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Dua Lipa – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Jennifer Hudson – The BRIT Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Jess Glynne – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Cheryl Cole & Liam Payne – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Holly Willoughby – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Jessie Ware – The Brit Awards, London, UK – 2018
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Total Black Elegance – 25 Best Looks from BAFTA Awards 2018

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Angelina Jolie in Ralph & Russo – BAFTA Awards 2018

On 18th of February, the cinema elite gathered in London, for the 71st edition of BAFTA ceremony. The guests of the ceremony again gathered in the Royal Albert Hall to honor the best figures of the industry according to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. From Angelina Jolie to Emma Roberts, all were dressed up in all-black silhouettes, elegance being the main word to describe the outfits our stars chose, to support the  Time’s Up movement against harassment.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Elie Saab – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Lily James in Burberry and Harry Winston jewels – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Natalie Dormer in Alberta Ferretti BAFTA Awrads 2018
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Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham and Mascaro clutch with Prince William – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Saoirse Ronan in Chanel, Cartier jewelry, Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Margot Robbie in Givenchy haute couture andHarry Winston jewels – BAFTA Awards
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Hugh Grant and Anna Eberstein – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Haley Bennett in Chloé – BAFTA Awards 2018
Letita Wright in Gucci – BAFTA Awards 2018
Anya Taylor-Joy in Dolce & Gabbana – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Jamie Bell and Kate Mara in Christian Dior – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Karen Gillan in Vera Wang – BAFTA Awards 2018
Ruth Wilson in Christian Dior – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Salma Hayek in Gucci – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Gemma Arterton in Alberta Ferretti – BAFTA Awards 2018
Naomie Harris in Zuhair Murad and De Beers Jewelry – BAFTA Awards 2018
Laura Bailey – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Greta Gerwig in Jonathan Cohen – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Kristin Scott-Thomas in Christian Dior and Buccellati Jewelry – BAFTA Awards 2018
Helena Bonham Carter in Viary Westwood and Vivienne Westwood Jewelry – BAFTA Awards 2018
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Emma Roberts in Schiaparelli Haute Couture and Jennifer Meyer Jewelry – BAFTA Awards 2018

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Celebrating The Great Mademoiselle – Coco Chanel – Soon In London

Exactly 132 years ago one of the most stylish woman of the twentieth century was born – Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. The legendary Coco changed forever the perception of   women all over the world, being the only designer who got to be on the list of “100 most influential people of the XX century,” according to Time Magazine. Every child knows who she is, the crossed letter C logo, along with her quotes and remarks which turned into movies and musicals. 

Today, on her birthday, I want to take the opportunity to remind you how an orphan from the town of Saumur was able to become one of the most influential figures of its time, and why she deserves all the glory. 

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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London

Gabrielle is 11 when her mother,  Eugénie Jeanne Devolle ( laundrywoman in the charity hospital run by the Sisters of Providence), dies of bronchitis at the age of 31. Her father, Albert Chanel ( street vendor of work clothes and undergarment), sends her to the convent of Aubazine,  where life was frugal and demanding strict discipline. This period puts a huge mark on her work – her collections came out as formless dresses in austere black.

At 18 she goes to work in the theater, where she mets her first patron, Étienne Balsan, a young French ex-cavalry officer, who drove her into a life of luxury and decadence by making her his mistress. She soon leaves him for one of his friends, Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel, a wealthy member of the English upper class. He installs her in an apartment in Paris and finances Chanel’s first shops. Coco is still often accused because she received start-up capital, but do not forget that in the beginning of the twentieth century women entrepreneurs were not usual or normal to meet, and Coco was all for the independence. In 1910 she opens her first store hats, which, frankly, no one was buying, but she just had to wait.

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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London

After a couple of years, the most fashionable and wealthy women of Paris lines up to Chanel, whose outfits, long before this, all seemed ridiculous: no excessive decoration, simple straight silhouettes, architectural hats, restrained colors, and, above all, the use of jersey and tricot – humble fabrics primarily used for men’s underwear. Coco comes up with the first bag that can be worn on the shoulder – the same 2.55; dresses the whole world into “mourning” with the little black dress, covering the knees; debuts with the first ever synthetic aroma, Chanel №5; she introduces the fashion for short haircuts, cutting off their chic hair; and gives us the same tweed suit which Jacqueline Kennedy loved so much.  Deprived by Arthur Capel (in 1916 Chanel was able to reimburse Capel his original investment—a decision Chanel made on her own, without Capel’s input), who dies in a car accident, she never marries, and that is not welcomed at the beginning of the XX century. She becomes one of the first self-made  woman, which means more than the modern sense of the word. Karl Lagerfeld carries on her legacy for over 30 years, a reputation that is not just about a successful fashion house , but the embodiment of fashion and luxury. 

In her honour London Saatchi Gallery hosts an exhibition seen through Karl Lagerfeld’s eyes, focused on her fashion career – a selection of haute couture pieces, a focus on the perfume that has featured in Vogue the most – Chanel №5 – and a re-edition of the Bijoux de Diamants haute jewelry collection created in 1932 and recently reinterpreted by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel haute couture Fall/Winter 2015-2016. Check it out in London, from October 13 to November 1 2015

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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London
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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London
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Coco Chanel’s exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London
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Jourdan Dunn Becomes Designer

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Jourdan Dunn

Top model Jourdan Dunn, 24-year-old, decided to combine her experience as a model and a mother – she is a single parent to five-year-old sun Riley – and design a children and young adult line. She partnered with British licensing agency Fluid World, a collaboration which will result in at least two collections, for the moment, featuring jeans, T-shirts, jumpers and accessories. 

I love kid’s clothes and have been obsessed with them ever since my son was born,” Dunn explained. “Through my career in fashion I have come to love and respect great design, and as a mum I also expect great quality and value for money, as well as the coolest clothes for my son, Riley. I am thrilled to be working with Fluid World, and I am  looking forward to developing my own collection and turning my ideas into reality.”

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Jourdan Dunn’s son, Riley

Jourdan Dunn is a fashion icon who sets trends and influences style,” Andrew Lane, CEO of Fluid World, added. “I am delighted to be working with her on this exciting project and bringing her cool urban style to a wider audience.

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First Look – Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty Exhibition” in London

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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London

As we were saying in a previous post, Victoria & Alber Museum prepared to host one of the most anticipated exhibition – the evolution of Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty Exhibition. The museum finally opened its doors and as we step foot inside we are welcomed by the designer’s words – “London is where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.

From the first London room, displaying his earliest work, we enter Savage Mind, a space dedicated to his tailoring development, where McQueen tells us: “That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but keep the tradition.”  Opens to public 14th of March, don’t miss it, it will only enrich your soul!

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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty Exhibition” at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 (part 2)

Yesterday we saw that for the guests of British Fashion Week in London, renowned for their courage, the hair colour can not be too bright and the platforms never too high. However, London’s street style proves it can be also about more relaxed and subtle matters such as volumes, colours and textures. Girls, as well as boys, kept a more conservative look, with sneakers remaining at their hearts and faux fur coats still being an inspired choice. Naturalness and relaxation!

Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015

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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015

Judging by the photos from men’s fashion week in London neither wind or rain can stop the expression of British moods. During the first two days of shows London received its fashionable guests all dressed up in fiery red coats and cherry red hair style, leather jackets, funny coats, velvet suits, high heels and sneakers. We barely had time to move away from the Christmas holidays and the cycle of the new fashion season is already upon us. First street style reportage of this year already in front of you.

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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015
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Street Style at Men’s London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain – The V&A Summer 2015 Exhibition

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London,  prepares an extraordinary exhibition for the summer fashion of 2015, and the main characters will be SHOES: Pleasure and Pain. The exhibition will take visitors on a cultural journey, from ancient Egypt to nowadays, with more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from around the world on display, some for the first time. Dramatic shapes, head spinning high heels, developments in footwear technology.

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Invisible Naked Version by Andreia Chaves, 2011

Shoes are one of the most telling aspects of dress,” Helen Persson, the exhibition’s curator, said. “Beautiful, sculptural objects, they are also powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can help project an image of who we want to be.”

The exhibition, occupying two floors, is divided into three sections: Transformation – presenting shoes that are part of legends and folklore worldwide; Status – which explores how impractical but beautiful shoes have come to represent privilege; and Seduction –  showing shoes “representing an expression of sexual empowerment or a passive source of pleasure“.

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Italian chopines, 1600

Take a look at the gallery below – just a taste of what to expect at the new fashion exhibition at the V&A Museum in London.  The museum hosts the exhibition starting from June 13, 2015 until January 31, 2016

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Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, 1958-60
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Sophia Webster, 2013
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Indian wedding shoe, 1800s
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Marbled and gilded leather mens shoes, 1925
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Egyptian sandal, 30 BCE – 300 CE
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Caroline Groves Parakeet shoes, 2014
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Freed ballet slippers from The Red Shoes, 1948
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Zaha Hadid for United Nude, 2013