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Recession-signalling from Kate and Cate on the BAFTAs red carpet

Increases in the cost of living might not be clutching the clutches of Catherine, Princess of Wales and Australian actor Cate Blanchett, but could be seen in their strangely familiar selections for the red carpet at the 2023 British Academy Film Awards.

Apart from a flounce at the shoulder, Catherine’s white Alexander McQueen gown, updated with black velvet opera gloves, appeared to be the same dress worn by the princess to the 2019 BAFTAs. In a nod to getting more flash for far less cash, diamonds were ditched in favour of a pair of £18 ($31.50) earrings from Zara.

From left: Catherine, Princess of Wales at the 2023 BAFTAs in Alexander McQueen; and at the 2019 BAFTAs in Alexander McQueen; Cate Blanchett at the 2023 BAFTAs in Maison Margiela; and at the 2015 Oscars in Maison Margiela.

From left: Catherine, Princess of Wales at the 2023 BAFTAs in Alexander McQueen; and at the 2019 BAFTAs in Alexander McQueen; Cate Blanchett at the 2023 BAFTAs in Maison Margiela; and at the 2015 Oscars in Maison Margiela.Credit:Getty

It’s the latest example of recession-signalling, the fashion equivalent of virtue signalling, where stars show that they’re aware of global issues without sacrificing a custom fit.

Rather than sending out stylist Elizabeth Stewart with a credit card, Blanchett also raided the archives, wearing an austere black haute couture gown by John Galliano for Maison Margiela that made its first appearance at the Oscars in 2015. Zara was a step too far for the Tár actor who chose jewellery from Louis Vuitton, a wise financial decision considering her role as an ambassador for the French luxury house.

Catherine’s clothing choice carried extra meaning, offering support for British fashion on a night when most stars paid tribute to Italian and French design. Alexander McQueen is owned by French luxury conglomerate Kering, but Catherine celebrated the work of the brand’s English creative director Sarah Burton in the timeless gown. Burton also designed Catherine’s dress for her 2010 wedding to Prince William, president of BAFTA.

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Design Museum’s REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion Exhibition

The Design Museum is celebrating London’s influence on global fashion with a new exhibition.

Titled “REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion”, the forthcoming exhibition is in collaboration with the British Fashion Council (BFC) and is also set to honor the 30th anniversary of BFC’s NEWGEN program. From figures like Alexander McQueen to Vivienne Westwood, London has undeniably produced a range of not just new silhouettes, but movements in fashion throughout time.

The exhibition seeks to underscore this deep history by looking at the work of over 300 designers. The exhibition is set to include over 100 objects including garments, drawings, films and unique artifacts. But aside from the collection of pieces, the exhibition intends to highlight the entire creative process of fashion design and inspire current and future generations of aspiring fashion creatives.

BFC’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Sarah Mower MBE, is set to guest-curate the exhibition alongside the Design Museum’s Senior Curator Rebecca Lewin. Additionally, the esteemed house of Alexander McQueen is serving as the exhibition’s sponsor.

REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion is set to open during London Fashion Week in September – running from September 16, 2023 through February 11, 2024.

In other news, Diesel FW23 is shredded, lubricated and sexually protected. 

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Get the K-Street Style Look: Shop 8 Seoul Creatives’ Spring Fashion Wishlists

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The streets of Seoul rank among the most stylish in the world, filled with impossibly well-dressed individuals who keep their fingers on the pulse of global trends. Want to get the look? Here, eight rising stars featured in Vogue’s March issue have curated their fashion wishlists for spring. From a filmy Simone Rocha slip dress to a neatly cropped Alexander McQueen jean jacket, shop the edit now.

Chloe Oh

Photo: Courtesy of Chloe Oh

From the moment Chloe Oh set foot on the Prada runway, debuting with a coveted Spring 2021 exclusive, she became a favorite of editors and stylists, drawn to the model’s sculpted features and effortlessly cool manner of dress. Here, Oh shares her shopping wishlist for spring, such as a punk-inspired Alexander McQueen frock and the perfect pair of knee-high Dr. Martens to go with it.

Alexander McQueen hook and eye dress

Hyein Seo black Hiero slip minidress

Orseund Iris ruched satin dress

Noir Larmes standard high-neck blouson

Alexander McQueen safety-pin & skull-pendant chain necklace

Dr. Martens 1B60 Bex leather extra-high boots

Courrèges Reedition vinyl jacket

Courrèges zip-detailed ribbed-knit cardigan

Balenciaga distressed flared jeans

Vivienne Westwood Graziella pearl choker


Photo: Courtesy of Jungle

A brilliant model, performer, and activist, who last year launched a party series to uplift transgender people in Seoul, Jungle is one of the most compelling figures in the city’s spirited nightlife scene and a powerful force for change. Here, she shares her shopping wishlist for spring, from daisy-dotted Acne Studios flares to a sparkling pair of silver Tabi boots. 

Simone Rocha off-white sweetheart midi dress

Simone Rocha egg beaded pearl-effect clutch bag

Simone Rocha floral

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