From the McQ Catwalk Show

Alexander McQueen’s McQ catwalk wowed with its high fashion look at London Fashion Week recently, and our Ladieswear buyers were there to witness McQ’s first ever catwalk show on home turf.

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Creative director Sarah Burton showcased a theatrical and quintessentially British collection which showed that the luxe label’s diffusion line can compete with the most haute couture collections on offer.

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The long coats were in an understated colour palette of khaki greens and black, and were teamed with leather lace-up stiletto boots to add to the dramatic look. The jackets featured big pockets and structured detailing which also gave a military-style aesthetic.

The Winter 12 line truly showed the best of British style, with strong aesthetics and breathtaking shapes. Hair and hemlines were dramatic, against the beautiful autumnal leaves scattered on the runway.

Red and brown and black tulle dresses also featured on the runway, which gave a touch of girly femininity to the otherwise overall masculine-style look. The dresses were clinched in at the waist with chunky black belts, while colourful floral embellishments adorned some of the more elaborate designed minidresses.

The enchanted forest finale was truly breathtaking — a true fashion moment!

In a statement McQ said the collection encompassed “a love story, a love of McQueen and a love of great British style”.

Juergen Teller: Woo!

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Woo! is a collection of the landmark works of German photographer Juergen Teller now showing at the Institute of Contemporary Art until March. Having secured success in both the commercial and art worlds, Teller is one of the most important and influential photographers of our time.

The exhibition plots the seamless journey through his career including provocative portraits of famous faces such as Kate Moss (whom he first photographed when she was just fifteen), Lily Cole, Kurt Cobain and Vivienne Westwood. Teller has shaped his own distinct and recognisable style fusing sex appeal, humour and self mockery with emotional honesty, and is often described as the antithesis of the conventional fashion photograph. Who remembers the Marc Jacobs ad campaigns which saw Victoria Beckham falling out of a giant carrier bag?

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But despite his showmanship and oddball humour, there’s more to Teller than the desire to shock. ‘Irene im Wald’ and ‘Keys to the House’ are Tellers most recent body of work, revealing a glimpse into his personal world through his hometown in Germany and family home in Suffolk.

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Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art website for more details.