Quarantine à la Alexander Mcqueen

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Leather Jacket - Helium London (15yrs old)
Leather Trousers - Zara
Sock Boots -  Dune London
Earrings - TKMaxx (brand unknown)
Rings - Stack from & Other Stories, Emerald ring gifted. 

Hi all!  Three weeks of lock-down and I have finally decided to ditch the no make-up and comfy's look and get dressed up to go absolutely nowhere.  I must admit, it was pretty fun to get dolled up for an in house photoshoot.  I guess it brings a different take on passing the time during quarantine. 

Anyway, I was desperate to get back into recreating a designer catwalk look as it gets my creative juices flowing whilst I rifle through mine (and my mums) wardrobe.  I've said this time and time again but playing around with your wardrobe is one of the best things to do for two reasons.  First of all, it's fun (once you pass the moment of utter panic and upset of hating your closet of course), there's a kind of nostalgia in playing dress-up and a moment for some self-love and appreciation.  Secondly, it's a great way to reduce buying new clothes.  Once you take the time to try on pieces with others in your wardrobe or an item from a friend or family member, you begin to notice actually how many outfit options you really have in one closet.  Not only does it show how little you need to buy but it also makes you learn to fall in love with your clothes all over again. 
Look 2 from Alexander Mcqueen SS20 RTW collection.  Photo credit: Vogue.co.uk
For today's catwalk recreation, I have chosen a look from the incredible Alexander Mcqueen SS20 collection.  I have always been a fan of the brand's legacy; collections that are full of emotion, power and creative prowess.  Side note: if you haven't yet watched the Mcqueen film on Netflix, do.  It is such a wonderful tribute to his life, creative work and sadly, death.  

Creative director Sarah Burton evoked strength and chicness in her looks within this particular collection with the mixture of lace, leather, power suiting, and ruffles.  I think Anders Christian Madsen wrote something quite fitting in his Vogue review of the collection actually - "Imbuing clothes with a soul can be a bit of a fashion cliche.  At Mcqueen, it's life."  Quite suitably, it's this soulfulness that allows for such wearability within the collection.  Take Look 2 for instance, an outfit with such ease and chicness, it was a perfectly powerful look to replicate. 

Simply a combination of leather on leather, look 2 is not particularly difficult to recreate.  What's key, however, is a need for good fit and tailoring in order to make double leather look less heavy and less "biker".  For my version, I teamed my (fake) leather trousers with this gorgeously soft leather jacket.  The jacket belongs to my mum, it's one piece she has kept in her closet for probably just under 20 years and is a true gem.  Out of all the pieces I wish to continue to inherit from her closet, this one has always been top of the list.  

For an added bit of sleekness to the overall silhouette, I buttoned the collar, cinched in the waist with a big black leather waist belt and completed the look with some black kitten-heeled sock boots.   Once lockdown is lifted, this will be an outfit first in line to wear to whichever social outing/event I attend. 

Until next time, Lyds x

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