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A Wardrobe Fit for Powerful Women, from Lady Macbeth to Blair Waldorf

Photographed by Simbarashe Cha

“Look like th’ innocent flower, But be the serpent under ‘t,” Lady Macbeth announces in the first act of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This was the epigraph, and the subtext, for Joseph Altuzarra’s Fall 2017 show, a parade of wool, fur, and velvet motivated by the designer’s reading of the Shakespearean tragedy and his recent fascination with northern Renaissance art. At moments, those inspirations were explicit, visible in toggle-fastened military jackets, leather gloves with bloused sleeves, corset details, and velvet headbands embellished with pearls that would make Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf and her minions reach for their credit cards. Yet elsewhere, it was implicit in the strong, yet classically feminine silhouettes and details — a cinched waist, a louche slip dress with buttons at the neckline carelessly undone. “A lot of my reading of Macbeth was really thinking about power and ambition,” Altuzarra explained backstage after the show. “The character Lady Macbeth in and of itself was interesting because of her duality.” Altuzarra’s eponymous label has always embraced power dressing — and this season, it’s power dressing for every woman’s tragic literary heroine. Go backstage with Altuzarra’s cast of all-star models like Lineisy Montero, Maartje Verhoef, and Frederikke Sofie, here.

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