Thursday 22nd February

| BY Roxy Lola

No 21: Ready-to-Wear AW18

Majorettes get in line, this one’s for you. No 21 Autumn/ Winter 2018 was all about women who put on a show every day. They ain’t no diva, they’re just oozing with casual fabulousness. “I found in the majorette an embodiment of the incongruity between a common, working-class type of public entertainment and the spontaneous expression of an unconscious, off-the-cuff glamour that’s all the same uniquely personal,” said Alessandro Dell’acqua. Cigarettes After Sex’s ‘K.’ felt so sultry and chilled out with all the dark glitz and glamour of glistening crystal trimmed collars and elbow length leather gloves. They wore whistles round their necks and majorette hats. In charge.

Gold and silver fringed sleeve shirts shimmered, a patchwork of iridescent sequins made up coats and dresses over tartan, and softly pleated and draped chiffon dresses were a hit. They walked in slingback stilettos and crystal trimmed pony skin creepers. Options. The new No. 21 bag ‘Lolita’ with it’s leather fringe pom pom swung like their newfound batons, we can see them twirling and throwing them in the air. Vintage elegy of another era, a lost Las Vegas for now. There was a fallen ladylike glamour to it, a sadness. As Pat Benetar’s ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ sang in the finale, “We are young, heartache to heartache, we stand, no promises, no demand.”

Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans