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THE BIOGRAPHY

In a career spanning six decades, Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaïa has amassed a cult following for his era-defining body-con creations and laser-cut accessories. "No other dress can make a woman look and feel as good as an Alaïa dress because it cinches a woman's body perfectly" says Naomi Campbell, lifelong friend and one of his many A-list devotees. Alaïa chooses not to show at international fashion weeks and continues to create his own samples, giving his creations an exclusivity that is unrivalled in the world of fashion.


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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Azzedine Alaïa.


the TIMELINE

We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Azzedine Alaïa's standout career.


THE WINDOW

Azzedine Alaïa's window pays homage to Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity and Cabaret, referencing the show-stopping style of the 1960s and 70s.


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From his 1970s debut collection of printed leather gowns, to his infamous 'sexing-up' of denim in the Noughties, Roberto Cavalli has long reigned as the undoubted king of glamour. Today, infusing wild prints, kaleidoscope colour and exotic elegance into everything he creates, the Italian designer is adored by the fashion elite for his strong, sensual designs. "My muse has always been the sexy, glamorous, sophisticated woman who exudes confidence" explains the designer.


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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Roberto Cavalli.


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We've selected the key looks that have played apart in defining Roberto Cavalli's standout career.


THE WINDOW

Roberto Cavalli's decadent window takes its style cue from The Great Gatsby, referencing the film's 1920's mood of glamour and excess.


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Paul Smith believes 'you can find inspiration in anything, and if you can't you should look again'. It's this spirited attitude coupled with his sense of fun that has helped him build one of Britain's most charming and successful fashion brands. Describing his look as 'classic with a twist' or more playfully as 'Savile Row meets Mr Bean', his fashion collections standout for their mix of traditional British styling, impeccable craftsmanship and eccentric detailing.


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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Paul Smith.


THE WINDOW

A nod to Paul Smith's early days starting out in Nottingham, this window draws its inspiration from stylised British films of that era – from Alfie to Quadrophenia.


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"One thing that is exciting about fashion is the surprise element. People don't know what they want. They just know when they see it" says Marc Jacobs. Through his own label collections and his momentous tenure at Louis Vuitton, Jacobs has been keeping the fashion industry on its toes for over 20 years. A true fashion chameleon, his signature stamp is his perpetual sense of cool. By perfectly capturing the mood of the moment and continually creating the latest style craze, Marc Jacobs reigns supreme as one of the most influential fashion designers in the world.


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the FILM

In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Marc Jacobs.


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We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Marc Jacob's standout career.


THE WINDOW

Inspired by the Truman Show, Marc Jacobs' window takes its style cue from a surreal, dream-like state.


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Renowned for his couture-like collections and show-stopping red carpet gowns, Oscar de la Renta is a true icon of American fashion. Since his early days starting out at Balenciaga and Lanvin, the Dominican-born designer has gone on to dress the world's most stylish women, from princesses to Hollywood starlets, in a career that has spanned half a century. The secret to his longevity? His innate talent for balancing so beautifully the line between of-the-moment fashion and forever-elegant design.


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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Oscar de la Renta.


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We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Oscar de La Renta's standout career.


THE WINDOW

Showcasing Oscar de la Renta's show-stopping aesthetic, this window takes its inspiration from the theatre and romance of Busby Berkley musicals.


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Part of an influential wave of designers to emerge from Japan in the 1970s, Yohji Yamamoto is synonymous with deconstruction, draping and the avant-garde. From his first collection – described by the British fashion press as 'a nuclear bomb' – the Japanese designer has remained remarkably trend-phobic, never wavering in his pursuit of discovering new ways of dressing the female form. Describing his signature aesthetic, the designer explains, "Fashion sighs after trends. I want timeless elegance."


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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Yohji Yamamoto.


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We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Yohji Yamamoto's standout career.


THE WINDOW

Drawing on the designer's love for the avant-garde, Yohji Yamamoto's window is inspired by the haunting and eery mixture of science fiction and film noir seen in Bladerunner.


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Fashion's original enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier has been challenging convention and pushing the boundaries of style through his avant-garde creations for almost 40 years. Since founding his label in 1976, the flamboyant designer has delivered some of fashion's most memorable catwalk moments while pioneering mainstream trends such as innerwear as outerwear, ethnic dress and men in skirts. Whether inspired by Buddhism, space punks or gender issues, his flair for using clothes and the catwalk to explore his views and have his say, has ensured his place in fashion history.


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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Jean Paul Gaultier.


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We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Jean Paul Gaultier's standout career.


THE WINDOW

Jean Paul Gaultier's window was inspired by modern sci-fi films like Gravity – drawing on the designer's most recent 'intergalactic' collection.


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One of the Antwerp Six, a group of vanguard Belgian designers that put the city firmly on the fashion map in the early 1980s, Dries Van Noten is synonymous with well-considered eclecticism. "Normally the more clashing it is, the more that I like it", says Van Noten of his signature style, which often features artful prints, chunky knitwear and intricate detailing. Above all, it's the prevailing sense of easy elegance that keeps Dries Van Noten's loyal following coming back season after season.


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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Dries Van Noten.


the TIMELINE

We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Dries Van Noten's standout career.


THE WINDOW

A nod to Dries Van Noten's love of experimental prints, this window takes its inspiration from the psychedelia of Hitchcock's Vertigo.


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Since the conception of Undercover in 2003, avant-punk designer Jun Takahashi has taught the fashion world to expect the unexpected. Dark and surreal with a macabre sense of humour, Takahashi describes his style as ‘cute but scary, beautiful but ugly.' Takahashi never fails to deliver a provoking show; from sending pairs of identical twins down the catwalk to shrouding his models' faces in eerie masks. The designer is known for his deconstructed creations, which are often patched, layered and slashed, and is synonymous with the punk street style of his home nation Japan.


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the FILM

In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Jun Takahashi.


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We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Jun Takahashi's standout career.


THE WINDOW

Colour collides with texture in Jun Takahashi's window, inspired by Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.


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Since his debut in 2001, highly-acclaimed New York designer Thom Browne has been carving out a unique fashion niche with his playful and submersive style. Although best known for his restrained 1950s and 1960s inspired shrunken suits, 2011 saw the designer make the move into womenswear with a dramatic catwalk debut, in which models wearing twisted versions of a nun's habit were disrobed by male models dressed like priests. "You know me, I love to entertain" explains the one-time actor.


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Shop the specially curated collection, including exclusive-to-Selfridges styles.

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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Thom Browne.


the TIMELINE

We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Thom Browne's standout career.


THE WINDOW

A nod to Thom Browne's love of tailoring, this window takes its motivation from the Stanley Kubrick film, Barry Lyndon, playing on the mirroring of male and female protagonists.


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Central Saint Martin's alumnus Stella McCartney launched her eponymous label in 2001. A staunch supporter of animal rights — refusing to use leather or fur in any of her designs — McCartney's signature style is loved by the fashion elite for her sharp, feminine tailoring with a whimsical, modern edge. "I want the clothes to be modern and cool and relevant. And at the same time, they have got to be perfectly constructed in the most beautiful fabric".


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In association with Vertu, discover SHOWstudio's other-worldly fashion film that encapsulates the creative vision of Stella McCartney.


the TIMELINE

We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Stella McCartney's standout career.


THE WINDOW

This window references the common ground between American film director David Lynch's use of graphic lines and modern materials, and McCartney's own clean, modernist style.


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Described as a dissident designer and fashion rebel, since establishing his label in 1994 Rick Owens has askewed fashion norms to create instead his own, all-encompassing world of gothic romanticism. Revered for his leather jackets, androgynous silhouettes and black-centric colour palette, the LA native's glamour-meets-grunge style has won him a fashion following that borders on cult-like. In keeping with the dark moodiness of his signature aesthetic, his use of smoke-and-mirror theatrics on the catwalk has earned him the title of Master of the Elements.


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the FILMS

Meet Rick Owens as he talks to us about our exclusive collaboration and watch our micro fashion film, created by ShowStudio in association with Vertu.


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We've selected the key looks that have played a part in defining Rick Owens' standout career.


THE WINDOW

Rick Owens looked to Oscar Wilde's Salomé as inspiration for his windows, partly because the famous play reflects his aesthetic and partly as an homage to London.


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