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Editorial

Can perfumes inspire a fashion collection? They can for Jill Stuart, who drew inspiration from essential oils to produce hyper-decorated clothes with added iridescent effects from gilding and precious embroidery. What’s more, just as fragrant notes can blend with one another, so Stuart mixed fabrics, pairing gold tulle embroidered with gold polka dots with black velvet or lurex with velvet and wool. Dress hemlines were mainly long or midi and mid-calf length skirts were teamed with sheer blouses with a 19th century appeal, featuring high gathered collars or bow fasteners, while trousers were loose and high-waist. The Victorian age and the ’70s blended like fragrances to create a captivating mix.