Alessandra Rich always wants you to be a lady. At last year’s September show in Paris, the Italian-born, British-based designer gifted each showgoer with a quiz. “Discover how ladylike you are with this quiz!” it read, both impish and playful. Three “ladies” were presented: “Totally Ladylike”, “A New Ladylike” and “Rebel Ladylike”. We think Beyoncé may be all three.
Wearing one of Rich’s famous tweed twinsets over the weekend, the singer took a little from column A, a little from column B and a lot from column C (naturally). There was the sovereign structure of “Totally Ladylike”; the luxurious tweed, deep square neckline and crystal buttons of the jacket, for example, were utterly prim and proper.
Then there was the nouveau lady; polished yet modern, this was manifest in the skirt’s abbreviated hemline and fun, neon take on the classic slingback pump (also Alessandra Rich). And of course, “Rebel Ladylike”, a breed of ladylike Beyoncé does very, very well: subversive glamour with a lot of glitz (read: Rich’s Crystal Circle Earrings and Crystal Chain Choker along with some very sparkly sunglasses).
Trust Beyoncé and Alessandra Rich – two women with glamour at their very core – to take a classic black twinset and turn it on its head in the most fabulous way possible. Because who doesn’t want to be this kind of lady?
shop the look
Wool-blend tweed bustier jacket, ALESSANDRA RICH at net-a-porter. $2,394. shop now
crystal-embellished mini skirt, alessandra rich, $943. shop now
Satin Pumps with bow, alessandra rich, approx $800. shop now