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A Truman Melody

For Autumn Winter 2019, Stine Goya delves into the world of Truman Capote - his own style, the feted Black & White Ball, and the Swans; the group of high profile women who inspired and made up his social set.

The collection finds the essence of the Goya woman in the eclectic and varied style of the individual Swans, who included Lee Razdiwill, Marella Agnelli, Babe Paley and Slim Keith, exploring getting dressed for one legendary night at the Plaza Hotel in 1966 to how each expressed their iconic styles in their daily wardrobes, throughout the 50s until the 1970s.

The season owes a debt to the night time hours with looks for all occasions and individuals. A one shoulder polka dot gown, imagined in black burnout velvet, evokes their unabashed glamour, whilst a high necked fluid silk dress is painted with images of the Swans themselves. The drama of a tailored coat and crisply cut trousers are rendered in an elegant gold and black check.

Capote’s own 70s style forms the inspiration for a collection of luxurious shirts; in satins and prints with contrast stitching and oversize collars and cuffs.

The suit cuts a swathe across the dancefloor, its masculine classic shapes lifted with Goya magenta frills, checks and a bold teal.

Away from the ballroom, a long faux fur coat shrugs over the shoulders of dresses in softly flowing fabrics layered over cropped trousers cut to reveal the 
twinkle toes of low heeled pumps.

Truman’s fair isle sweaters are rendered in Goya style, woven through with glitter lurex to add a little of the Swans sparkle to the classics, this winter’s knitwear also weaving through homespun patchwork and topped with a sporty quilted coat reworked into a chic classic shape, finished with red suede ski boots, evoking Babe Paley on the slopes.

Imagining Lee Radziwill at home in the Hamptons, Stine’s signature painterly prints dance across the collection, accompanied by splashes of 70s gingham, meadow flowers and warped florals, and are balanced by crisp tailoring in block colours, all finished off with the flourish of a scarf.