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The most arresting image in the mood book Osman Yousefszada had placed on every audience seat was one of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, on holiday in Italy in the mid-Fifties.

They were up against stiff competition — Thirties fashion-plate Daisy Fellowes in floral print, the Maharajah of Jodhpur in full regalia, occultist Alesteir Crowley surrounded by his totems — but, for sheer incongruity, the shot was hard to beat. They could almost be an early Kimye: the Duke in a long bamboo-print robe with white brogues, and Wallis in a two-piece mini with batwing sunglasses and a bow-tied parasol.

They exude confidence, and carelessness, and extravagant globetrotter ennui. And it was the mood their lifestyle established which dominated Osman’s show, as it has in seasons past; the glamorous heyday of midcentury travel, and the cool, Modernist luxury of clothes designed for a life of privilege without purpose.

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