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Stylist meets Madonna

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It's not every day you get to meet Madonna, but Stylist added that particular feather to its cap at the premiere of her latest film, W.E., in London last night (23 October).

We grabbed a front-row seat as Madonna mania took the capital by storm, with hundreds of fans crowding into London's Leicester Square for a glimpse of the original Material Girl.

The 53-year-old star did not disappoint: dressed in a forties-inspired L'Wren Scott dress, she worked the crowds in the way only Madonna can - with style, substance and aplomb.

Inside the cinema, the singer took time out for a quick Q&A on her second directional effort, a biopic of the life of Wallis Simpson, or "the 20th-century's greatest royal love story."

The film sees James D'Arcy play Edward VIII, with rising star Andrea Riseborough tackling the role of Simpson.

Madonna said she was "thrilled" to have Riseborough as her lead, saying she first noticed the actress for her title role in BBC 4 drama Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley.

"I saw her playing Margaret Thatcher and thought she was brilliant - she transformed herself in that film, " Madonna said, adding that Riseborough had just the right combination of "steeliness and fragility" to bring Simpson to life on-screen.

The normally reticent star also drew laughs from the audience by opening up on the meaning of love, both in her latest film and beyond.

"There is no such thing as perfect love and if you think so you’re in for a real awakening," the twice-married actress said, to applause. "Real love requires compromise."

"The other idea or message that I hope people come away with (from the film) is that … there are many sides to a story. So it pays to investigate before you reach a conclusion about somebody or something. Make sure you gather as much evidence as you can," she added.

Madonna, who also co-wrote W.E., previously admitted she was nervous about attending its UK premiere.

"It's slightly nerve-wracking because it's about a British king, it's predominantly filmed in Britain, it's a British production, most of my actors are English and I know the British can be tough critics. But I hope they like it," she said.

See all the latest photos from the premiere here.

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