By NADIA MENDOZA
Still flaunting the muscles: Director Madonna attends the W.E. UK film premiere at the Odeon in Kensington
It seems Madonna is really milking this directing malarky.
Despite having already premiered her W.E. film at the 55th BFI London Film Festival in Leicester Square last October, she relished another red carpet event tonight at the Odeon in Kensington.
The Ray Of Light singer channelled her inner goth girl with an all-black ensemble, opting for a delicate lace cloak, heavy velvet gown - and of course, a vest strap to show off her muscly arm.
Greeting the crowd: Madonna appeared to show her age a little as she photographed from her profile
While choosing one colour may seem a little 'safe', Madonna spiced up the Jean Paul Gaultier frock and Dolce & Gabbana cape with red fingerless gloves and lashings of bright lipstick.
Her trademark blonde locks hung loosely by her side as the Queen of Pop greeted her adoring fans. She played the Mother Hen to her stars Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Richard Coyle and Natalie Dormer; putting her arms around them to pose as own daughter Lourdes was absent.
Lady of the night: Madonna opted for an all-black ensemble, with red details
The film, which has so far received relatively bad reviews, follows a two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson; alongside a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard. It is Madonna's second venture as a director, with her first being in 2008, for Filth And Wisdom.
As the global star greeted her fans to sign autographs, she was still being preened to within an inch of her life by manager Guy Oseary who was clutching a brush and combing her hair as she spoke.
Still preening: Manager Guy Oseary continued to brush Madonna's hair as she signed autographs
While her leading men and ladies may not be so well known this side of the Atlantic, they are fast becoming household names.
Andrea, 30, has starred in Never Let Me Go alongside Carey Mulligan and new Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield, while British beauty Natalie, 29, starred as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors.
Flying the flag for the boys is D'Arcy, 36, who appeared in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl with Billie Piper and 39-year-old Richard Coyle who starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time.
The whole gang: Madonna poses with Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Richard Coyle and Natalie Dormer
Relishing the limelight: Natalie, Andrea and James are relatively unknown on UK shores
Mother instinct: While Lourdes was nowhere to be seen, Madonna looked after her stars Andrea and Natalie
Speaking of the film, the mother-of-four said she is simply a hopeless romantic looking for a prince.
She said: 'If you’re a romantic like me everyone wants to be swept away by a knight in shining armour but we keep getting disappointed. If you have half a brain you know that doesn’t exist.'
Kitsch: Madonna shows off her Chanel gloves as she promotes W.E. ahead of her big London premiere