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London Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood SS14

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Image courtesy of Alan Davidson

Known for her ability to dramatically weave social messages into her designs, Vivienne Westwood’s SS14 Red label collection reflected her work with the Environmental Justice foundation through items such as statement T-shirts with ‘Climate’ printed across the front. There was also a considerable dash of vintage drama delivered through plenty of theatricals, such as Lily Collins opening the show with a spot of interpretive dance.

Images courtesy of Elle

Whilst on other catwalks this season, minimalism, pastels and natural hues have reigned, for Vivienne’s Red label, gothic beauty was at its finest - faces were white with splashes of black and red, hair was pinned up in a dishevelled style, and the whole theme resembled a parade of characters from a glamorous version of a Tim Burton film. 

Whilst much of the collection revolved around loose, effortless, billowing fabrics there was of course the trademark, structured tailoring too.  We loved the moments when the two combined, such as the structured blazer paired with the beloved harem/jogger style pants.

Image courtesy of Elle

If we had to pick a favourite look it would have to be the baroque bandeau dress, with delicate detailing, worn with the statement Climate T-shirt - combining old with new, and femininity with more forceful casual couture.  It’s something that Vivienne Westwood does so well.

Images courtesy of Elle

Show report by Vanessa Gainford.  Edited by GP.

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