The Vivienne Westwood fall/winter 2015-2016 collection on the Paris Fashion Week runway today featured some interesting pieces that throw us into the world of Little Red Riding Hood and even the modern day Once Upon a Time. They are woodsy, they are strange and we certainly do not expect to see too many of these on the streets or at the best or worst of parties. Some are a lot more palatable than others, and we can appreciate the hard work that has gone into creating such a collection.
Speaking of Little Red Riding Hood, we seem to have found a piece to covet in the Marsala colored two piece set with the tunic over the matching pants, a head over the head and falling into a cape behind the model wearing it on stage. Those shoes though, they are as hideous as it comes and cannot for the life of us imagine donning on such pieces unless we are on a casting set or filming a movie. We can neither do those oversized brown lace up shoes with the round toe, nor the pointed toe dwarf footwear that seems to belong in the Disney film known as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. On the other hand, the suede black knee high boots are not just palatable but also quite covetable, perfect particularly with a black flowing loose fitting mini dress thrown over woodland print leggings in cream, green and brown coloring. We may not be so sure about three quarters of the Vivienne Westwood fall/winter 2015-2016 collection that looks more like it has been commissioned as set costumes for a fairy tale inspired movie or television series, but we certainly know that many of these will never find a place in our sacred closets.
Of course the show would end with a shared kiss, because of course, which fairy tale does not end in a happily ever after? But along the way we run across mad hatters and Red Queens, sexy villains and zombie school teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing as well as dwarves with gentle hearts but no sense of style; you run into all types of characters that would inhabit an enchanted forest, while the good guys also appear along the way to guide one through the mazes. Floral prints and pinstripes, satin blouses and grass skirts, oversized breeches and incredibly high hats, thigh high slits and miniskirts, onesie style jumpsuits and fringed designs, multiple layers and wide lapels… There are so many aspects to this collection by Vivienne Westwood, the 73-year-old English fashion designer known for bringing modern punk and new fashion waves into the mainstream, that we can spend all night counting them out. This is a collection in which Westwood seems determined to break all the rules, underlining a rather “unisex” theme to the garments and bringing to the stage a line-up of not so ready to wear fashions since it may not be feasible to have a dark baroque dress that lifts away from the legs on struts to form bat like wings. Whatever the message she was trying to send with this, we definitely found the whole show perfectly amusing.
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