Amidst Asian style music and South American style radio shows began the Vivienne Westwood show, the Red Label fall/winter 2015-2016 collection presented to the fashion lovers watching the London Fashion Week go by. An English fashion designer and the businesswoman responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions to the mainstream, Westwood made sure she stood out from the rest by having a cockfight radio program by MGM mark the beginning of her show. The 73-year-old designer is as eccentric as can be and a staple of London Fashion Week. Considering how much she loves the punk, especially that of the 1970s which included BDSM fashion, bondage gear, safety pins, razor blades, bicycle chains on clothing and spiked dog collars for jewellery, it was definitely expected that she would include elements of it in her show tonight.
Despite her unconventional designs, Vivienne Westwood has been loved by Marion Cotillard, who wore the designer both in 2009 and 2013, as well Princess Eugenie who wore three different Westwood designs to the 2011 royal wedding. There is also Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Gwen Stefani, and many others who seem to find the Westwood designs beyond interesting. And why not? They are completely captivating
Surprisingly, the Vivienne Westwood Red Label fall/winter 2015-2016 collection began with a rather tame piece, a nice simple dress with a light beige colored coat pulled over. Yet we did begin to see some of Westwood’s individually unique designs appear, albeit is a slightly toned down manner, but the colorful socks and the dresses made it onto the runway, with lots of stripes and a very cozy look. Micro shorts also came out on to the runway, while we were treated to the typical cropped trousers that are so very common during these fall/winter runway shows. The stripes were definitely a new thing but the black and white coloring is one of the bigger trends for the next seasons. There were lots of pantsuits to consider choosing from however, and they seem to be quite moderate despite expectations. Most of the skirts even reached midi level.
We loved the use of the grey over the mustard yellow which has also shown itself often enough on the runway, particularly in pre-fall collections. It was quite interesting to see an Arabian shalwar style pair of trousers followed by the mini short design. The collection was full of color, but not the bright and vibrant sort, but moreso the type to really remind you of autumn and winter. There was even one particular safari style look that caught our attention. The trending use of lightweight materials on skirts was definitely included, as well as a few plunging necklines to keep in tandem with all the rest of the designers. Her asymmetrical skirts on some of the pieces definitely looked great, while we loved the tulle falling from the pretty pink mini dress, effectively turning it into a full-length number.
The final dresses knocked the breath out of us. There was a touch of Goth to the final dress as well, including just a touch of her typical inspirations. Westwood posing with her models at the end was the spice in the cake and the cherry on top, all in one!
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