Fashion need not always be so straightforward. Often, it can be crazy! Crazier than crazy! And that’s where designers like Vivienne Westwood come in with their ability to scare the hell out of us (apparently red eyeliner works wonders in creating vampires and zombies of the evil nature) while still ensuring we are awed by the designs. Zombies on the beach wot flat abs and long, toned legs appear quite fashionable actually, in bedraggled bikinis covering barely anything, the hair pulled back with an edgy cloth and dead eyes covered with oversized sunglasses.
Pretty dolls and varsity team cheerleaders come up to the Vivienne Westwood spring/summer 2016 catwalk, each with their specific appeal, alongside all the other students attending. While it all starts tame enough, we move on into headless women (wearing a coat on hanger that closes around the body) as well as rounded headpieces with veils that remind us of hellish brides in white. Between bright red lipstick and a shift in focus to beautifully done up colorful demonic eyes, Westwood sure has the Halloween spirit captured on hand.
The clothing itself is pretty enough, with sweater dresses and silken gingham skirts and blouses; we notice plunging necklines here and there and diagonal hems to the dresses, ankle cropped trousers and a few shoulder pads. We love the boyish slouch to the pants here and there, as well as the silken material, which captures the light and gives every piece it is used on a richer, more vibrant feel. Splotched denim jacket over frilly ruffled skirts with a mini hem certainly are appealing in the doll-like stature, while the Happy Hippie holding a coconut loving bag makes thigh slits look so very good.
There are 54 looks to choose from and while some are downright freaky in their presentations, others are not quite so bad, even leaning towards being rather lovely. A psychedelic Alice in Wonderland? No problem! Sequins out of the Milky Way? It appears Westwood has her eye on the treasure and prefers to see the glittering masses walking about on legs. There is also a dark bride in there somewhere in tattered but very expensive clothes, wearing black rain boots as she trudges through the dirt and the muck of daily life, her gauzy robes hinting at an affluent background.
This Vivienne Westwood spring/summer 2016 collection was unveiled on the Paris Fashion Week and literally threw us off kilter, though we were expecting something even crazier. A whole slew of monsters was in line with expectations actually, or grotesque figures as Maison Margiela and Vivienne Westwood are both more on the freakier side of the fashion industry. Though we have to admit that after the zombies and vampires seen during the beginning, the final showpiece of a nature-loving beekeeper was a bit unexpected, veiled hat and all; though technically it appeared to be more of a nymph bride with woodsy stockings, a blue ruffled crop top reminding us of the riverbed and flowers with long stems woven about the waist where a small ruffled skirt appears, bouquet in hand.
Photos courtesy of Vogue