Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Monday 18 February 2013

Catwalk

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATWALKING.COM
REVIEWS BY KAY BARRON, FASHION FEATURES DIRECTOR AT NET-A-PORTER

While we know what to expect at a Vivienne Westwood show, that doesn’t make her any less relevant. Dame Viv might paint the models’ faces like the most artful child would attempt, and backcomb their hair so that it’s practically wider than the catwalk, but strip that away and the clothes are wearable and women-friendly. In fact, the theme this season was quality over quantity. Sure, Westwood pairs a zebra-stripe teal coat with multi-striped tights, mustard suede shoes and an orb bag, and together it’s a look for a specific Westwood fan. But, separately, they are all powerful pieces that alone can hold an outfit. The draped figure-caressing dresses that she has built an empire on prove their worth on every model, for, with curves or without, they create the allure of an hourglass figure. If you have never tried one on, I urge you to. Then there is the Dame herself. As soon as she takes to the catwalk, leading her models in the finale, you realise her worth. She is London, and LFW would be a duller place without her.

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