Saturday, 6 March 2010

Vivienne W., Gypsies and Pirates...

...having a wild party with lots of booze and drugs - at least that is what comes to my mind taking a look at Vivienne Westwood's collection that was shown yesterday during LFW. From head to toe, starting with quashed gypsy-headgear, smudgy make-up, a blow-out stole, splashy colour prints on shirts and tights, colourful stripy socks and blue iridescent stockings, the collection had it all that you would expect of a party extravaganza, hosted by the Queen of Punk.

Looking at the pictures, mid-way, it struck me, that there was actually a massive resemblance of a few of the models with Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow cross-dressing into womens' couture- this might have been due to the fact of the make-up effects but also of some pirate-influenced accessory elements like the long gloves and stripy pants and socks. Other models at first glance actually evoked an immediate association of John Galliano with their Prince Valiant look-alike hair-do.

Apart from that, Vivienne Westwood proposed numerous beautifully draped plaids, torn, washed-out and multi-layered pieces with prints that ranged from "prince charming" to the (a bit too obvious) "stop climate change" and various splashed paint prints that were repeated in various items. The scruffy layer-look took turns with romantic tull and chiffon dresses and draped elegant evening pieces.
The careful, yet gypsiesque layering just gave and edge to the collection and showed that Vivienne Westwood is simply authentic, when playing with all the cliches of punk and noblesse and mixing her brith-chic heritage in a wild punk fĂȘte with gypsies, pirates and princesses in disguise.

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