LFW show report: Classic Westwood

21 September 2009

The Vivienne Westwood Red Label show was exactly what you’d expect of the Grande Dame of Fashion. A major crush to get in, the bass still ringing in your ears ten minutes after leaving the show and A listers not only on the front row - Nicola and Sarah from Girls Aloud, Boy George and Erin O’Connor - but walking the catwalk too. Pixie Geldolf, Daisy Lowe and, ahem, Lisa from Big Brother (for the record half the audience had no idea who Lisa was, but luckily one secret BB-loving colleague, and obviously the only person who watched series 10, was on hand to tell us). You’d have been forgiven for having a hard time actually looking at the clothes. They were vintage Westwood: sexy, feminine with a heavy dollop of irreverence.  It’s easy to forget with all the hoopla that surrounds her shows that Westwood produces some of the best tailoring on the market, not to mention her uber flattering dresses that celebrate women, whatever their shape. (Witness the nipped waist jackets and wide leg pants that were just perfectly cut.) We also loved the fabulous 1950s inspired cotton dresses that, thanks to clever corseting and drapery, managed to be fresh, flattering and super sexy (no mean feat). Oh, and if Vivienne, the queen of sky scraper shoes is sending models out in flats, a seas change is afoot mark our words…

- Siobhan Mallen


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