Dame Vivienne summoned a gang of real-life English eccentrics, including Boy George, Pete Burns and Paloma Faith - to sit on the front row of her Red Label show last night and watch the kooky-chic outfits perambulate past.
As we’re in Autumn Winter there was plenty to reflect this – the fine knit cardigans in blocks of autumnal colours, the buttoned blouses under cardis and jackets with ties, plenty of layers for cosiness – and of course, lots of bold plaids and tartans, the clashier the better. As the collection moved through to eveningwear there were enough of Vivienne’s signature bustier dresses with crinkled brocade over the structure to keep her hard core of followers happy. Colours were subdued overall, with many looks comprised of navy, beige or khaki with a russet red coming though and lots of warm gold for the eveningwear.
Vivienne Westwood is such a well established figure on the fashion scene that people already know what to expect from the collections – and the pieces on the runway are very close to what will be hanging in her shop. But she still has that bit of magic dust sprinkled over it, from her showbiz friends, to the crazy makeup, giant birds’ nest hairdos and the brilliant headwear; crowns in various materials, from felt to hair (!) that lift it from being in any way boring.