Vivienne Westwood on her Red Label Autumn Winter 2012 Collection

19 February 2012 by

"I'm really excited and relaxed about this collection," Vivienne Westwood told us whilst a frantic press pen shoved microphones in her face five minutes before the Red Label show kicked off. "I spent all last night working on the line and styling it up."

And her touch of Anglomania - mixing up inspirations from across the globe but with a British eye - "No one throws stuff together as well as us!" - certainly worked it's magic in front of a suitably eclectic crowd. Singer Rita Ora (Jay Z's latest signing and total hottie), model and Daphne Guinness's niece Mary Charteris (who expressed our sentiments about the show-entry bunfight during a phone call on the way out - "It was great but sooo hectic"), Jo Wood, chefs Heston Blumenthal and Gizzi Erksine, Pete Burns and Jameela Jamil would all be able to find something to appreciate in the range. Whether it's Viv's signature checked and draped dresses and suiting, corseted frocks, patterned knitwear or mannish suiting, all of the classics were covered. It was stripped back and definitive of some greatest Westwood hits.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

As well as covetable outerwear, we really enjoyed the little details - dangling skeleton earrings and ladylike silk headscarves. Even the logo'd tees that Dame Viv herself modelled on her finale walk (to a rocking AC/DC Ace of Spades) were cute. And they're being sold so that a chunk of money goes towards EJF (the environmental justice foundation) and the thousands of climate-change-related refugees they care for.

Well, a Westwood show wouldn't be the same without a thought provoking message or two, would it?


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