Vivienne Westwood At The Finale Of Her Show With Lily Cole (Grazia_Live Instagram)
The punk era has been a concrete part of the fashion folk's lexicon for a while now thanks to this year’s exhibition PUNK: Chaos to Couture, which finished last month at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and with subcultural spirit running through collections from the likes of Givenchy and Versace. The original Queen of Punk may state that the movement is no longer alive, but eyes are always on the still-daring Vivienne Westwood in order to see what her next rebellious move would be.
Last season Westwood treated us to draped lurex dresses, metallic zebra striped suits, topped off with penis motif handbags but this time round things kicked off rather more dramatically with Lily Cole dancing in a flowing gown under a spotlight. So far, so theatrical. The Brit model/actress was there at the German Gymnasium in London's Kings Cross supporting Vivienne and Andreas Kronthaler, her husband and partner in design with the fight against climate change.
As for the main event: there were bags, but these were more sensibly shaped satchels printed in bright yellow. Lurex made a re-appearance in flowing silk parka jackets and pussy-bow blouses.
Things became dressier with a meadow print overlaid with sequins, plus black silk tuxedos and strapless jumpsuits. And there were enough signature Westwood skirt suits, cardigans and draped neck dresses to keep the die-hard fans happy. Val Garland's makeup was as avant garde as usual, with white-powdered faces and dirty smudges around the cheeks and up the legs.
Westwood famously picked up her OBE in 1992 from the Queen wearing no knickers but for us today, she paraded the catwalk and accepted a bouquet from Lily Cole whilst waving to the approving crowd in a long silk dress with a sensible cardi. Maybe being shockingly demure is the most rebellious thing a modern woman can do?
Report by Gemma Hayward