28 September 2013 by

Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2014 Show Report: Spinning Yarn

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Dame Vivienne Westwood is more interested in climate change these days than fashion. 'I'm going to call the show "everything is connected" because that is the main message of the climate revolution and it means that everything each one of us thinks or says or does can make a difference,' the show notes read. It's a positive message and why not use the catwalk to express a political viewpoint? Certainly, it has a broad reach.

That is not to say her fashion isn't great, however, and the show that took place this afternoon cemented her position as still among the world's most influential designers.

Models stepped off escalators in the wanton jersey dresses, overblown but always a little off ballgowns and sharp shouldered tailoring with which she made her name. They carried handbags stamped with her signature Pirate print and wore the elevated platforms that is so much part of the Westwood style on their feet.

There was a sweet pastoral feel to many of their looks: raw edged draped gowns in pale colours, patch-worked silk skirts embroidered with blossom and, for tomboys, indigo knickerbockers or plaid jackets with matching teeny tiny shorts all looked cute.

Westwood works in partnership with her husband Andreas Kronthaler these days who stated that he was 'very fond' of the knitwear in the collection 'and if I was a girl for sure it would be my absolute must have'. He wasn't far wrong. What's not to love about gauzy tube dresses in pale shades of peach, sage and apricot that skimmed the body while never restricting it? Lovely.


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