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London Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood Red Label AW16

Vivienne Westwood is one designer who doesn’t keep her opinions to herself. The First Lady of punk, Westwood pushes the political boundaries in each eccentric, Victoriana-meets-rock-n-roll-meets-Courtney-Love collection she creates season after season, with a topical issue close to the designer’s heart quite often taking centre stage.

Three models on the catwalk for the Vivienne Westwood Red Label AW16 show.

For Vivienne Westwood Red Label AW16, said topic was climate change – or as Westwood put it, Climate Revolution. Set in London’s Royal College of Surgeons, the show called upon the colleges and universities to start an intellectual movement and put a stop to climate change.

Intellectualism was a focal point – ‘Intellectuals tell the truth [as opposed to the government]’ was one of the designer’s messages – and her collection seemed to reflect that. Still distinctively Vivienne Westwood with its hour-glass shapes, inventive draping and bold prints, this Vivienne Westwood Red Label AW16 collection almost seemed pared back a little compared to those that have come before it.

Three models on the catwalk for the Vivienne Westwood Red Label AW16 show.

There were buttoned-up tweed blazers, crisp white shirts, long conservative lengths and mannish suits, pleated midi skirts with printed knits, and silky slip like dresses that one could almost – almost – describe as simple. But this wouldn’t be Vivienne Westwood Red Label without bright red tartan, pirate buckles, quilted patchworks coats and a whole mix up of prints – of which there was an abundance of.

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Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of Vogue.



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

Writer and expert