Catwalk

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

No Vivienne Westwood show would be complete without a political manifesto. So when the fashion pack found themselves inside the Foreign and Commonwealth office looking at Jade Parfitt in her ‘I’m Julian Assange’ anti-extradition T-shirt, Dame Viv’s latest cause was clear.
But up on the catwalk the real shock was the purity of it. Pastels, clean, crisp pinstripes and shocking hot pink silks had replaced the label’s signature political prints and mashed up tartan.
With pearl necklaces, set and blow dries, and satin-gloved hands carrying ladylike handbags there was no doubt where Queen Viv had drawn inspiration from for spring summer 2013.
It was a collection all about the old and new, retro references given a modern re-interpretation even down to the muse.
Instead of her original muse Sarah Stockbridge (who provided live music during the show), Queen Elizabeth stood in on this historic year.
Ending her show in little more than a pair of knickers, spring summer 2013 is all about celebrating the great, good and plain old bonkers nature of British fashion.

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