May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Vivienne Westwood presented her spring collection at the home of the British ambassador to France, which was appropriate not only because of the designer’s nationality, but also because the theme of Britishness that ran through the show. From the queenly tiaras to the Victorian bustiers to the patterns inspired by Baroque textiles, Westwood’s homeland was a strong presence. And of course, there was the quintessentially British quirkiness. Silly hats, striking face paint, and Troll doll-inspired hair added the off-kilter element one expects from a Westwood show. In recent years, the designer has become an advocate for ending climate change, and she titled her show “Climate Revolution”. Aside from a shirt and tote bag emblazoned with the slogan, the theme of climate awareness wasn’t apparent in the collection. It was more of an ode to Britishness, and it was pure Westwood fun. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Constructed hourglass / Drape-y / Asymmetrical
Color: Dove grey / White / Muddy browns / Navy / Silver / Bright pink / Royal purple / Lime / Black / Gold / Teal / Taupe / Pale pink / Peach / Bright blue / Regal red / Lilac
Key Items: Drape-y dresses / Bustier tops / Wrap dresses
Materials: Fluid silks / Taffeta / Lamé / Crisp cotton / Fine-gauge yarns / Lurex yarns / Bouclé yarns / Jacquard / Leather / Canvas / Eyelet
Print + Pattern: Baroque textile patterns / Stripes / Checks
Details + Trim: Jewel embellishments / Draping / Bustier details / Self-belts / Ruching / Gathering / Ruffles
Accessories + Footwear: Tiaras / Bulbous hats / Straw hats / Foldover clutches / Ladylike top-handle bags / Small frame bags / Minaudieres / Printed totes / Ankle-strap platform sandals / Strappy platform ankle boots
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