Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood always manages to combine ethnic and historical references and make them into something fashionable. For F/W13 the show notes stated: “Influences come from the 4 corners, historical, ethnic, structure and ‘flou’.” The collection was a mélange of sparkling jacquards, tribal prints, folkloric embroidery, intarsia knits and crochets. The Medieval influence was evident with large wool blanket coats, exaggerated hoods and felted knits. There were also more wearable styles, like well-tailored suits, plush woolen overcoats and skirt suits with neat jackets. Few know how to construct garments like Westwood; she is a genius with drapes, folds and cutting techniques, and proved it once again with simple white shirtdress in silk crepe that accentuated every line of the female body. “When you go back in time you also enter the future,” said Vivienne post show. The show ended with cascading feather sleeves, a delicate transparent take on medieval gown and a white bridal dress with a long train. Afterwards, Vivienne and husband Andreas Kronthaler walked all the way down the runway, greeting the press. —Celia Ingesson

Silhouette: Menswear  / Layered / Medieval / Ethnic

Color: Navy / Grey / Wine / Brown / Beige / Skin / Blush / Warm red / Peacock / Ecru / Vanilla / Black

Key Items: Blanket coat / Well-tailored suit / Oversized belted menswear wrap / Knitted brief-incorporated skirt / Draped belted shirtdresses / Draped georgette silk gowns

Materials: Wool flannel / Tapestry fabrics / Melton wool / Boiled wool / Crepe silk / Crochet

Print + Pattern:  Ethnic motifs / Blanket plaids / Paisley / Intarsia

Details + Trim: Feathers / Metallic yarns / Leather binding / Folkloric embroidery / Sequins

Accessories + Footwear: High platforms with architectural heels for pumps, boots and lace-ups / Furry boots / Fez hats / Decorative large tassels and ethnic jewelry / Faux gloves


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