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Vivienne Westwood

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QUIRKY ELEGANT

Vivienne Westwood took to the runway advocating for awareness of global climate change and promoting the green movement, pinning protest signs onto many looks in the show. While not a shock, as Westwood has used the printed word in past collections, and admirable that she is committed to saving the planet, the picket-rally atmosphere distracted from the many beautiful, quirky looks. Playing with sweater knits, she created offbeat versions of the classic wrap dress, the cardigan and the sweatshirt. The wrap dress came in a muted purple with smudges of goldenrod and black, accessorized with flaming leggings; the cardigan was elongated into a pencil dress with a twisting placket, and the sweatshirt hung off of one shoulder, Flashdance-style, and was slashed at the neck. Westwood also experimented with classic patterns, as in a pair of striped shorts whose bellows pockets were belted around each leg, and an orange plaid pencil skirt that was paired with a collaged top in clashing motifs. Her magic has always been in creating interesting, feminine shapes through unconventional methods, and a classic example was shown in purple taffeta rolled-up trousers with an asymmetric closure, paired with a taffeta cropped top that draped off the shoulder, bringing Edwardian elegance to raw-edged modernism.

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