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Vivienne Westwood

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CHEEKY CHIC

Paris: Queen Viv delivered her particular brand of disheveled chic once again, the seemingly messy ensembles disguising deliberate, artful constructions. This season, Westwood’s collection felt relatively more straightforward, as appealing items easily emerged from the cacophony of graffiti prints, tie-dye and stripes. A rust-colored pantsuit with a jacket featuring exaggerated shoulders and rounded sleeves had a casual-cool thrown-on appeal, and calf-length A-line skirts took on a new life with her ecstatic prints. Slouchy, washed-out jeans were a highlight, looking best with a crisp cotton shirt and a dramatic asymmetrical sweater. Westwood’s classic draped and gathered dresses and oddly shaped sweaters looked quirky yet sublime as usual, and her British cheekiness manifested itself with mustachioed models who looked like a cross between Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali.

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