May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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WORKPLACE GONE WILD
London: With its youthful, more accessible vibe, Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label has always played little sister to the main line shown in Paris. However, this season, Red Label’s punk princesses seemed to be outgrowing their statement tees, plaid skirts and combat boots and entering the workplace clad in their own warped notions of traditional careerwear. Suits came in pegged trouser, cuffed shorts and prim pencil skirt form and featured the designer’s signature mix of men’s tailoring and sweet, British-classic femininity. Wide, draped lapels and strong shoulders and sleeves on suit jackets instantly gave away Westwood’s identity, as did their irreverent styling with graphic tees, boxers peeking out and quirky color-blocked brogues. For more casual fare, an oversized button-up with a chintz floral wrap skirt offered a fresh take on boy meets girl. Easy summer dresses were also a standout in loose, yet slightly-nipped-in silhouettes with flattering cowl necklines, cut from toile-printed habotai and gauzy cotton. Although the collection may have felt a bit all over the place, it was this anything-goes, devil-may-care attitude that made it all so very Viv.
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