Vivienne Westwood Menswear Fall Winter 2012 Milan
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Queen Viv and husband Andreas Kronthaler, who heads the men’s division of Westwood, delivered a collection of forty incredibly accessible looks this season. Gents, if you’ve always wanted to wear Westwood but found it difficult to find your way to the brand then this is the year for you.

The opening gambit was a customised take on the classic waxed cotton hunting or farming jacket complete with corduroy shoulder patches and matching fox-red brogues. Soon after came a luxurious, woollen, blanket coat with dog-tooth underside. Later, the star of the show, a thick shearling, short jacket with red leather strip detailing and high collars preceded a jersey, track pant ensemble that was matched with Westwood gladiator boots. So far so flawless.

The show was an homage to Sir David Attenborough’s BBC documentary series ‘The Frozen Planet’ that will be aired in the US but without the final episode where information on the dangers of climate change will be withheld. Mirrored on the runway, the theme was polar explorers, team Westwood highlighting the ice-melt that will change our planet forever in ten years if mankind doesn’t take steps to change its polluting addictions to fossil fuels. And so models had glacial melt in their hair and beards while faces were sunburnt. Silk scarves topped the neckline of burgundy bomber jackets à la Scott of the Antarctic on leisure time and patterned long-johns were tucked into high, lace-up, winter boots. Hi-jinx were still present in the form of dual dandy tartan suits but elegant reason quickly returned via a closing trio of dinner tuxedo’s; viva the Westwood man.

- Sarah Hay

www.viviennewestwood.co.uk

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