Vivienne Westwood Menswear Fall Winter 2013 London

It’s a revolution, and Vivienne Westwood is its front-running leader.  Set in the hidden, industrial loading bay of Harrods in London’s Knightsbridge, the presentation unveiled a post-apocalyptic installation of models who sat atop gigantic sculptures created from recycled urban waste, work of London-based artist Joe Rush, that constituted a call-to-arms to join forces against climate change.

Having launched her CLIMATE REVOLUTION campaign during last year’s Paralympics closing ceremony with the same sculptures like a militant Queen Boudicca, Vivienne Westwood took guests around the Trojan horse-resembling centerpiece, created by disregarded Cadillacs and recycled Chevrolet parts, focusing the attention more on the message, “What’s good for the planet is good for the economy”, stated the placards dotting around the venue.  The clothes themselves, however, also made for another strong statement by the designer, with piled-on cardigans and overcoats, slouchy blouson trousers and stripy tights dressing the perfect Westwood militants, complete with hoods and war-paint. Outside the venue, a standup demonstration to free Julian Assange was taking place – a cause also dear to the designer’s heart, who was wearing her “I am Julian Assange” t-shirt to raise funds for Wikileaks.

It was an utterly charged event, both with the gorgeous menswear staples Westwood fans have come to love, but also with an appeal for something much bigger – and urgent – than the invitation suggested.  

- Maria Dimitrova
 

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