Vivienne Westwood Menswear Fall Winter 2014 Milan
Vivienne Westwood waged a battle against big oil and gas companies and her own government with her 2014/15 men's collection in Milan.
"Fracking is the Big Fight. In England, we must all challenge the irresponsible behaviour of our governments who are trying to force fracking upon us with no consideration of alternatives. The public must be informed. One thing is sure: At this point in time we must think before we rush into further action to fracture our Earth," Vivienne Westwood said in a statement.
The collections theme coincides with recent protests in the UK, as citizens have taken to the streets in recent months to prevent fracking for shale gas and the extraction of coal bed methane, which experts say could lead to air and water contamination.
On the Milan catwalk, modems all donned thickly sprayed and matte colored cartoonish hair styles reminiscent of heroes in comic magazines.
The track suit figured prominently - wild gold warm ups and neoprene jumpsuits were a high point of the collection. Knickerbockers and deconstructed patterned pants and casual suits provided a reprieve from the serious crusader theme.
Footwear also played a major role. Multicolored wingtips, tribal print oxfords, animal print loafers and suede high top booties made for an impressive array.
Things got a little crazy when a kitten-t-shirt and pink and grey striped sweater pants made their way down the runway.
True to Westwood's style, there certainly was no lack of surprises.