All hail Viv’s barmy army for they are veritable Boudica's in pinstripe and taffeta! For the Gold Label pret-a-porter show, models wore army helmets, feathered safari hats and one walked reading, we suspect, Vivienne Westwood’s manifesto. Emerging from all of this was the Westwood goddess. Her spirit, fearless and sexy, buxom and blithe walked on gold glittering heels along the shimmering runway. Her dresses and pinstripe suits referenced the spirit of all the opulent eighteenth century paintings so beloved by the British designer. Talking about her muse, the ‘world wide woman’, Westwood said, “the braver she is, the easier and more beautiful is the woman who makes the dress her own.”
Classic Westwood tailoring, ruffles and ruching were paired with logo’d knitted socks and brocade boots. Across the shoulders of one model was a towel with ‘Kings Road, London’ emblazoned across it. One jumper said 'Trees Save Lives'. The tiniest of belt-like hotpants were placed over denier tights and canvas bags were made by the Ethical Fashion Project of the UN. When the closing wedding dress stepped onto the runway, a huge explosion was heard and gold ticker tape showered the huge venue, the classical music reaching crescendo. Luminaries from London's night-life scene in the audience, 80s club promoter Philip Salon and singer Boy George, were delighted.
Passionate about climate change and politics, Westwood chose to celebrate Woman Power on the catwalk, the kind that nurtures and nourishes society. Women are the ‘guardians of culture’ fired by ‘imagination and vision’, she wrote in her show-notes. Well, it is often said, “if women ruled the world….”
Soundtrack provided by DJ Jerry Bouthier and Andrea Gorgerino