Vivienne Westwood Red Label Lights Up LFW
We could dwell on the low lows of NYFW and declare the fashion industry dead and ask who would dream of making available such uninspired wearables! But let’s not. Let’s instead turn our boozy gaze towards Vivienne Westwood and her Red Label collection, which was on display at the Red Bull Fashion Factory. Such campy glitterati as Boy George, ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, and two of five members of Girls Aloud already have. But maybe you’re not the type to buy into celebrity endorsements. Fair enough.
LFW Fashion Director Hilary Alexander has a pretty thorough recap for The Telegraph. It’s replete with a mention of how “a giant, papier-mache frog greeted guests and an ancient, gnarled trunk, entwined with foliage, created a kind of Amazonian entranceway.”
But that jungle theme was Westwood’s way of pledging support to Prince Charles’ Rainforest Project. Westwood, who also likes to spend free time reading books with Pam Anderson, was in exceptionally top form. Alexander prefaces, “In one of her freshest and prettiest Red Label collections, Westwood focused on English heritage. She had envisaged a boat-trip down the Thames from Westminster Pier to Hampton Court.” Then she gushes:
Blue and white striped or grey and white spotted tea-dresses were worn with floppy sun-hats; red and white gingham and argyle all made an appearance; and floral ‘prom frocks’ came with little white cardigans tossed over the shoulders – so debutante!
And while the WSJ offers a sharper criticism of Westwood’s collection, it offers similarly glowing praise nonetheless.
There was also additional celebrity cachet on the catwalk, with Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe among the models’ ranks. But such abstractions probably aren’t as poignant as first-person Twitter hysterics. Or footage lifted from the runway show itself, below.