Vivienne Westwood titled her fall 2011 collection for her Gold label, “World Wide Woman.” “Fashion is global, influence comes from everywhere in the world,” read the line sheet. “You can wear anything in our part of the world. Anything goes.” And when Vivienne Westwood says “anything goes,” she means it.
Models walked down a glittering gold runway in boots covered in gold paillettes so that their feet nearly blended into the catwalk. Drawing your eye up from the pretty glitter of the runway came as a bit of a bit of a shock: models’ faces were painted white and smudged messily and heavily with black over their eyes, noses and mouths like they were extras at Marilyn Manson’s “Dope Show.”
In between the creepy face paint and glittering gold heels truly “anything” and everything went–slouchy newsboy menswear, tailored suiting with ruffle-front blouses, the smallest hot pants I have ever seen over spandex, ballgown skirts over sweater tops, and finally, Westwood’s trademark drama-rich silk and tulle full-skirted ballgowns. As if that weren’t enough, a model dressed as a bride (with blackened eyes and ample cleavage) closed the show amidst a steady stream of gold confetti, tossing her bouquet to a lucky gentleman in the front row. A fitting end to a dazzling spectacle of a show.
With Kanye West sitting front row, we couldn’t help but think “Gold Digger” should have been the soundtrack.
**All images: Imaxtree.