Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2012: Quiet British Rebellion

There was a bottleneck situation getting into the Vivienne Westwood show this morning, but we didn't mind standing outside for a bit because her shows really draw the street style, in the form of weird hats, lots of piercing, and a throwback punk or two. Westwood is beloved in London, and not just by the fashion crowd. No less than three cab drivers asked me excitedly if I had seen "Dame Vivienne's" show yet. Well, today I did, and her collection was a bit quieter than usual.
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There was a bottleneck situation getting into the Vivienne Westwood show this morning, but we didn't mind standing outside for a bit because her shows really draw the street style, in the form of weird hats, lots of piercing, and a throwback punk or two. Westwood is beloved in London, and not just by the fashion crowd. No less than three cab drivers asked me excitedly if I had seen "Dame Vivienne's" show yet. Well, today I did, and her collection was a bit quieter than usual.
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LONDON-There was a bottleneck situation getting into the Vivienne Westwood show this morning, but we didn't mind standing outside for a bit because her shows really draw the street style, in the form of weird hats, lots of piercing, and a throwback punk or two. Westwood is beloved in London, and not just by the fashion crowd. No less than three cab drivers asked me excitedly if I had seen "Dame Vivienne's" show yet.

Well, today I did, and her collection was a bit quieter than usual. The front row was missing Pam Anderson this season, and Janice Dickinson and Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes were randomly there. The models' hair and makeup were messy but not outlandish, unless you count the faux neck tattoos, but it wouldn't be a Westwood show without a bit of an eff-you statement, I guess. This was all a back drop for clothes that were a bit more refined, more sophisticated.

Westwood's usual motifs were there, like plaids and tartans, but in a more muted palette of grey and light blue. There are always a few elements in a Westwood collection that pop out, and this season it was a bright yellow striped rugby top and a few dresses in an Easter egg purple color. On her show notes, the designer cited a British perspective for the collection, with a "cosmopolitan" London feel, Savile Row tailoring, and tons of wool. Toss in a bit of ikat and muted prints, and you've got yourself a collection.

One gets the sense that maybe Vivienne Westwood is slowly but surely acknowledging a changing of the guard in British fashion; we salute her.

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