Lasers, a Bike on the Runway, and Introducing the 'Cardi-Legging' at Vivienne Westood Fall 2012

A random bike on the runway? Ridden (or pushed, is more accurate) by a model wearing six inch platforms? Why not? And don't forget to throw in some
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A random bike on the runway? Ridden (or pushed, is more accurate) by a model wearing six inch platforms? Why not? And don't forget to throw in some
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A random bike on the runway? Ridden (or pushed, is more accurate) by a model wearing six inch platforms? Why not? And don't forget to throw in some lasers, this is a Vivienne Westwood show.

Dame Vivienne did it up yesterday. Lasers shot through the venue, a spare open space at the Cite de la Mode et du Design--a modern setting (rare in Paris when most venues are gold-leafed and Baroque), all the better to showcase the clothes, which used the 17th century as reference point. A very vague reference point though. Because after the first few looks--long dress coats with full skirts and structured corseted collared tops--anything goes.

The highlights: - Look 31. It was a look I looked at again and again. Was it a cardigan? Was it a romper? Was it leggings? Is it possible it was all those things? Yes! I think so! A "cardi-leg" Britt coined it. And so it was.

- The fashion bike. Just one model, sitting on a bike, not riding it, just nudging it along with her giant platforms. Fashion folks like to talk about "moments" a lot, but this was a good one.

- The one legged leotard. More '70s/'80s than seventeenth century but who cares. It sparkled.

- Fashion isn't always frivolous. Another thing to love about Vivienne Westwood, aside from the party she always sends down the runway, is that she's got a message. The environment is her cause, and at yesterday's show she implored her city, London, to turn off the lights in empty buildings at night to "help stop climate change, especially by conveying the message that we must change our habits to save our planet." It's a message every big city might do well to heed.

Photos: Imaxtree