Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2013: Always Subversive

A model opened the Vivienne Westwood Fall 2013 show wearing a grey and burgundy striped belted coat--with opaque white face makeup and cartoonish black eyebrows. It set the tone for the show, which put a slightly demented twist on the classic English lady's style.
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A model opened the Vivienne Westwood Fall 2013 show wearing a grey and burgundy striped belted coat--with opaque white face makeup and cartoonish black eyebrows. It set the tone for the show, which put a slightly demented twist on the classic English lady's style.
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A model opened the Vivienne Westwood Fall 2013 show wearing a grey and burgundy striped belted coat--with opaque white face makeup and cartoonish black eyebrows. It set the tone for the show, which put a slightly demented twist on the classic English lady's style.

Actually, the clothes were quite wearable and versatile--but the clownish makeup, which was different for every model, added plenty of theatrical flourish. Some models' makeup was asymmetrical, with only half of a lip painted or one eyebrow drawn on--which only made them look more unhinged.

But onto the clothes: Westwood's outerwear, in stripes, subtle tiger print, and later, a shiny black fabric, are some of the most figure-flattering coats I've seen so far this season. Blazers, too, in navy, grey, and plaid, perfectly accentuated the waist. And, of course, no one knows how to cut a dress to flatter like Westwood: Each design is folded and draped to subtly shape the body.

As with the past few seasons, Westwood's show notes also contained a Climate Revolution Charter. Some samples: "Get off the consumer treadmill, don't suck up;" "Buy less, choose well, make it last (we don't want the 'latest thing' just for the sake of it)."

Certainly Westwood's Fall 2013 followed those stipulations: It didn't suck up (no street style bait here) and it wasn't the 'latest thing'. It was simply well-made clothes, created to flatter.

Photos: IMAXtree