First Look: Vivienne Westwood

Westwood held her show in the Carousel du Louvre, which meant everyone had to fight through tourist throngs to get there. It was pretty amusing seein
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Westwood held her show in the Carousel du Louvre, which meant everyone had to fight through tourist throngs to get there. It was pretty amusing seeing Bill Cunningham and Hilary Alexander dodge the crowds, but even funnier to watch a group of American high school boys - hoodied, hip-hopped, and totally bored - wonder if it really was Kanye West who just walked through them. They were right. The show itself was long - long dresses, long runway, and a really long lineup. Vivienne chose some Colonial silhouettes with rump-bottom gowns and inflatable gray jodhpurs; there were several girls who came out in embroidered sheets that unraveled, cape-like, in front of the photo pit. Plus: one pair of light pink PVC leggings, layered. Before the show, we spoke with Hamish Bowles, who told us that "Vivienne's clothes couldn't have the same impact now as they did in the early '70s, because the time period is so different, and the social norms are so different. Nothing can be shocking now the way her clothes once were... Vivienne Westwood is irreplaceable." Her runway walk and bow proved it - it was hilarious, and commanding.