Sunday afternoon saw a somewhat bleary-eyed fashion crowd pull their act together and head to the Royal Courts of Justice for Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label AW11 collection preview. The location was perfect for Westwood – beautiful, conservative and grand, providing the perfect backdrop for her rebellious designs.
Part of Westwood’s appeal is her ability to consistently break the rules and always get it so perfectly right. A true talent! Openly admitting that she doesn’t read fashion magazines or follow trends she has this magical ability to create ingenious designs, that as well as being perfectly on trend, always have a deeper underlying message, aimed at educating the fashion world.
This season saw a London inspired collections, in particular ‘the Londoner life’. With plenty of tartan and wool and asymmetric pieces there was a very British, punky feel. Looks were layered to perfection and teamed with huge, messy hair and crazy, smudged, almost clown-like make up. Taking additional inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ there was a real sense of the surreal and eclecticism thanks to Westwood’s use of velvet, cotton and wool.
Key trends to come out of the collection were heritage (a huge trend for AW11 it seems), statement outerwear and clashing prints. Colours were splashed throughout the collection but red definitely stole the show.
Once again, the fashion icon has delivered a unique and coveted collection for AW11.