Using the runway as her stage, Vivienne Westwood's Spring/Summer 16 show for her Red Label diffusion line came coincidentally one week after the designer drove a tank to British Prime Minister David Cameron's country home to protest against drilling for oil and gas, meaning a time to speak out was just around the corner. Starting off the London Fashion Week show with a tableau of stylishly dressed protestors carrying signs that read "Austerity is a Crime" and "Fracking is a Crime", Westwood made her statement loud and clear.
The collection itself featured signature styles from the designer with draped and corseted dresses standing out against mannish tailoring and classic tartan. With an overall look that suggested influence from eras past, the collection colour palette felt faded rather than saturated and new. Retro knee-length tea and smock dresses appeared to be covered in Marimekko-esque faded prints. The range was wide featuring what felt like very conservative loose-fitting frocks, to body-skimming silhouettes that were accented by body harnesses and choker collars.
When asked about the collection, Westwood noted after the show that her clothes are a "different matter" from her politics. "I really don't like to talk about fashion too much, it gets too pretentious and precious," she said.
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