Vivienne Westwood presented her autumn collection at London Fashion Week and did not miss the opportunity to infuse her work with a new social/cultural battle. This season was the turn of Julian Assange, editor of WikiLeaks and highly debated figure today, because of reasons we don’t want to discuss here now.
What matters here, after all, is the collection itself and what Westwood teaches us every new season. Fashion is a very powerful medium, able to reach (almost) the whole population – whether you want it or not. Its potential should not be underestimated, let alone wasted.
The looks are funny and chaotic. Prints, bodices, dizzying platforms and fishnet thighs (single-leg ones, wow). It is difficult to define a limit between what is appropriate and what is not – it is a collection made of lights and shadows, as much as the topic it was inspired from.
There are both office’s suitable pieces, such as checked trousers, matching blazers and shirts (all rigorously with pointed and extra long collar), as well as there are also many streetwear looks. Tracksuits and sneakers, but also colour block jumpsuits. Male and female are two terms almost impossible to use when talking about this collection – and Vivienne Westwood’s production in general.
Words by Giulia Greco