In the loud battle for sustainability, inclusivity and fair fashion, Vivienne Westwood has been a pioneer – and she still is. She preempted every trends about to come, not only eco-fashion but also the socially and politically engaged fashion. Many young designers, especially seen during the latest New York fashion week, are going towards a highly politicized fashion, which is good. This season, Westwood has not done it directly, meaning she has not added any political statements in the garments. She simply added a 2 minutes video, filmed outside the Old Bailey in London during demonstrations in favor of Julian Assange, Wikileaks’ founder now risking extradition. Westwood never misses a chance to reinforce her revolutionary flame.
Coming back to clothes. The lookbook is an ongoing show of over-the-top looks, where masculine and feminine mix together until they eventually lose any definition, as much as daily wear and night wear do. Westwood herself suggests to match everything freely: go to the office in a night attire and wear a pair of shorts with an oversized blazer coming from the wardrobe a 80s advocate for a party. Unique outfits, fitting every occasion all year long. That’s right: according to the complete absence of borders and rules, Vivienne Westwood shares her idea – sustainable, simple and absolutely reasonable – of making a single collection a year.
Prints come from Chrissie Hynde’s work, while tromp l’oil lace has been made by Anthony Newton. Westwood paid the collaboration with a donation to Hynde’s charity. Finally, if you are looking for a guiding spirit to burst the bank, here you have Westwood (annual?) inspiration.
Cover image courtesy: Vivienne Westwood