Teeny metallic one-piece jumpsuits, voluminous crepe-and-satin ball gowns, bust-boosting sleek corsets, ochre peasant dresses, tapestry prints, and punchy jackets with giant fold-over shoulders populated the Westwood runway. Her palette was all over the place, from brilliant jewel tones to washed-out neutrals. It was unmistakably glamorous. To glamourize nature in need of mend, however, is not to fetishize it. Westwood is nothing if not a thinking designer, and her up-cycling attitude draws attention to an arena of life on Planet Earth not often touched upon by the industry – not at this level, anyway. Blending the message with a touch of French Revolution dereliction throws the message into even sharper relief. If something’s not done, heads will roll, she seems to suggest.
written by GRACE GORDON|photos: courtesy of GoRUNWAY
-September 30, 2012
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