Vivienne Westwood is the world’s most socially conscious designer, with a different cause taken up every season and broadcast via her eccentric and dizzying collections. For Spring/Summer 2015, her “End Ecocide” presentation focused on preserving nature in fashion form with looks that ran the gamut from the Garden of Eden to hard-bitten street environs.
Eve emerges in a nude bikini stamped with an appropriately placed fig leaf, while other looks collaged together influence from the 18th century and the modern day. Look 38 contains the juxtaposition: the top half is scrawled with graffiti and the bottom is made from baroque prints overlapped with brocade embroidery. From centuries past, Westwood also reinvents frock coats, peasant dresses and operatic crinoline gowns with fitted bodices and jutting hips. The present had its heyday on softly printed pant suits, anorak/dress hybrids and sheer, clinging frocks etched with vine embroidery. Westwood’s line-up features 60 looks, some of which are head-scratching collaborations between volume, print, and embroidery. Although her work couches modernity in the language of the past, there is an overall feeling that the designer is reaching for something very youthful and contemporary.
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