Paris Fashion Week A/W 2008-9: Vivienne Westwood
Trust Vivienne Westwood to venture outside the box once more for her Paris A/W 2008 show. While she used the London catwalk as a vehicle for protesting about justice and civil rights, in Paris it was all about ecological issues.
Entitled 'Chaos Point', her collection featured insects and plants diligently painted by 7-year-old primary schoolchildren. Her statement about global warming and material excess seem addressed through an abundance of fabric, tucked and draped over brightly face-painted models.
Personally, I always look forward to Vivienne Westwood's shows: her kind of crazy visual assaults are unparalleled on the catwalk. Westwood's trademark irreverance stems back from her 70's punk era, and her collection clearly conveyed a kind of anarchy, albeit now of a more luxurious variety. Slashes and swirls of neon hues permeated the monochrome, and the designs seemingly became increasingly colourful and outlandish as the show progressed. Her signature asymmetric hems met shimmering fabrics, grandiose faux-fur and enormous tartan tents, printed with organic graffiti doodles.
On their feet, it was all about jewel shades and square toes. That is, when they weren't on stilts! A new trend? Mehopes not...