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Show report: Vivienne Westwood Red Label spring/summer 2013


by Verity Hogan


Outside Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show, signs of subversion were already apparent; Westwood-designed Julian Assange T-shirts were the favoured uniform of attendees taking their seats in her Foreign Office show space. However, once the show got under way, the collection could be described as conservative. Westwood’s usual characters – the wayward pirate, the louche bohemian – were replaced by the ladylike Sloane Ranger in her tea dress and pearls. Prettily patterned dresses were teamed with pristine white gloves and sensible court shoes, while straw boaters accompanied crisp white shirts and co-ordinating capri pants. Later looks saw a sense of rebellion creep in, with embellished playsuits derived from 50s swimsuits and pearl beads flung carelessly over the shoulder of dramatic black gowns. Make up and hair was equally avant-garde but overall this was a far more traditional collection than those we have seen from Westwood in recent years – arguably a more grown-up form of rebellion for the former poster girl of punk.

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