Long Live the Queen, Vivienne Westwood

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The crowning glory of British fashion design came via eccentric high priestess, Vivienne Westwood’s Gold Label collection, who showcased her wares at the regal residence of the British Ambassador. Signature bustiers and basques, corsets and ball dresses laid the foundations for the designer’s Paris show but in a global presentation of her celebration of all things British, this capsule was tapping into the growing appreciation for a new kind of British royal, courtesy of Prince Harry’s Vegas frolicking and the revolutionary affection and partnership between Will and Kate. Silky blue tunic dresses crowned with elaborate tiaras and chandelier earrings flew the flag for Royal Britannia cool, while powder puff hairstyles circa Marie Antoinette lavished monarchical glamour on jewel adorned ballgowns and bar-wench era pencil variations. Tapestried fabrics offered a worn-in, frayed appeal to colourful jackets, while bunny suits went disco glam in shimmering metallics. Then those blooming shoulders arched from draped and folded jackets, some striped, some embellished with jewels and butterflies and others neat and white.

A gown comprised of metallic scarlet duchess satin had a touch of the Helena Bonham-Carter’s about it, complete with chaotic ebony barnet, followed by gothic-inspired coat trailing out behind colourful printed satin separates. It got a bit Queen of Hearts at certain points, faces painted with heart shapes, fancy dress costumes bedecked with butterflies, bows and blooms and a dress made entirely of silver leaf; it was theatrical and quirky, everything we’ve come to expect from Westwood’s sartorial vision. Little Red Riding Hood swept out in beguiling fashion and Westwood popped in her climate revolution message by way of a graphic slogan tee. The designer ended her catwalk on a bridal note with white satin, bejewelled crown and a colourful floral bouquet.

Catwalk images: copyright vogue.co.uk

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