LONDON FASHION WEEK: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
can you feel the love tonight?
Right before the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show, an American journalist held up her front-row goody bag. She turned to her colleague - the kooky but venerable fashion journalist Lynn Yaeger - and asked, “Oh, do you think they gave us perfume?” Yaeger began to laugh. “Fat chance, dear,” she snapped. “Viv didn’t give you makeup - she gave you her manifesto!” This year, that initiative includes creating ethical fashion pieces in Africa, saving the rainforest, and protecting international human rights. Meanwhile, the runway decrees something slightly different: Metallic tops with nipped waists, demure clutches spattered with constellations or studded and quilted leather, and a plume pattern that looked particularly great in beige. There were also wool gloves stitched with the phrase “Do It Yourself,” which seemed like a pretty manageable challenge for the throngs of young and really excited women in the audience. The hair was an updo tornado that recalled both Amy Winehouse and Marie Antoinette via Kirsten Dunst, and the soundtrack was ’80s party metal, which paired neatly with Pamela Anderson’s Hollywood smile in the front row. Of course, to us, the biggest celebrity wasn’t the Baywatch siren, but the model and musician Irina Lazareanu, who emerged in a nifty wool blazer and skinny tie alongside Charlotte Free and Iekeleine Stange on the catwalk. She looked so damn cool, she made it really hard to focus on the rainforest and the ethical fashion and... wait, what else were we supposed to remember?