Saturday, October 1, 2011
PFW Spring/Summer 2012: Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood's Spring inspirations ran from saving the planet to historical corsets. In other words, just about exactly where Dame Viv's head is these days: a little in the past, a little in the future, a little in the clouds.
As the models walked the runway-in-the-round at their dreamy, vamping pace to Nash-Baker's tinkly strains, Westwood's ideas about a green economy crystallized without explanation into beautiful sense. These high-romance looks seemed cobbled together from leftovers and detritus, both the exquisite (satin, lamé, sequins, lace) and the ordinary (nylon, webby fishnet knits). Even the clownish makeup and bright, holey socks worn with Sex-style platforms—the designer's in-house recycling—had a certain proud refinement.