Vivienne Westwood Red Label Womenswear S/S12

The iconic Brit designer offered up a neon coloured, pixie inspired collection with bold 80s influences

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With a front row that included Pamela Anderson, Paloma Faith, Tracey Emin, Christine Bleakly, Kelis and even Frank Lampard, once again Dame Viv proved she can pull in whoever she wants to her shows through her long standing heritage in the industry. A solid soundtrack echoed through the cavernous Old Smithfields Market, getting Kelis' head nodding as Westwood's girls started to walk. Neon coloured and pixie inspired was seemingly the thread that ran through the show, with hair rough and ready, standing almost on end in some occasions and make-up done in bold bright shades and, as ever, lots of it. As the show opened the colours were softer pastels, as we have seen in lots of the collections so far this season, with loose and draped thigh high dresses, off the shoulder chiffon blouses and scoop neck and loose wrap elements seen across a lot of the garments. As the show progressed there was a definite school uniform influence, in the tailored blazer and short dress combinations. Then in came a diagonal stripe print two-piece suit and a belted shirt dress. Colours became stronger with bold tropical hues seen in an abstracted floral print, which appeared on a number of pieces. The previous muted pastels were shot through with a rich marine blue which appeared as a shock against the softer palette. On into evening wear Westwood style and a stunning, truly 80s inspired, mirrorball fabric evening dress added a large amount of glam and a turquoise and rich blue sequin dress again cemented a party atmosphere. Big oversized prints also featured, with feather motifs in a striking orange popping up towards the close, getting the audience ready for what seemed to be Viv's final thought, a brash and standout ball gown, again in that rich striking orange. 

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