Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS14

A ritualistic performance by Lily Cole gives way to a show of models painted like artworks

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Photography by Lea Colombo

Initial Reaction:

The dance of death resurrected.

Viral moment:

Lily Cole opening the show with a strange ritualistic performance piece, witnessed by Vivienne Westwood herself who was rather unexpectedly sat in the front row and not backstage.

Overheard:

“Is this a scene from Excalibur?”

Stand out looks:

CLIMATE print t-shirts, floral sequined dresses and large silk appliqué reminiscent of a Georgia O’Keefe painting.

Unexpected details:

Scarves knotted at the knees of ornately patterned jumpsuits and the narrow straps of gladiator wedges left long to whip back and forth as the model walked.

Accessories:

Climate Revolution trucker hats, a tangle of pendants, and classic, chain-strapped handbags.

Unconventional make up:

Val garland transformed the girls into walking art works: using a feather she covered some with intricate black ink illustrations, whilst others were smeared in black, blue and red paint.

Double take:

A triptych of black in the form of jacket and shirt, jumpsuit and satin pyjamas were a sombre note amongst the expected gregariousness.

Left on our seats:

Empty ‘THIS IS MY VOICE’ postcards to fill out and send to the Secretary-General in aid of supporting climate refugees.

Political Message:

“I believe it’s essential we bring economic and ecological intentions into alignment and establish more cooperative systems to protect our planet and its people. I do believe this is possible.” – Lily Cole.

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