Vivienne Westwood Red Label Womenswear A/W10

Tartan was reworked with a palette of fuschias and violets

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One of the most anticipated shows of a calm day at LFW and it did not disappoint. The church-like hall in the Royal Courts of Justice somehow seemed appropriate for the Britain’s first lady of punk. Westwood’s trademark tartan separates and structured power suits prevailed, this time, in a new colour palette of fuchsia, violet and navy.

There is the odd subtle paisley print but more surprisingly, draped dresses covered in multicolour sequins stood out amongst the plaid. The occasional ‘Loyalty 2 Gaia’ (Gaia being a theory by James Lovelock, claiming there will only be one billion people left on earth by the end of the century due to climate change) t-shirt was Westwood’s way of projecting environmental messages across to the fashion pack and time will tell whether it eventually works.

The grand finale caused the entire crowd to stand up clapping as Westwood, sporting a t-shirt emblazoned with ‘vital statistics’, paraded ecstatically down the runway with her tartan-clad entourage. Once again, she shows why she continues to ‘stack’ up well.

Photography by Saga Sigurdardottir

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