Vivienne Westwood Womenswear A/W11

The Royal Courts of Justice sees Westwood's regal checks, tartans and fleur-de-lis against winter knits and leather pieces

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Shown in the beautifully grand, if slightly overbearing (the entrance process included a full body scan and X-ray of all bags and coats akin to airport security) Royal Court of Justice just minutes from London Fashion Week's home, Somerset House, Vivienne Westwood introduced her Autumn Winter Red Label collection. A twisted take on the Royal family and its adornments and iconography was the order of the day, with checks, tartans, blue and gold fleur-de-lis, headscarves reminiscent of those worn by Elizabeth III and various forms of crown.

The collection saw the regal headpiece emblazoned across knits and dresses, patterned on an all over print short trouser suit and even woven into the models hair. Traditional British values were updated with the long-standing designers signature punk edge, through bold and juxtaposed pattern and colour. Going against the grain of the season, shorts featured heavily in suit form, as well as high cut men's boxer-like pants. Over sized leather jackets and loose knit jerseys were also key, accompanied simply with knee high socks or full length tights.

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