The Queen of Kings Road comes home and compels us to join her Revolution
Instead of collection notes, Vivienne Westwood Man, shown in Milan last month, gave out a Climate Revolution Charter. When a designer is captaining both men's and women's collections, sometimes there is a correlation between them. Trust Dame Vivienne to go one further and re-publish that document for her Red Label show, at Chelsea's Saatchi Gallery. Following her lead, we've showcased an edited version below too.
The collection was a mash-up of colour, pattern and that unmistakable Westwood silhouette, with what felt like a nod to our common location in places. Looks 16 and 23, were very South-West 3, right down to a collier necklace and cardi plus the cheeky styling trick of a man's trophy watch over a glove.
It's Westwood that brought us back to the area where London Fashion Week was centred until just a few years ago. This designer was made in Chelsea, through Let It Rock, Sex, Seditionaries and World's End, which remains a defiant pilgrimage spot at the other end of London's favourite Lamborghini cruising strip. How to celebrate such homecoming? By wearing a t-shirt featuring a portrait of yourself on it for the finale, which is exactly what Westwood did.
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD'S CLIMATE REVOLUTION CHARTER:
"The fact of man-made climate change is accepted by most people," says Westwood. "Through every walk of life people are changing their values and their behaviour. This continues to build the Revolution. The fight is no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco conscious."
HOW TO JOIN THE REVOLUTION
1) Money is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
2) Quality v Quantity.
3) Buy less, choose well, make it last (we don't want the "latest thing" just for the sake of it). "I never waste money, I spend it" – Oscar Wilde. Maybe you'll give a donation to an NGO or charity.
4) Prepare and cook your own food.
5) Cut out plastic when possible, for instance making a plastic bottle consumes 50 times the amount of water than it contains.
6) Inform yourselves.
7) NGO's: there are thousands, follow one in particular and give your support. You will learn a lot.
8) Consider the responsibility of not having or having children.
9) Take an active part in the Revolution as it starts to build.
10) Engage in art and culture (get off the consumer treadmill; discriminate, don't suck up).
Visit Westwood's revolution blog, 'Get a Life'.
Soundtrack: Jerry Bouthier
Hair: Mark Hampton
Makeup: Val Garland
Models pictured: Charlotte Tomaszewska (@CharTomaszewska), Simone Carvalho (@CarvalhoSimone), Liu Wen(@LiuWenLW), Hannah Davis (@hanni_davis), Shelby Coleman (@ShelbsColeman), and Sung Hee Kim (@kimssung2), Margot Milani (@MargotMilani) & Eliza Cummings (@elizacummings91)
For more from Jerry Bouthier, visit his label Continental Records