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Vivienne Westwood Menswear S/S11

Dame Westwood rolled out a colourful and optimistic show in Milan, but simultaneously warned about the dangers of climate change and war

You can always rely on Vivienne Westwood to liven up proceedings, and her SS ’11 show was no exception. Happy, smiling and energetic models almost jitterbugged down the catwalk. The clothes were in an equally good mood. Pleasant colours, like peach, light blue and purple, dominated but gold lurex and shiny black kept the magic alive.

All models wore wigs for some reason. Clashing patterns – like stripes and checks – were all over the catwalk, sometimes only kept in place by preppy inspired school blazers. Also the Anglomania – Lee denim collaboration brought on a more ‘everyday look’, but the strongest pieces in the ‘Get a Life’ collection was splashed multi coloured denim waist coats that lit up show. The show climaxed when one of the models travelled down the catwalk on a skateboard. Only at Vivienne Westwood…

Dazed Digital: How would you describe the collection?
Vivienne Westwood: There’s lots of broken up stuff, lots and lots o glowing colour and flashing things. Lots of checks and stripes. Cut up graphics and chopped up patterns.

DD: What was the thought behind ‘Get a Life’?
Vivienne Westwood: Somehow it’s very global, it’s got a global feeling to it. It’s like if the world was a smashed glass, full of broken bits…

DD: The models were quite quick and chirpy, weren’t they?
Vivienne Westwood: It was very high energy. I told them to go fast and don’t think about it, and that’s what they did.