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Vivienne Westwood: Still England’s Fashion Queen

Godfrey Deeny
September 21st, 2009 @ 00:04 AM - London

A trip to London may not be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace - or a runway show featuring Vivienne Westwood, the reigning queen of British fashion.

Westwood’s latest runway romp on Sunday, Sept. 20, was a great celebration of Anglo fashion as this season celebrates the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week. Though the actual collection did not break that much new ground, it was a high-energy bravura display, enlivened by a regiment of paparazzi, scrambling like linebackers to get shots of the local celebrities. Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell comfortably defeated former pop star Boy George, dressed in a massive pink trilby, in terms of flashes.

The spring 2010 Red Label collection was an ode to an English springtime, models in striped or windowpane check dresses recalling that ode to stiff upper lip angst, “The Hours.” Yet where that movie was downbeat, Westwood’s show was celebratory, especially when Sir Bob Geldof’s daughter Pixie hit the catwalk of the New Oxford Street show-space and the crowd yelled and whooped.

But the runway photographers went into overdrive when Canadian model Coco Rocha had a sultry moment in vampish cutaway skirt and jacquard courtier’s jacket.

Westwood likes her women edgy, so one strolled down the catwalks smoking a rolled cigarette, another appeared with a small puppy – clearly loving his moment of fame – tucked inside a sort of kangaroo pouch built into beige worker’s pants.

Many gals appeared with bizarre straw horns on their heads, others looking great in the plastic Geisha girl block sandals with miniature plastic wings. Red Label also had some tremendous cricket strip jackets cut to accentuate the bosom and nipped at the sides, or French Revolutionary pantaloons with billowing sides.

Westwood is an intense believer in political causes – she’s Europe’s greatest supporter of the jailed Native American Indian dissident Leonard Peltier. This season, cards on everyone’s seat encouraged each of us fight against deforestation, and the backdrop of her runway entrance was a gnarled wooden arch.

London Fashion week might be celebrating its quarter century, but Westwood, 68 this spring, opened her first shop 38 years ago and has built a fashion empire on her own terms without sacrificing any of her very firmly held beliefs. She’s this country’s true monarch style.

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