The oversized jackets with huge power arms are a direct throwback to the Vivienne Westwood of the 90’s.
October 27, 2015
By Marius Brianski
Photos Courtesy of Vivienne Westwood
Paris, France – When you think about Venice you think of the romantic beauty of the city. This is where top fashion designer Vivienne Westwood got inspired by the enchanting place but in her own way. Here she explores topics like climate change and the slow destruction of its one of a kind architecture.
The carnival and harlequins are visible in the whole collection, not losing the punky fighting spirit. One can find spectacular gowns looking like decaying opera costumes. Much of deconstruction, asymmetry, tucking in and miss matched, surprising sets are present to create the signature rebellious character of the brand. The collection shows the best craftsmanship with the multiple almost couture pieces.
We can find beautifully embroidered gowns, statuesque draping on dresses, gilded brocades, deconstructed jackets, pleated pants, stripped shirts, baroque prints and golden lozenge patterns. Some of the jackets are oversized with huge power arms. This is a direct throwback to the Westwood 90’s. She mixes the richness and the decadence of it all with shredded, trashy plainness. All is equal. The same is for gender. everything is fluid with male models presenting the gender bending trend. It all looks like a caricature of a carnival, with some puffy pieces remind clown costumes.
The color palette is broad with much black, ivory, gold, pale pink, blue, orange, army green, grey and mustard. The accessories are Venice’s inspired with kick-ass long boots, sandals, rock chick booties, stylish bags and disguising the face mask inspired hats.
After seeing Westwood work one is left to ponder about themes of equality and how much the historical monuments are valuable to cultivate regional cultures.