London Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood Red Label spring/summer 2011
After a hectic scramble for a seat at the Red Label show, Westwood showed a great parade of must-have summer dresses, says Hilary Alexander.
"Get a room," I wanted to tell Vivienne Westwood. Or, certainly, a bigger room. The crush at her Red Label collection showing at The New Connaught Room yesterday was a hectic and unnecessary pandemonium, caused by an oversubscribed audience and a teensy, barely one-foot space between the front row and the three foot-high catwalk, jammed with photographers and film crews trying to get shots of Pamela Anderson and Tracey Emin and Dr Who, Matt Smith, who was there to cheer on his girlfriend, Daisy Lowe.
A couple of the guys from JLS only just made it to their seats before the lights went down. It was a landmark Red Label collection from the dotty dowager of fashion, however. Multiple variations on the trouser-suit, and shorts-suit, in stripes and checks, with the bottom-halves low-slung to deliberately expose floral button boxer-shorts beneath.
Westwood also showed a great parade of must-have summer dresses, loose-cut, blouson-style, and shirt-waist, generally worn with mismatched, patent lace-ups. Low-cut cleavage slinks, with a bra built-in, echoed her famous corseted silhouette.
Dame Vivienne, typically, took to the catwalk for the finale, with all her models, singing along lustily to Elvis's cover version of "You'll Never Walk Alone."