Vivienne Westwood’s Autumn/Winter 11 red Label collection was based on the idea of royal family.
The British designer presented the new collection at London Fashion Week yesterday, at the Royal Courts of Justice. Models sported crowns constructed from felt, or sometimes their own hair, with Vivienne happy to discuss her inspiration at the event.
She is renowned for her love of the environment, and also took the opportunity to praise Britain’s Prince Charles, who shares some of her beliefs.
“[It’s based on] the idea of the Royal Family, but somehow, all seen in this very Alice in Wonderland way,” she explained. “I do really feel that wool and cotton, natural fibres, are the luxury of the future, and they're basic commodities rather than something that's been made out of petrol or anything.”
Wool was one of the key fabrics of the collection, featuring in tartan prints and covering models’ shoulders in capes and small cardigans. Bowler hats gave the line a funky vibe, while demure headscarves seemed to be another nod to the famous British family.
Daisy Lowe, Jacquetta Wheeler and Alex Wek were among the models to walk in the show, most of whom had messy hair and make-up splashed across their faces.
Tailoring also featured, as did the dresses with mismatched seams which Vivienne is so famous for. The collection went down a storm with the audience, show including Girls Aloud stars Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding – who has dyed her hair brown – Boris Becker, Tracey Emin and Boy George.
All the talk of the royal family meant the impending marriage between Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton was of course raised. The couple will wed on April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London, and speculation is rife about who will design her dress for the big day. Vivienne insists it would be an honour to be involved, but has ruled herself out because Kate isn’t fashion forward enough for her.
“I would have loved to have dressed Kate Middleton but I have to wait until she kind of catches up a bit somewhere with style,” she said. “Sorry. I'm not going to say any more, that's it. When people ask me where she's going to get the dress from - she's definitely not going to get it from me, or I would have heard.”
Temperley London also gave a presentation yesterday, having decided to show in London rather than New York to celebrate the Fashion Week’s anniversary.
The colour palette ranged from black and white to blush and champagne tones, with the clothes including a great deal of eveningwear. Voluminous skirts were a key look, hitting the knee and couple with slim-fitting tops. Boleros also made a comeback, while a standout look came in the form of a long fish-tail dress with corseted top and couple with black elbow-length gloves.
Matthew Williamson showed at the Philips de Pury building so people could see all the details of his clothes, which popped with colour. Tangerine and pink both featured, with tight trousers, skimpy minis and oversized jackets all hitting the runway.
Other designers to showcase yesterday included Mulberry, Topshop Unique and Jasper Conrad. Hitting the runway today will be Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon, Julien Macdonald and the eagerly-anticipated Burberry show.