FASHION | Vivienne Westwood Red Label LFW S/S1316.9.12
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD is a pioneer when speaking of the bridging between fashion and an ethical lifestyle perspective. She can safely be called a revolutionary, whether it be through her Africa Project or her support of the charity COOL EARTH where she actively advocates the protection of indigenous people from the rise in effects of climate change.
In her interview with British Vogue, Westwood stated prior to the presentation of her Red Label Spring/Summer 2013 show “I don’t really care about fashion...My job now gives me an excuse to talk about what I really care about - and that is the climate revolution.” When asked what she does to ensure that her collections are ecologically sound, she responded “My motto is ‘buy less, choose well, make it last.' You should wait until you really need something before you buy it. In fact, don't buy this collection.”
Although her last message was a bit grim, her collection was the antithesis of this. With a vibrancy that left us hopeful for the future of fashion and the environment, we did not get the message that Westwood was actually trying to portray. IT seemed as though we were meant to participate in a celebration of sort where the celebrants represented a range of quirky souls from a Westwood-themed party. Cotton-candy striped shirt and dress, a beautiful flowery off the shoulder dress, and a must have pair of tartan cropped trousers, were part of this mismatched, yet cohesive collection. We hope you enjoy as much as we did.
At the end, Westwood emerged with a banner with the words "Climate Revolution" written on it. This revolution she wants everyone to be aware of and to participate in, as she ends her interview with British Vogue by stating: “Only public opinion will save us.” WE would say "Let the Collective save us!"
Images taken from VOGUE.CO.UK