British model Lily Cole opened Vivienne Westwood’s show at London Fashion Week with a surprising performance.
“This dance is a metaphor about climate refugees and animals, of course, and this is what the models were, they were supposed to look like animals trapped in the headlights,” said the designer.
Westwood, who came to fame during Britain’s punk revolution in the 1970s, is an outspoken environmental activist.
Calling the show “an impossible happening” on the invitation cards, Westwood showed off her new line for the Red Label collection, a typically smart fusion of Westwood’s trademark edgy style, with models wearing heavy white makeup. Lurex also made a re-appearance in flowing silk parka jackets and pussy-bow blouses.
Alice Temperley’s London Fashion Week collection was a celebration of what she does best – romance. She looked to Italy for inspiration with feminine, mostly knee-length dresses in abstract prints of pink, purples and blues with the occasional black number.
There were also floor-sweeping gowns, adorned with delicate embellishment – a nod to her more decorative past. Oversized coats were elegant, with a subtle bow detail on the back, and accessories were kept simple.
House of Holland’s Spring-Summer collection was inspired by a tript to Mexico via the American beach resort of Miami.
Holland sent models down the runway wearing bold prints and colourful designs. Some outfits were made to be more ‘functional’ with pockets for mobile phones and keys. Slim-line dresses, pert trench coats and clam-digger pants were mixed with peekaboo lace, metallic brocades and loud picnic checks. Tight waistlines, silk and lace all featured in this collection, aimed at what the designer called a ‘tough gang of homegirls’.