I went to the New Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden this afternoon to attend the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show. In this grand venue, the Queen of Punk presented her new collection for Spring/ Summer 2011.
The collection included her signature structured dresses draped across the body, pink and red tartans, diverse wallpaper-looking prints, lamé fabrics, crochet, ripped tights, figure-hugging jackets, frilled tops and fronts. In terms of accessories, very Westwood-looking pirate hats, multiple bangles, knee-high socks and crown logo-ed clutches and bags in shades of camel, cream, and coral. Overall a little messy but not as much as one could expect from the lady who invented punk – the models had their faces painted all over though. The climax came with a silver and blue sequined number worn by Jacquetta Wheeler, followed by the final where the great Dame of British fashion walked the catwalk with flowers, her girls and a large smile, holding hands with model Daisy Lowe.
On the front row, the usual fans and friends Pamela Anderson, Nicola Roberts, Janice Dickinson, Tracy Emin and Matt Smith supporting his girlfriend Daisy. I had been lucky enough to be allocated a seated ticket in the ultra-packed room, in the third row behind Tracy Emin and Vivienne Westwood’s son, whose unusual guest was his little dog.
Of course this being Westwood, there was also a political and eco message communicated through. The show’s background was a huge red heart with REPRIEVE marked all over – a UK charity that defends prisoners against secret detention and torture. Flyers were on every seat instead of the usual press release, along with a sustainable flask created by the designer for the occasion, collector!
Photography: Alize Morand. Please credit.