Vivienne Westwood has been turning heads globally for what feels like a lifetime however her Spring/Summer 2014 has taken things up a level for us and we wanted to share her confident inspirations in preparation for the new year!
The fashion show for this collection was a contemporary performance by Lily Cole uniting the unlikely worlds of fashion and politics in the designer’s socially-driven London Fashion Week show. The tone of the show could be best described as something out of Excalibur, with unconventional make-up which transformed the models into walking pieces of renaissance art.
Editors, journalists, bloggers, celebrities and fashionistas alike were left entranced by Lily Cole’s unusually ritualistic performance, integrating atmospheric red lighting, smoke and an eerie soundtrack to leave all in a mystified daze. The 25-year-old model wore a Grecian-esque gown as she sent a social message through her captivating choreography. The performance was witnessed by Dame Westwood herself, who was surprisingly sat in the front row as opposed to backstage.
The show followed in a similar tone, with each model painted by Val Garland with avant-garde make-up, flaunting smeared, eccentric paint upon their faces.
She danced, and was obliged to go on dancing through the dark night. The shoes bore her away over thorns and stumps till she was all torn and bleeding; she danced away over the heath to a lonely little house. Here, she knew, lived the executioner; and she tapped with her finger at the window and said: “Come out, come out! I cannot come in, for I must dance.”’
The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Anderson
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