Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Protest’ at London Fashion Week

Marie-Louise Gumuchian

 

This is an excerpt from an article originally published in REUTERS. Read the rest here.

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Victoria Beckham looked back to the 1970s at London Fashion Week on Sunday, while Vivienne Westwood turned her catwalk into a stage to protest issues ranging from climate change to Brexit.

 

In front of an audience including Beckham’s husband David and their children, models wore dresses and skirts slim fitted over the knee, some with abstract chain patterns.

 

In a collection rich in vibrant colors and patterns, Beckham stuck to her signature silhouette of fitted skirt suits, which were checkered, and wide-leg trousers.

 

The former Spice Girl turned fashion designer used to present her line in New York during the catwalk season, but moved to London in September to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her eponymous brand….

 

 

Britain’s dame of fashion Vivienne Westwood gave models a voice on her catwalk.

 

The 77-year-old, known for her environmental activism, allowed her models, which included actress and anti-harassment campaigner Rose McGowan and other campaigners, to address various issues as she presented an eclectic mix of creations.

 

“We need more heroes,” McGowan declared on the runway.

 

Sustainable fashion, Britain’s looming exit from the European Union and climate change were addressed as models presented oversized checkered coats, tailored jackets, silk dresses, fitted knitwear and clashing prints.

 

Loose tops bore playing cards Westwood said she designed to “illustrate a plan to save the world from climate change”.

 

 

Both women and men took to the catwalk. Some wore Pinocchio-like long noses. Knotted headscarves were worn back to front.

 

Dozens of protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group also sought to shine a spotlight on climate change by temporarily blocking roads. Carrying flags and a “Rebel for Life” sign, they briefly stopped traffic outside the main London Fashion Week venue.

 

Reporting By Marie-Louise Gumuchian; additional reporting by Henry Nicholls, Jayson Mansaray and Mike Davidson; editing by Susan Fenton.

 

This is an excerpt from an article originally published in REUTERS. Read the rest here.

 

 

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