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A report on Vivienne Westwood's Gold Label from the Paris fashion runway shows
by 11 March 2011

Her Highness of British fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood has brought us a dramatic and daring collection from her Gold Label to keep next Fall/Winter as interesting as can be.

The philosophy of Westwood's Gold Label is to be experimental with fashion by mixing and matching materials, patterns, prints and attitudes. What comes out of the mix is a striking collection that goes against the preconceived notions and formalities of fashion design. The new Autumn/Winter fashion show surprised us with a blend between functional ready to wear and amazing over the top couture style.The new collection embraces the idea of 'anything goes' with global influences spreading across the canvas. Gold Label's 'World Wide Woman' is brave and wears her clothes with unabashed pride in eclectic mixes. The runway was lit up by brazen gold glitter and models had their faces painted in a white China doll fashion with tribal-like black paint smeared across their faces in an almost ghoulish fashion.

Functional meets Fantastic

Aside from the spooky makeup, the collection started off in a very practical way with work wear dresses, suits, fur and wool coats in greys, beiges and antique looking worn out fall hues. A leopard bonnet covered in glittery black tulle signaled a shift in the collection. Next to come out were metallic leggings and gypsy head scarves followed by off shoulder multi-fabric and multi-patterned dresses.

Our favourite print from Gold Label's new line has to be the black and gold print fabric with two love birds cawing at one another to form the shape of a heart. Other looks that caught our eye were the Amazon-style wrap dresses in warm antique colours paired with boots in that same black and gold print as mentioned before. Puffy blouses paired with high-waisted black skirts or tartans were refreshingly simple, yet elegant in the mix.

Gold n' Bold

Westwood camped up the Gold idea with a head to toe looks such as long cardigans, leggings and knee length boots embellished in glittering gold sequins. Universal inspiration was especially apparent in a sequined long sleeved shirt decorated with elaborate gold and crystal accents – a definite nod to the East. Golden bustier dresses had us thinking of 18th century London and the final evening wear pieces went from strange to stunning with outfits that include vibrant leopard prints mixed with feathers, sheer art deco gowns accented with golden crystal pendants. A soft and romantic wedding gown on a Black Swan-like model finished off the show with a half love story, half nightmare vibe.

Now that we've shown you what Dame Westwood has in store, it's up to you to be bold enough to pull off this decadent new collection. 

Vivienne Westwood Red Label A/W 2011-12

Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2011