Just as in art, in fashion it is always possible to experiment, reinvent, create and destroy. This is illustrated to perfection by Vivienne Westwood. In the Spring-Summer 2011 collection, she has painted a palette of colours, materials and textures which are so energetically dynamic that they seem likely to clash, but in the end the impression is one of harmony, leaving the spectator pleasantly surprised. Strips and check are used together. Jeans appliques are sewn onto trousers and jackets. Accessories are enlarged to the point at which they become gigantic umbrellas, or hats in the form of boats.
Vivid colours and "starry" motifs glitter on glossy jackets and T-shirts. Hair is treated as if it were no longer part of the body, and it becomes another accessory, by means of complex wigs that provide additional colour and enhance the figure. As always, the House dedicates considerable attention to detailing: high-waisted trousers with low-slung belt, colourful shoes, oversized bags, socks that emerge on the ankles and remain highly visible even on the beach in a swimming costume. The location for the fashion show was rather unusual, in a garrison on Via San Luca in Milan. In the dark, black interiors, the catwalk emerged from a heap of old TVs that evoked 1980s underground films. A surprise of the collection was a new edition of the Sigg Swiss flask, which is made in the colours of the collection, warm and copper-type shades.
The catwalk event became something totally different, a true performance, and the models on the runway joked, danced, and played with the cameras. All this was perfectly in line with the characteristics of this British brand which has been winning attention for almost thirty years by virtue of its irreverent and unorthodox character.
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