If there’s one thing I’ve learned from working in design houses in the past, its that not all designers are as involved in the actual design process as one might think (something obvious to anyone who caught the Sundance Channel’s “The Day Before: Sonic Rykiel“). Vivienne Westwood, the grand dame of modern punk and new wave fashion, took this one step further when she proclaimed publicly that she is not involved in the design process of her diffusion line, Vivienne Westwood Red Label – despite the fact that she walks out at the end of each runway presentation. Whether or not she is actually involved, however, there is no question that her spirit and signature aesthetic were ever-present in the Spring/Summer 2010 collection.
There were wonderful plays with texture, contrasting colors, layering, shapes, and proportions. While there certainly wasn’t anything common or plain about the collection, most every look – with some minor tweaks – could hit retail stores as is. The strongest pieces were the outerwear looks, particularly the fitted blazers with their wide droopy lapels, and the femininely draped cocktail dresses.
In terms of accessories, the collection ran the gamut from extra long belts, Panama hats, stuffed animals, and bandanas, to pieces of straw.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.