Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW – LFW
Generally one of the most unique designers on the Fashion Week runways is Vivienne Westwood, using her main line to create quite the stir. She would normally get included in most memorable, most bizarre and such other lists for each season, but it appears that she will be disappointing in that aspect this time around. We just finished going through the Vivienne Westwood Red Label fall 2016 ready-to-wear looks and we can easily say Westwood will not be making any of her usual lists this year, even though the pieces are pretty awesome unto themselves. Within the 39-piece collection, we can find quite a bit of fun, with apparently lots of layers included.
It starts with a certain 1940s style to it, from the blazer to the tucked in pants, creating a courtier’s look for the ladies. Layers are huge here it appears, with dresses thrown over shirts and pants, tucked into socks and red half boots. Some of the looks are tedious in their simplicity, like the long black dress with the navy blazer thrown on top. And then there is the blazer over see-through plunging neckline dress over straight skinnier pants look that is confusing to say the least.
Bubble skirts are found on this show as well, along with some mushroom hats in maroon and antique looking belts thrown with simple shorts and puff-sleeved blazers. Yeah, the blazers seem to be a very common trend for this particular ready-to-wear line. The outfits are not the best of her creations but they are certainly enjoyable to watch strutting down that catwalk.
Add on some hats in maroon, belts in gold and garnet and pointy shoes that include bows on top and you have a pretty wacky combination of styles, despite the lack of exaggeration and extravagance. You just see the wacky here and we can easily see Vivienne Westwood as a high profile costume designer for the independent movie sets.
In terms of hair and makeup, we see lots of short curls and a focus on the contouring more than anything else, with a good amount of blush used. The eyebrows are shortened and drawn straight across, looking pretty strange and unnatural, as per Vivienne Westwood style, while some of the girls have bright red lips and prominently drawn brows to ramp up the style.
Many of the girls also appear quite boyish, with their clothing, their hair and makeup giving into the androgynous look that is so very much in for 2016. Those curls though, it is very hard not to notice them as they peek out from under hats or create their tiny afro as they are left free under the sun. The look appears to be enjoyed by models of all colors as well, leading to a gender-neutral, race-neutral and fashion-neutral combination. With so many strange layers happening, we are not quite sure what category this one can be fit under.
Photos courtesy of Vogue