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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD gold label AW13 Paris

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label once again allowed us to enter into the designer’s world for fall Winter 2013. A combo of cultural influences, this season the brand looked at the way the Crusades united Italian, Arab, and also English ideals for a magnificent melting pot of style. No time machine necessary to experience the out-of-this-world experience Westwood provides viewers through the four corners of inspiration (historical, structure, ethnic, and ‘flou’).

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Looking back, but always being aware of the present, the collection also referenced the “Save the Arctic” initiative from Greenpeace. Although the war-painted faces harkened back to the conquerers of the past, they complemented the array of hues that Westwood provided (a shout-out to the brightly-colored manuscripts she referenced). Westwood crossed all silhouette territories, by offering everything from billowing capes to slim trousers, therefore allowing the medieval woman to become modern.

Taken apart, the pieces provide much-needed prints for anyone’s sublime closet. From a white floral-embroidered hourglass dress for day to a burgundy and silver striped v-neck minidress for the nightlife, there are plenty of opportunities to shine. The movement of a leg-baring gold number was our personal fav, while showing that the Westwood woman is no wallflower. The designer updated the centuries-old references by taking the heavy fabrics in golds and deep hues and adding them onto slouchy sweaters and full coats. Fabrics were as rich as they were printed, as brocaded looks were balanced with lighter tulle counterparts (while alluding to the dark whimsy Westwood is known for). Although Westwood’s looks have wearers geared up for battle, the scarlet shoes throughout suggest a more stylish stomping ground come next fall. fdmLOVES Vivienne Westwood Gold Label fall 2013 selects and details by Brigitte Segura. Written by Mary Anderson.


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