What inspired Vivienne Westwood for this AW’13? Well… “I had a book about illuminated manuscripts and it was appealing because of the art and the method of painting and so then it became more about looking at medieval things – stained glass windows and pageants more than the paintings,” she told Vogue before the show. Which then led on to the Crusades. “What they brought back really changed England, ideas from the Arab world and Italy. And there’s always something space-age about medieval costume, you look into the past to project the future, like a telescope. All designers create their vision of the future.” So it was about blending past, present and future all at once – with her politically, environmentally conscious message throughout.
Pieces of Note: Ending on the usual busty ballgowns, feathers and disco sequins, it began with pinstripes, knits and blanket capes and floral embroidery on bodycon dresses.
Style: This is much more wearable again. Though a bit wild and Westwood, this was an environmentally conscious collection you can transfer straight from the catwalk to the wardrobe. Add a long, thick plait and wild make-up, and you’re set.
See the Vogue report here.