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Catwalk Review: Vivienne Westwood A/W 2011/12

16/03/2011 15:08 | Updated 22 May 2015

DESIGNER: Vivienne Westwood

INSPIRATION: The World Wide Woman. According to the show notes, her muse is a bastion of culture and a tower of strength.

TOP LOOKS: Power dressing took on the form of a glitter-drenched warrior woman, as models charged down the gold runway with smudged warpaint on their faces. And the clothes? Each tribe of Westwood woman was covered; there were impeccably cut peplum skirt suits in Prince of Wales check and pinstripe, dramatic gold gowns, crinoline skirts, and tribal print T-shirt dresses, while she stayed true to her Kings Road origins and sent slogan tees and ripped off denim shorts down the runway. The final look was a corseted wedding dress created from miles of white tulle and worn by black-eyed bride holding a bouquet, marching out to the strains of I Will Survive.

WHO WAS THERE: Characteristically eclectic, Kanye West, Daisy Lowe, Paloma Faith, Boy George, La Roux's Elly Jackson, and Antoine de Caunes of Eurotrash fame were all on the front row. And a man dressed up in a cardboard box.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: From her subverted tailoring and regal corsetry to her punk slogan tees, Vivienne Westwood's aesthetic is indelibly marked on the fashion map. This season new direction was given through a generous dose of glitz and opulence - resulting in a blockbuster of a show that true power dressing is anything but corporate drudge.

See our favourite looks in the gallery below:
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