So the weather was not as glorious as yesterday but who cares when you have this amount of joy, eccentricity and originality going off inside! Picking a favourite between these two shows is like choosing your favourite disco tune- near enough impossible, so I have decided to award both worthy joint winners.
First up (but in no particular order) is Vivienne Westwood who showed at the Foreign Commonwealth Office. Now when you see the Dame, Queen, God of British fashion strut down the finale of the catwalk holding a cane, wearing stacked crocodile platforms with black marker smudged comically over her face you realise this lady has certainly not lost her status or ability to wow, please and forever inspire. With ‘The Mask’ green-painted faces, ‘My Fair Lady’ style full bloom headwear under scarf wraps, metallic short cowboy boots and sequin thong playsuits, it really was (as expected) a fantastic collection. Westwood’s trademark eye for detail and cut was there in abundance as usual, with the femininity of the off-the-shoulder 1950’s dresses, ‘Mad Men’ style silk bodices and a delicate gingham pedal-pusher suit. The peacock blue eyeshadow shone from afar as it was made clear; there is more in this old bird yet. All hail Westwood.
Philip Treacy, having not shown in London for twelve years, it really was about time. Inspired by the late Michael Jackson and opened by the one and only Lady Gaga (who later caused more controversy when she rocked a burka style outfit- another black mark against her name!) With a giant smiley face head, exaggerated sequin Mickey Mouse ears, ornate veils over sparkling gloves, futuritsic gold instruments and feathers; worn with military jackets, the iconic Jackson black side-striped trousers and even the red leather number worn in the ‘Thriller’ video to the sound of all the classics including a choir rendition of, ‘Will You Be There’. Interestingly, Treacy decided to use only black models in his show at The Royal Courts of Justice with an array of celebrity followers in the audience including Dita Von Teese, Kim Cattrall and Kelly Brook. Brilliant madness, oh how I love a good headpiece.
Talking about fabulously talented milliners, one personal highlight I need to quickly address is being spotted and complimented by the Piers Atkinson in the courtyard at Somerset House wearing his pom pom headband for Asos! First name terms and all, “Thanks Piers!”
Sian @ FashionBite xx