Vivienne Westwood presented yet another collection for spring and summer 2018 at Paris Fashion Week this evening. Hues of pink, red, and blue bounced off tints of black and white as dramatic headdresses were piled to the ceiling. Vivienne Westwood’s new collection was full of dresses and pantsuits alike. The use of strong feminine silhouettes put out the punk visuals Westwood was eyeing for as the models marched through the spotlight. A staple item in this line would be the light pink hard hat with “fragile” packing tape stripped across it. It was paired with a baby pink dress with synchs in the sleeves and hemline. This look was presented to evoke the idea of women being perceived as weak when they are really just as strong and ready to fight as men are. Growing up just after World War II certainly played into Westwood’s inspiration for combat gear-looking garments. The 2018 collection presented Westwood’s idea of womenswear and menswear being interchangeable with lots of edgy, almost super human-esque designs. Westwood’s theme punk aesthetic made way bottom up on these models with eccentric headwear to cap things off. Bubble wrap, insanely tall plumes, and hard helmets were trending in this collection. Though her flagship store is in the UK, this British designer has locations in Paris, Milan, Austria, Hong Kong, Tokyo, the United States, and more. She is best known for rising out of the punk era and capsuling those trends to this day with some new wave/soft rock vibes mixed in. Her collection for the spring and summer of 2018 collection sparked with leather, boots, and studs in pink, black, and red to uphold this trend.
Vivienne Westwood and her team have been preparing sixty plus looks for this show for months. This designer is bustling with business and publicity, just coming off a successful showing at London Fashion Week back in June with her Spring 2018 Menswear collection. Hundreds of designers attempt to crawl their way to the top for a chance to be shown at Paris Couture Fashion Week. They’re competing to have showings that only last roughly twenty minutes. With some of the biggest names in fashion holding fort in Paris already, garnering a slot is a daunting task. The top names are invited back year to year and only the best are paired with producers to put them on the runway. These producers coordinate the designs of Paris Couture Fashion Week designers like Vivienne Westwood so that they are presented in such a way that attracts attention without straying from the theme the garments were meant to express. The right models are to be cast and some with celeb status are even assigned multiple shows a day. That being said, the designers aren’t the only ones with work to do leading up to the big show. Westwood’s models this season had their faces painted to match the edgy look they were flaunting. One model even had a white hand print splattered on her face to reflect the misty white ghostly figure on her leather jacket. Westwood is a firm believer in women wearing men’s clothes and she certainly expressed this through her use of hard-edged leather garments and sturdy headwear that appeared to be ready for combat.
This Englishwoman was born into the working class of Tintwistle, a village in Cheshire, England. This social status led her to doubt her potential in the design industry, but what started as creating her own jewelry as young girl lead to her becoming the apprentice of Malcolm McLaren discovering an inspiration for punk fashion. Her showing in Carrousel du Louvre this year held true to her original design intentions and made way for yet another era of Vivienne Westwood punk and new wave styles and trends.