Milan Menswear SS16: Vivienne Westwood

Standing ragged and bold, the Vivienne Westwood show stripped back to basics in an almost primal display of man meets fashion. Telling a very visual story, the dishevelled models opened the show with minimal, simplistic clothing and through a journey of experimentation, gathered more structured garments along the way to become fully clothed.

In true Westwood fashion, the eccentric style of underwear as outerwear and an array of quirky print was met with a sophisticated mix of tailored suits. Ignoring constrictive rules, the designer explored a variety of shapes and structures in the collection; from oversized waistbands on loose trousers, to tight fitted leggings.

Channeling a Tarzan-trend evolution, the asymmetrical edge combined with rope belts over block outfits created an understated grunge vibe that echoed caveman style. Much like previous shows, the diverse range included smart and casual garments in a juxtaposition of design. Distressed looks included holes and rips in the fabric as well as a bleach effect, which added to the ruggedness of the garments.

Encapsulating the young, nomadic traveller aesthetic of clashing patterns and a thrown together look; Westwood’s collection depicts the essence of both masculine and feminine influences. Highlighting the issue of climate change, her political message has once again seeped into the clothing, leaving a subtle yet poignant impact on the audience.







by Emma Walsh

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