It started off so demure, tame, reserved, with it’s slate grey double breasted Teddy Boy coat, a beige wrap style dress underneath and leopard print Mary Jane shoes.
Coats are always a must for the winter season, and Westwood has created them in abundance. Classic black with matching black beret, a woollen grey number crafted from a circular piece of fabric, created a rounded face to the black piped coat, and a tiger print with double front fastenings.
Candy stripes we’ve seen through Fashion Week arrived in okra, blood red, navy and pale grey on a jumper dress, with matching alcoholic style cardigan and ruffled socks.
Westwood is famed for her tailoring. Her black and silver cigarette trousers skimmed pale ankles, gently kissing the jet-black heeled shoe. The jacket oversized with it’s off centre collar, hidden buttons and enlarged pockets.
Lipstick red, golden yellow, virginal white and nautical navy tartan jacket with signature Westwood orb brown buttons, were partnered with dark blue tartan slim fitting trousers. It all pulled together with a fetish dog collar necklace, clearly hailing back to Westwood’s Punk days.
For the printphobics out there, there’s a combat green double-breasted skirt suit, and a delicate light grey checked trouser suit with enlarged lapels and off centre buttons.
Something we haven’t seen for several collections is a cape. This time however a matching hooded cape and day dress graced us with their presence in a blown-up print in gold, blue and light brown, completed with a bronze court shoe.
No Red Label collection is complete without gowns and evening attire. This season Westwood has excelled with her corseted wonders.
Off the shoulder lilac rose printed corset with a matching skirt, so full it resembled a flower in full bloom itself. A deep V-neck in vibrant red with a deep red woollen cardigan tied just under the bust, allowed the handkerchief-hemmed dress to float down the runway.
A classic plain black column dress with a low-slung neckline, would work well in Morticia Addams wardrobe with the models long black nails and fetish chain like necklace.
Closing the show was Daisy Lowe, who wore the ultimate in fetish black lace. A tight dog collar necklace draped with layered chain necklaces drew the eyes to the décolletage area, where the cowl neckline sat suggestively. The Grecian dress gathered in at the waist, created texture to the unicolour and semi-sheer number. It’s square shoulder added dominance to the vampish finale.
Westwood took us from day to night in the way only she knows how, with an asymmetric hemline, serious draping and Punk attitude to dress (and life), which could be seen in her finale walk as she strutted down the runway with her throng of female models for the final group shoot.
Ladies and Gentlemen Westwood has returned, and this time she has chains and her Punk attitude back. Roll on Gold Label in Paris.