This season, Vivienne Westwood shunned her usual opulent ballroom venue for the industrial environs of Paris’ Cité de la Mode, replete with a green laser light show more commonly found at raves in Manchester or Ibiza. But those who expected Westwood to also leave behind her histrionics in favor of youthful club culture were setting themselves up for disappointment. The designer looked to the 17th century for inspiration, and even though she toned down her costume inclinations with some appealing form-fitted suits, the cacophonous lineup still had plenty of drama, including coats and jackets with uberexaggerated pointy shoulders, drop-crotch pants that seemed like the model had pushed her legs through a knitted sweater, and jeweled Elizabethan-flavored tops that were fit for a queen — just not a current one.

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