From Kate Middleton to the Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee, the English have ample recent reasons for pride. As if to drive it home, Vivienne Westwood chose the British ambassador’s beautiful Paris residence as her spring venue. While well intended, it turned into a logistical nightmare, with security checks contributing to a 50-minute delay.
It was unfortunate because Westwood’s collection demonstrated a lovely ease that was missing from her last few lineups. She dubbed it Climate Revolution, and even though Westwood claimed there was no relation between her political message and these clothes, there was a noticeable lightness in her execution, i.e., a brocadelike dress with a T-shirt back and several mélange knits with much commercial appeal.
Not turning her back on those theatrical and punk proclivities, Westwood rendered them with a softer hand; even her signature corset dresses and ruching details looked charming, not costumey. A silver dress that appeared ripped in panels and folded into a ribbon concoction had a Baroque feel, but would still look great on a modern-day princess.