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Vivienne Westwood Fall 2011 Runway Review

Vivienne Westwood's collection was entitled World Wide Woman but given the designer’s penchant for designing without bounds, everything must be taken with a grain of salt. In spite of this, and almost lost somewhere between the crazy punk-warrior makeup and the outlandish accessories, there were actual wearable looks, a rarity from the designer.

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This collection had something for every woman showing 50s dresses alongside body-con suits and tailored tweed and bringing a new meaning to statement dressing, the eco-warrior emblazoned “Trees Save Lives” on an intarsia knit. Beyond the overworked eveningwear and looks that have unexplained patches of snakeskin print, the daywear is where Westwood undeniably succeeded. 

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While the makeup look may be less common, the hair, a matted and twisted coif of plaits, has made appearances at a few other shows this month. This collection may not be on anyone's must-have list but there are definitely pieces worth taking a second look and the beauty of being Vivienne Westwood is the freedom to do what you want. 

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Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree

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