Vivienne Westwood Woman Autumn-Winter 2016 – The robes of Buddhist monks were an important inspiration to the collection, evoked fully in a piece worn by the first male model, where multiple draped layers of red fabric were loosely tied over overalls of the same colour. In more subtle ways however, this style was also seen throughout the first eight looks, with loose, slightly distressed red fabric turned into billowing oversized jumpers, layered male-worn dresses and harem pants secured with simple drawstrings.
As arguably expected from the brand, the casual clashing of vibrant patterns and textures was rife in this collection too. Bright printed leggings peaked out from underneath loose traveller inspired dresses that seemed already to be in the process of unravelling and an elaborately floral fitted jacket gave way to a white with brown and blue check blanket skirt with little tailoring. Another checked suit design was completely overshadowed by a large leopard print fur scarf that doubled as a belt and whilst talking about accessories two models wore silk patterned pope’s hats seemingly for no reason at all.
Even so, at times complete looks were surprisingly wearable. A dark pink sweater ensemble with matching tracksuit and blazer was quickly followed by a pyjama-inspired light blue suit, with various other knit separates likely to be highly popular. Likewise, a particular highlight was a long, oversized red cape, worn loose to reveal a camel coloured lining, which combined the previous religious inspiration with fairy tale connotations in a way which was not unwearable off the catwalk.
Vivienne Westwood Woman Autumn-Winter 2016