FASHION designer Vivienne Westwood, who has a store in Newcastle, has produced four stunning collections for spring/summer. LIZ LAMB brings you an exclusive preview and the chance to win more than £500 of designer accessories.
THIS collection references Watteau’s painting Voyage to Cythera to give us an ethereal atmosphere and feeling.
Cythera, the birthplace of Venus, is an island of dreams in Greek mythology and the collection, with draped jersey fabrics and slouched neck and hem lines, has adapted Grecian shapes and silhouettes.
Bold organic prints derived from a 17th Century tapestry and a vivid colour scheme also reflect a feeling of nature. Carrying on the mythological theme, Vivienne Westwood’s collaboration with Melissa shoes also sees the introduction of the rubber platform rocking horse (£120). With winged ankle straps like the messenger of the Gods, Hermes, it adds to the whimsical and otherworldly feel of the collection.
This collection is called Planet Gaia and is the forefront of Vivienne’s current political message – save the Rainforest and the land we live in. It’s inspired by Gaia Theory – an ecological idea, named after the Greek supreme goddess of Earth, that views all the planet’s components as one.
Pieces include wrap-round dresses worn with knitted tights and stunning bustiers. One of the prints is inspired by looking at the brocade jacket of Franz Hals’ Laughing Cavalier and another from a tapestry of a hunting scene.
Fashionistas are encouraged to DIY their wardrobe and reuse or repair pieces.
You will recognise the British influence in the colours of the collection as well as the traditional fabrics. The collection is for Sunday, special occasions and holiday times. This could be the lady who lives in Chelsea and sits outside the restaurant with the Sunday papers drinking coffee with her husband, or buys flowers. It’s also for lovely summer evenings, perhaps by the sea, wearing a summer dress, and visiting museums in our Sunday best.
Pieces include suiting in shocking pink and tea green, draped dresses and off-the-shoulder printed frocks.
Inspired by the wardrobe of the Hollywood male leads and the men of high society on cruises, the collection is composed of all the items that a gentleman would have needed for one of those trips.
Prints are a focus of the collection. A kaleidoscope of florals, anchors, scenes of grazing animals, Hawaiian prints and a jungle carnival all reflect the spirit of holidays. Even the skin of the giraffe has been adopted graphically and printed on vests, bomber jackets and cargo bermudas.
Colours are kept light and breezy with pastels dominating the palette.
Knitwear this season accentuates the nautical mood of the collection. Key fabrics include stretch linen, light linen jersey and cotton linen.
Vivienne Westwood, 1 Hood Street, Newcastle, NE1 6JT. Tel: 0191 260 5220, www.hervia.com
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