#SuzyLFW: Vivienne Westwood Red Label – Campaigning the Runway
Would we want it any other way? Dame Vivienne Westwood, now almost as famous for her environmental and political appeals as for her saucy, sensual clothing, set off her Red Label collection amid a forest of protestors' flags.
"Austerity is a Crime" was one of the messages, as a line up of 'protesters' wearing colourful crown headdresses flagged up a raft of other causes from "Climate Revolution" to "Fracking is a Crime" (the latter being another pet Westwood issue).
The clothes that went with the political statements seemed rather milder - more Westwood's greatest hits than anything to make the heart rate rise. Yet while Queen Viv is joining protests against "criminal" politicians, someone is designing good-looking clothes in her image.
This Westwood line is deliberately less focused on fashion gestures - and less inclined to draw on historic or theatrical influences than her main collection. Yet this season there was a choice in hem lengths with calf and ankle more often the goal than thigh-high. The collection had a flurry of flower patterns, including shadowy leaves, flat petals and - this being our Viv - something exotic and spiky.