Last week was London Fashion Week’s Men, where designers presented their Autumn/ Winter collections for 2018-2019. Inspirations varied from cartoon characters and perceptions of the future to individual designers upbringings. However one designer, who departed from the usual runway show, was Vivienne Westwood. In showcasing her new unisex collection, the 76 year old British designer chose to treat the audience to a two minute and forty-five second clip entitled “Don’t Get Killed”.
Never one to shy away from political statements and shocking the fashion industry, Westwood’s film presents her models as a part of her army, posing for the AW shoot with Union Jacks and EU flags. One of the clear political message here being how the announcement of Brexit has negatively effected British fashion industries, in particular Westwood’s.
Vivienne Westwood, who is known for her political and eco-activism prefaced the film, commenting: “You all know what I’m up to – I use fashion as a vehicle for activism to stop climate change and mass extinction of life on Earth”. The decision to stage a film screening rather than defer to a high-spec fashion show one of maintaining Westwood’s eco mantra.
The collection itself features a heavy military theme, with large camouflage prints, belted tailored coats, and traditional army red. One of the standout pieces were two-piece suits and gowns in Mountbatten pink, a traditional colour introduced during the Second World War. In classic British Westwood style there was also lots of tartan and unisex tailoring, with more traditionally masculine pieces altered for female models with corsets, extreme blusher and razor blade earrings.