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Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2008: Vivienne Westwood


You're never really sure what to expect from a Dame Vivienne Westwood collection. Her show in London a few weeks ago was surprisingly tame and despite the occasional placard wasn't too political. This show, which was presented in the French capital last night contained plenty of references to Westwood's Eco concerns.

Much of the collection was adorned with doodles which were designed by pupils at the Portland School in Nottingham (she is due to open a store in the city this year). The children were under strict direction from Westwood who initially lectured the children on global-warming then asked them to design clothing for a society of jungle-dwelling eco-warriors.

There's a very child-like feel to the collection, which is not surprising but it conveys Westwood's playfulness with fashion. Highlights included a beautiful maxi cut out dress that surely will appear on a red carpet at some point, and a model on stilts in a pin stripe suit. The doodle prints are a great idea and something which will possibly translate well to the High Street.

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