Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 2017 FW17

Seventies influences met with a western flair- layered contrasting colors and textures with knits, graphic tees, creepy faces photo prints, ascots, double breasted jackets, ski masks…there was a lot going on in the Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 2017 collection.

The runway makeup featured both understated nude faces, lips, and eyes; and insane runway beauty looks with square portions of the face highlighted to white with glitter and shimmer- with the sockets of the eyes left untouched, giving a very mask-like effect, others being highlighted entirely, or geometric prints of squares and rectacles in various colors applied all over or to parts of the face.

The hooded burnt-golden-rod cape atop a three piece camel suit, paired with a white buttonup and burgundy boots was one of my favorite looks- it was striking on the pale model with dark wavy hair: I’d wear this as seperates. The undergarmet from another era that followed? Not cute! I didn’t care for the oversized yellow and blue print suit, and feel like it comes down to a styling and fit issue for me- but otherwise this would be cool with a slight scaling down of the print. Believe it or not, I don’t mind the patchwork graphic pants and graphic silk shirt, had only they been elevated a bit- a normal hemline, a better execution, they’d be so edgy, unique, and cute. The black, tan, and taupe coat is surprizingly chic from afar when you consider how all the edges are unfinished, freyed, with revealed seams- it’s sort of this deconstructed reconstructed look, brininging order from chaos.

Of course there are the looks I just don’t get- the voluminous, park ranger curiousities escape me. Some designs could’ve been better executed, others were overdesigned- consistency, cohesion, and editing may be Westwood’s weakness for Fall/Winter 2017, and I personally feel like had certain looks been edited out, the would have been a trendy and original collection.

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