As always, Vivienne Westwood managed to cause a stir among the fashion crowd with her latest collection. Choosing the basement of a Parisian office building as her catwalk space, the designer sent her models down a runway strewn with red and gold tinsel as a punk rock soundtrack raged on. The show was entitled ‘Unisex’, continuing the adrogynous themes we saw at Westwood’s menswear show, only this time we saw girls in overszied blazers and tailored trousers, while a few boys even strutted their stuff in dresses.
But while these elements of the AW15 were typically theatrical, when you looked beyond the grand statements there was a whole host of style tricks, combos and new proportions we’re desperate to try as soon as possible. One in particular is shaping up to be our new sartorial obsession. Yup, the oversized blazers imagined in pinstripes and classic check had us entranced. While they made up Westwood’s own idea of a power suit on the catwalk, we want to wear ours with boyfriend jeans, cigarette pants and even midi skirts.
And, just as we’d hoped, the high street has a lot to offer. From Monki’s sunny yellow jacket to Whistles’ classic double breasted blazer and Topshop’s check print boyfriend style, there are plenty of outsized cover-ups to help you try tailoring the Westwood way. They’re the perfect spring jacket, too; warm enough but not as heavy as your winter coat. Plus, you’ll literally wear them with everything. Well, maybe not a hula skirt. That’s perhaps best kept to the runway.
So there you have it. The most shocking thing that happened at the Vivienne Westwood show wasn’t the French kissing on the catwalk (the finale models and even Dame Viv herself!) or the anarchic interpretations of gender (those guys rocked a ballgown like we’ve never seen before), it was the fact that amongst all the drama and spectacle, there’s one style rule we’re stealing for our own wardrobes.
By Hannah Banks-Walker