At age 72, Dame Vivienne Westwood is still
pulling off the enfant terrible
thing better than many of her younger counterparts. Case in point: her Red Label show in London, which proved Westwood to be as boundary-pushing now as she was back in her punk days. The presentation featured Lily Cole dancing — the late German choreographer Pina Bausch was name-checked as an inspiration — while models surrounded her.
If this sounds a bit much for a fashion show, that's because — as Westwood and her creative collaborators were quick to explain — the event aimed to rethink the definition of a fashion show. "It wasn't a show, it was a happening
," lead stylist Mark Hampton said. Backstage, he led a team that created a different "aggressive and animalistic" hairstyle for each model. Using a deep barrel waver to create consistency among the 15 models, he added texture and volume (he recommends Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe's Glamour Volume Plumping Whip
for a more toned-down interpretation).
Each model's face was likewise individualized, with key makeup artist Val Garland sponging on white makeup for a base. From there, she applied wild streaks of black and red; Nails Inc's cherry-red talons were intentionally broken for something raw, almost primal. Overall, the beauty look was unafraid to reject "pretty" for something more challenging — which is exactly what we expect from (and love about) Westwood.