London Fashion Week: Topshop, Vivienne Westwood showcase

London Fashion Week: Topshop, Vivienne Westwood showcase

Kendall Jenner steals spotlight on day three of London Fashion Week as Topshop, Vivienne Westwood showcase their latest designs.

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Published: Tue 24 Feb 2015, 8:45 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:57 PM



Vivienne Westwood displayed mannish tweed coats, beautifully tailored jackets and draped dresses, her signature tartan and lots of animal print. But that’s not what she wanted to talk about. The grand dame of British fashion has one message for her guests, and it’s written loud and clear on her show invitation: Vote Green.

The flame-haired designer, 73, has a reputation for using her fashion shows to promote causes dear to her heart, from campaigning for WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to protesting against fracking (a controversial method of extracting natural gas.)

Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne
Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne

Moments before her show opened on Sunday, Westwood railed backstage about capitalism and inequality. She said that mainstream British politics was a shambles, and the only party worth voting for, come election day in May, was the small, left-wing Green Party.

“It’s the only vote that’s non-wasted,” she said. On the runway, the attitude was just as feisty: Westwood had her models don spiky hairdos, and some wore huge chokers with silver chains and harnesses. All sported bright eccentric makeup consisting of red paint dabbed across their faces.

Front row guests included actresses Noomi Rapace and Gwendoline Christie, of Game of Thrones fame.


Sometimes the off-stage action at a show can draw as many camera lightbulbs as its runway - if not more.

TOPSHOP SHOWKendall Jenner attracted reporters and fellow guests like a magnet when she appeared at Topshop Unique’s front row. She squeezed next to the retail giant’s boss Phillip Green, and the two were soon joined by model Cara Delevingne, who rocked up with her own entourage at the last minute.

The trio huddled close to chat and laugh throughout, and brought traffic outside the venue to a standstill as they left amid a melee of scrambling photographers.

From the periwinkle blue corduroy trouser suit to the shiny dark green leather coat, this Topshop collection is made for a good party - and a retro one at that. The British retailer, which specialises in fast, fun fashion, opened with a luxurious version of the hardy duffel coat, trimmed with thick fur at the cuffs and collar. Then came a series of retro pieces: sleek flared trousers, pinafore dresses, leather mini skirts in coffee and green, and plenty of chocolate plaid. With fashion’s current obsession with all things ‘60s and ‘70s, it’d be hard to avoid brown and autumnal shades come the new season.

The party dresses that came at the finale were more modern: Black cocktail numbers with a subtle sheen, adorned with puffs of playful ostrich feathers. 

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