>> In a dizzying show that included a ghostly bride, a model on a bicycle, and a rather interesting take on Sherlock Holmes, Vivienne Westwood reminds us she doesn't play by the rules. Fall 2012 was intended as an ode to London, not in its current state, but its rich, sometimes seedy past. There was the requisite tartan, but rendered in oversized floor-skimming blanket coats or tightly structured blazers. There were punk tees over maxi skirts, and plenty of tulle, brocade, and crinoline to please a princess, but done here with gigantic platforms and ripped tights. Look by look, the show can seem overwhelming and a bit disjointed, but then again, that's a Westwood strategy to upset the balance a bit — and it's clear the 70 year-old designer is still having a rollicking good time.
Vivienne Westwood Fall 2012