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Celebration of all things British, designer Westwood says of new Red Label collection

posted 19 Feb 2012, 15:41 by Mpelembe   [ updated 19 Feb 2012, 15:42 ]

British fashion doyenne-turned-eco warrior Vivienne Westwood shows her latest Red Label collection at London Fashion Week and delivers a message about the environment.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (Reuters)  - A passionate campaigner for the environment, 
Vivienne Westwood uses the intense interest in her fashion shows to publicise her views on climate change.
At London Fashion Week on Sunday (February 19) she used t-shirts to highlight the plight of people around the world who've lost their homes due to huge changes in the environment from climate change.

Models showing the designer's Red Label Autumn/Winter 2012/13 collection wore the specially-made shirts, alongside Westwood's signature silhouettes.

Sharp tailoring, which is always a Westwood feature, was seen in dresses, trousers and jackets. Long Edwardian jackets were Saville Row-inspired.

Checks, tartans, wool and mohair were true to the look Westwood is well known for.

Speaking to Reuters Television, Westwood said the collection was true to her distinctive British style - but showed influences from other cultures.

"What we do is always British, even if we're inspired by Africa or the North Pole or whatever and so you've got these really fantastic clothes. Very very flattering and very lively because they've got all this influence from other places but they still look British. It's just a way of putting things together and it's a certain don't care attitude about clothes."

A handful of famous faces attended the show, including Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes, chef Heston Blumenthal and actress and designer Sadie Frost, who used to be married to Jude Law.

The event attracted some outrageous costumes - from a gold and black head piece on one woman, to a Cleopatra outfit on one young guest.

London Fashion Week runs until Wednesday (February 22).