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Vivienne Westwood Red Label

It is an astonishing fact, given the rate at which fashion turns around and reinvents itself, that one of the most highly anticipated shows on the London Fashion Week calendar is by a designer who has been in the game for nigh on forty years. But people know a good thing when they see one, and so last night the fashion crowd made their way to Earl's Court to see first hand what Dame Vivenne Westwood has up her sleeves for S/S 09. A packed venue, seating well known fans of the designer Erin O'Connor, Kate Moss and Jasmine Guiness watched while models and It girls Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe, came down the catwalk in a huge number of pieces covering a plethora of trends. Safari style two pieces had something of a colonial feel to them; printed chiffon dresses added some feminine charm while black leather and lame supplied the collection with it's rebellious edge (not to mention the model who sported oversized gold shorts and nothing else). A model in a biker helmet covered in pink and blue sparkling sequins signalled the shows finale, but not before Ms Westwood had run down the catwalk herself, to a standing ovation no less.

Olivia Marks