British punk Godmother Vivienne Westwood drew inspiration from an unlikely muse for her A/W ’15 menswear presentation, proudly announcing the Prince of Wales as the collection’s “patron.” Westwood was surprisingly vocal about her reverence for the blue-blooded Prince, largely attributing his green, environmental agenda for her drastic attitude shift toward the monarchy.
Using fashion as a vehicle for political commentary is nothing novel for Westwood. This season’s blithe optimism, however, was a surprise, considering her radical history of provoking the establishment. Although we’re fond of the the Westwood who storms the Buckingham Palace without knickers and designs challenging collections with models parading the catwalk in bondage and briefs, this refined, Savile Row aesthetic was a pleasant change.
Models wore traditionally tailored suits in windowpane checks and a very Westwood oversized argyle print. Although this immediately felt like a more straightforward direction for the iconic designer, her ode to Prince Charles still maintained a number of weird, costumey subtleties: campy collars, exaggerated lapels, slouchy drop-crotch joggers and countless clashing patterns.
When it seemed as though the provocative energy behind her groundbreaking ’70s boutique, “Sex,” had been entirely abandoned, a model emerged with his pants completely unzipped. This was a quiet nod to Westwood’s past and a reminder that she’ll never be one to fully follow rules, even when she’s singing the Prince’s praises.