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LFW: Day Five Vivienne Westwood

British fashion treasure Vivienne Westwood was back in the capital last night showing her hotly anticipated Red Label collection in London for the first time in nine years.

Westwoods' Red Label show celebrated the 1970s with the designer giving a gratified nod to the time that inspired her to make an indelible mark on London's fashion scene.

Trademark tartan and regal angular cuts were tuned into a wearable, sexy secretary story which accompanied by some highly commercial overcoats and beautiful knitwear that will please retailers. However baggy mid-thigh boots, heavy velvet suits, high waist-lines, over-sized dog tooth and black lace print finishes exposed a post-hippy, pre-yuppie theme, that were less commercial.

Westwoods' penchant for pirates crept through with floppy felt hats, scarves and wide trousers tucked in boots and Westwood's naughty punks were also celebrated on the catwalk with buckle details on jackets and t-shirts dresses.

With the fashion world's eyes upon her, Westwood the campaigner walked one of her models out with a placard highlighting www.reprieve.com a not for profit organisation to help impoverished people get legal representation.

Westwood has shown her main-line collection in Paris for almost a decade and has no plans to change that, however her Red Label collection is back to Britain for the foreseeable future and she has called for other British big name designers to bring back their diffusion lines to LFW.

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