One of my readers wrote a comment underneath a picture I posted of Vivienne Westwood's RTW A/W collection at London Fashion Week. Reading over it, it played on my mind. She used a term 'Distresses me' which I found interesting, as it did the same to me. Normally I accept anything Westwood puts out there with open arms. But this I found hard. I also found her ad campaign with the over bronzed women hard to take as well. I think, as women we are expected to be so picture perfect all the time. To have the perfect make-up and outfit. Westwood is playing with this and in doing so appears to be challenging us as women in how we accept ourselves.
I know myself, I can't step out of the house without my eyebrows done and my red lipstick tweaked to perfection. So the thought of walking down a catwalk with layers of incorrect make-up with all eyes on me makes me feel ill.
Westwood is one of the original punks and has always played with concept and our traditional views of what something should look like. Adding an extra layer or fold here and a stitch there to create something beautiful.
This is designed to shock us. Not in the way most designers do it. By adding something sexual or rooted in fetish. But to challenge how we conduct ourselves as women. Alexander McQueen did it when he sent a model down the catwalk in 1995 in Highland Rape with her tampon string hanging out. It just makes us cringe.
The idea of being less then picture perfect.
Agree or disagree?