Vivienne Westwood Turns Her Models Into Cartoon Girls

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Legendary punk designer Vivienne Westwood has a flair for the colorful, the dramatic, the outlandish, the shocking, the absurd… but certainly not the tame. Nor the shy, for that matter: everything Vivienne touches, from her flaming orange hair to her punk-infused collections, is intended to Make A Statement. It’s kind of her MO. For her latest venture, the Autumn 2013 show for her eponymous Red Label, the British visionary sent models down the runway in what would best be described as… cartoon makeup. Saturated primary colors, exaggerated outlines done in stark black or white, and blanked-out faces resulted in a look that was very “Roy Lichtenstein goes to the kabuki.” This is a Look with a capital “L” that should not be attempted off the catwalk, but as for on it? It was a hit — and it provided the perfect foil for Vivienne’s soft metallics and loose, lovely grunge-girl knits.

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