Is this the weirdest garment ever Vivienne Westwood plays up her 'exploration' period by introducing the cardi-legging
Vivienne Westwood showed she has lost nothing of her penchant for the 17th Century aesthetic during her characteristically off-beat show in Paris yesterday.
But the pioneer of punk also remained true to what she refers to as her 'Exploration' period by adding surprise elements in the form of a one-legged jumpsuit, a bicycle and, most interestingly, a garment that Fashionista.com is calling a 'cardi-legging'.
The odd-looking creation that resembles something akin to an open romper, was worn twice by models who strutted down the laser-lit runway for her fall/winter 2012 collection in the City of Light.
Is it a romper Is a plane No it's a cardi-legging! Vivienne Westwood strayed from her 17th Century theatrics for a few of her looks and introduced a new concept to the catwalk
One ensemble paired a bright orange under-layer with a maroon cardi-legging while another khaki green look hinted at a more army-inspired theme.
jumped back and forth between the signature tweeds and
playful Elizabethan period costumes so typical of the daring British designer, and styles of the Seventies and
Acidic colours popped, and bright disco-inspired pieces contrasted with their theatrical and historical counterparts.
Another unexpected fashion moment was
the arrival of a model wearing an extravagant feathered number in sage, riding a bicycle.
Disco or inferno The famed British punk designer played with the idea of the all-in-one jumpsuit look
Surprise! Ms Westwood sent a model down the runway on a bicycle and made her own entrance with husband Andreas Kronthaler in a dress made of money (right)
In towering platforms, the model pushed her way along the catwalk, carefully straddling the bicycle, no doubt aware of the potential disaster that has met even the most accomplished of supermodels on the Westwood runway.
An alternative take on the all-in-one concept was a sparkling hologram-inspired catsuit with one leg cut off. A multi-coloured draped jacket added to the Seventies party era feel of the look.
Ms Westwood was accompanied down the catwalk with husband, Andreas Kronthaler, wearing a dress made of money.
The politically active designer used her entrance to make a plea on behalf of the environment, asking London to turn off its empty buildings' lights at night. 'We must change our habits to save our planet,' she said.