In case you hadn’t heard, next week the citizens of Scotland will be voting on a referendum to secede from the United Kingdom, and declare—for the first time since 1707—its own sovereign state. For Americans reading this, Scottish independence is pretty much tantamount to Texas quitting the union and galloping off into the sunset with its vast oil reserves in tow. The Queen, to put it mildly, is not psyched. But if you thought that age or Queen-anointed dame-ness had dulled Vivienne Westwood’s lust for anarchy in the U.K., well, you don’t know Viv. At her Red Label show today, Westwood’s lobbying for a yes vote in Scotland—as in, Yes, let’s get the hell out of here—was front and center. Malcolm McLaren, meanwhile, must be giggling in his grave.
There were other statements on the Red Label runway, too—fashion ones, to be exact. These included big shoulders on jackets, for example, and sweater dressing and vaguely tribal jacquard. The show didn’t break much new ground—if you’ve seen one Westwood lass who looks a bit like a stowaway on an 18th-century pirate ship, you’ve pretty much seen them all—but it did serve up a few fresh looks. The tiered tops and dresses suspended like curtains evidenced that Dame Viv still has a cool idea or two up her sleeve. And as a fluid, floaty, tangerine-toned evening frock proved, the grande dame of punk really can drape like a god. A resounding “yes!” to that.