By Emily Ardizzone
2012 will be a momentous year for the UK capital, and the new collections presented in London in this week will no doubt add to the growing feeling of excitement in the run up to the Olympic Games.
Londonâ€™s Fashion Royalty will all be present, from established design houses such as Aquascutum and Paul Smith, to new and emerging talent in the form of the Central St Martinsâ€™ Graduate show. Highlights of this yearâ€™s Fashion Week will include the first ever catwalk show for the late Alexander McQueenâ€™s diffusion line, McQ, and of course, Dame Vivienne Westwoodâ€™s Red Label collection.
Looking back to last yearâ€™s amazing display of â€˜Alice through the looking glassâ€™ inspired designs, Westwoodâ€™s Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 Red Label catwalk show will no doubt be a fantastically theatrical event that should not be missed.
Westwood, who celebrated her 70th birthday last year, showed her first ever collection (inspired by pirates) in London in 1981 and 31 years later, the Vivienne Westwood label is still going strong. Photographer Niall McInerney has witnessed the Westwood label grow and develop over the years first hand as a top catwalk photographer. You can see one of his iconic photographs from Westwoodâ€™s autumn/winter 93-94 collection featuring a young Kate Moss.
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If you are fascinated with Westwood and want to learn more, you can now see a free sample article from the Berg Fashion Library here â€“ available for a limited time only! Emily Ardizzone is the Editorial Assistant at Berg Publishers, an Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, with responsibility for the Berg Fashion Library and other fashion projects including the recently acquired Fashion Photography Archive.