Tuesday, 26 January 2016

PORN STARS AND VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2016
In relation to yesterday’s post around the Spring Summer 2016 ad campaigns and their evolving style – see MCQ LOVES NAN – here’s another striking one from the queen of shock herself. Your looking at Colby Keller. Porn Star and new face of Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2016. It’s part of Westwood’s Mirror The World campaign and packs a visual punch even by the designers standards. Shot around the nooks and crannies of Venice – in an aim to highlight climate change among other topics and the damage done to the city – Keller lounges against brick and ruin with crisp, knee-high Westwood boots, red, pulled over naked legs. The skin tight briefs and knitted cardigan an unexpected contrast. Using fashion as a means to draw attention to a cause in this way is, I think, quite genius. The images bring up many questions about the scene – who's in the images, why a man in womens clothing, why the seemingly random and decaying locations? – Designers like Westwood are well known for championing a cause through their designs and shows, but are we going to see other designers follow suit and a rising trend in message loaded campaigns? A habit the fashion industry can’t seem to shake [see feminism, gender blurring etc], transforming every movement of significance into a six-month comercial comodity. Does it then spread any lasting messages with its international voice in that short period or is it simply a brief flirtation for headlines sake.