Gallery: Vivienne Westwood Debuts Gold Label Spring 2012 at Paris Fashion...

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“I have always loved the Mao cap, though I hate violent revolution.” Thus spake legendary British designer Vivienne Westwood, who cites China as the key inspiration behind her Spring/Summer 2012 Gold Label collection at Paris Fashion Week on Friday. Coupled with oversized 17th century corsetry, the Berbers of North Africa, and desertification as a result of climate change, and you have an idiosyncratic panoply of cobweb knits, tablecloth-lace wedding gowns, stiff brocade jackets, and ticking-stripe bedspread dresses that could only have sprung from the mind of the Godmother of Punk herself. But back to the Chinese. “I hope their traditional wisdom and experience from a culture going back to Confucius may help us to save the planet,” she says.

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