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Paris Fashion Week: Vivienne Westwood draws inspiration from Peruvian tribe

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British designer Vivienne Westwood, left, and her husband Andreas Kronthaler acknowledge applause at the end of Westwood's ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris.

British designer Vivienne Westwood, left, and her husband Andreas Kronthaler acknowledge applause at the end of Westwood's ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris. Photo: AP

Briton Vivienne Westwood's show during Paris Fashion Week featured laser lights flashing high above the heads of the audience at the vast, atmospheric Louvre Oratory while a huge screen spelled out Westwood's name letter by letter in neon.

Drawing inspiration from the Ashaninka tribe in Peru, Westwood said her autumn/winter 2014-2015 collection was also a "free interpretation" of the work of Charles Frederick Worth, the 19th-century English designer considered the founder of Paris couture.

Her collection combined military green, a reference to the "fight for the environment", which is close to Westwood's heart, the Ashaninka tribe's adornments and Worth's famous tulle, representing morning mist.

Inspired: Westwood's ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 collection.

Inspired: Westwood's ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 collection. Photo: AP

Never knowingly understated, Westwood's models sported big hair, big hats and bright face paint.

In one look, a pale green floor-length robe cut away at the front was teamed with a voluminous, pink cape with cascading frills and silver trim.

Big shoulders were alternately outrageous, such as a crimson evening gown with huge puffed black sleeves, and wearable, as in another evening dress covered neck to toe in black and silver embroidery.

The show featured big shoulders and sleeker looks.

The show featured big shoulders and sleeker looks. Photo: AP

Sleeker looks included a dark green tailored jacket and slouchy skirt teamed with a low slung belt and boots laced to just below the knee.

Nine days of ready-to-wear shows for autumn/winter 2014-2015 run until Wednesday, when the collections wrap up with the season highlight - Nicolas Ghesquiere's debut at Louis Vuitton following the departure of Marc Jacobs.

AFP

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