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, Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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.

Vivienne Westwood's ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris, Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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.

A model presents a creation as part of Vivienne Westwood's ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris, Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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