Iconic British designer Vivienne Westwood and husband/Head of Menswear Andreas Kronthaler have produced a stunning menswear collection for spring/summer 2012. The ‘World Man SS 12’ collection boasts the Westwood trademark infusion of intricate design and tailoring with current social motives. In this instance, the inspiration for the line is the London 2012 Olympics.
By influencing all elements of cut, design and production, the Olympics becomes a recurring visual motif – creatively displayed through the use of statement Olympian prints, sportswear fabrics and a ‘British’ colour palette. Westwood’s renowned use of stripes, lines and checks is also executed beautifully, with structured jackets and tailored shorts adding an appealing formality to the collection. In keeping with the current seasonal trends, skillful layering and bold prints are displayed throughout the line too.
Whilst admiring the collection in its entirety, a piece that deserves particular attention is the Gold Label Jersey Vest. This striking knitted vest displays an exquisite balance of creativity with a remarkable cutting technique and attention to detail. Appearing denim like in appearance, this sleeveless safari inspired knit is simply ideal for mild spring days. Other notable pieces include the superb Union Jack Scarf Tee and the Rolls Royce Printed Trousers.
It appears Westwood has truly put her stamp on this global sporting event without ever compromising her renowned design fundamentals. With a heart set in tradition and social values. The ‘World Man SS 12’ collection is dedicated to the games and its athletes.
This bold and beautifully British collection ultimately strengthens the idea that whether it’s for fashion, sport or anything else. London is the place to be in 2012.