March 05, 2009 Paris
Speaking of inclement weather, Westwood dubbed her collection "+5°," as in the five degrees the earth's average temperatures are calculated to rise as CO2 levels skyrocket. The symbol appeared on T-shirts, and the message gave her a good excuse to extend the do-it-yourself/consume-less idea she put forth last season, this time via borrowed-from-your man's-closet big jackets. Amid Anderson's shenanigans and the political propaganda there were one or two moments that recalled Westwood's iconoclastic heyday: a Lurex-shot Edwardian jacket worn with baggy camo-print cargos for one, and a black dévoré velvet, one-shoulder, asymmetrically wrapped dress for another. But it would've required a few more for this collection to be taken seriously.