October 03, 2005 Paris
Still, London's grande dame of punk has certainly earned the right to speak her mind, and she remains a muse for many of fashion's current up-and-comerswhich may explain why her extreme, fitted jackets and tousled, asymmetric ball gowns looked familiar. (Her signature tartans, in fact, had made an appearance across the Seine earlier that very morning at Junya Watanabe.) She stayed one step ahead of the youth brigade, though, with her knits, which looked great in muted intarsias. And those taffeta dresses were pure Westwood, with their echoes of both high school proms and Rembrandt. They could have been designed with one of her more conspicuous celebrity guests, nouveau burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, in mind. Despite the 11:30 a.m. time slot, Von Teese's trademark décolletage was on full displayhere clearly was one customer not inclined toward slogan tees.