Vivienne Westwood Spring 2013 | Runway

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2013

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2013 | Runway

Everything about Vivienne Westwood's Spring 2013 collection — from its setting at the British ambassador's residence to the crowns some of the models wore down the runway — brought a celebration of English greatness to Paris Fashion Week.

Westwood called this show Climate Revolution, though it wasn't as heavy on sending a political message as her Red Label show was during London Fashion Week. Instead, this offering took Westwood's signature tricks (draping, ruching, corsetry, and the like) and refreshed them with lighter fabrics and whimsical decorative treatments. A rose taffeta gown featured a side cutout, a bow tied at the waist, and a few sparkly brooches for good measure; later in the show, a strapless, patterned bodysuit acted as the vehicle for three oversize butterfly appliqués.

For all that glittering refinement, there was lots of punk attitude in this show. Some looks were paired with sheer leggings and boots or sneakers, and all the models had heart shapes painted onto their faces.