Vivienne Westwood autumn-winter fashion show

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 November, 2012, 4:55am

As expected, the Vivienne Westwood autumn-winter fashion show at the Convention and Exhibition Centre was quite a scene.

Hyperventilating fans queued for a glimpse of celebrities, photographers jostled for the best real estate and the fashionable and fabulous preened and posed in over-the-top finery - kilts, sequined unitards, gold lamé jumpsuits and tight tuxes - many sporting sunglasses.

The catwalk show at Wednesday's event was even more stunning. The collection was confident and resplendent, riffing with ease over the last 500 years of the British experience, from swinging London chic to the court of King Henry VIII.

The looks were exquisite, the models divine, but the highlight of the show was lyricist and stylist Wyman Wong Wai-man, flanked by models and draped in a voluptuous burgundy toga, a crown of metallic olive leaves on his head.

He paused to eat a few grapes as the room burst into spontaneous applause. All-round media personality Kam Kwok-leung also took a turn down the runway, made up like a flamboyant James Bond in a velvet-lapelled tuxedo.

After the show, Wong held court with the press.

"The first time I walked the catwalk was four years ago," he said. "At that time I was really fat and I'm even fatter now.

"I bet you haven't seen someone weighing 220 pounds [99.8kg] on the catwalk before. It was fun for me. I just hope it was fun for them."