Pamela Anderson shakes up Vivienne Westwood show

Fri Mar 6, 2009 3:24pm EST
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By Sophie Hardach

PARIS (Reuters) - Actress Pamela Anderson wiggled down the catwalk to a whooping audience on Friday and Vivienne Westwood told fashionistas to fight economic crisis by wearing a back-to-front shirt.

Huge safety blankets folded into coats and out-of-control pink tulle added Westwood's trademark rebellious touch to the show, culminating in Anderson twirling down the catwalk first in a tutu and then in a skin-tight T-shirt.

Backstage after the show on the elegant Place Vendome a few steps away from the French justice ministry, orange-haired Westwood shared a few tips for dispelling the economic gloom as the Paris womenswear shows got into full swing.

"Buy less, choose well, mix it all. Wear your shirt back to front, that way you get two ways of wearing your shirt," British designer Westwood told reporters.

Apart from the tulle extravaganza, she included a range of dresses and jackets that could easily be worn to the office, continuing the trend toward wearable, sellable pieces seen in New York and Milan.

Asymmetric wrap dresses and tunics in sea green and greyish blue, a black pinstripe dress and draped tops were meant to give shoppers the option to buy one special piece and combine it with whatever they had in their wardrobe.

"I still sell a lot of stuff, it doesn't seem to affect me," Westwood said about the downturn that has hit retailers from highstreet labels to luxury brands.

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<p>Actress Pamela Anderson is seen backstage before the start of British designer Vivienne Westwood's Fall/Winter 2009/10 women's ready-to-wear fashion collection during Paris Fashion Week March 6, 2009. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen</p>