Vivienne Westwood

From one great fashion designer to another. After my post on Alexander McQueen I wanted to learn more about British designers famous for making a statement with their work, not being afraid to stand out. Vivienne Westwood. Do I really need to say anything else? What speaks more than her collections is her story. It’s been really interesting for me to look at a timeline of her creations seeing how they have evolved. Although being notoriously known for incorporating punkish influences and sex in a lot of her work, I think many of her collections compliment her originality whilst also having a modern twist…this can only lead to a beautiful outcome. It turns out that designing was not something she initially set out to do but in fact developed into a passion a few years after she broke through. From starting off her career by opening a shop with her partner selling rock and roll records and clothes from the 50’s period, to designing clothes for The Sex Pistols, it’s definitely clear that Westwood was never and has never been scared to expose her raw individuality. I mean in the 70’s the hippy movement was up in full swing, she rejected this dominant craze. Fashion (Westwood) and music (The Sex Pistols) combined gave birth to British Punk culture.

Westwood Today

Westwood has said that she was proud to be apart of the punk movement however, has said that has moved away from it. I’m personally impressed at how diverse her work is. After comparing her past collections with her more recent ones, you’d think it was two different designers. The Spring/Summer 2010 collection is now viewable on her website, below are some of my favourite pieces from the red label. Unfortunately the men’s collection and gold label are unavailable at present. However, I may update this post once they are made available.

I love the soft pastel colours used in this collection, its appropriate for the season. There’s also a lot of shape and texture that make these outfits interesting to the eye. Head wear should not go unnoticed but my favourites piece has to be the embroidered blazer jackets. They’re beautiful, throw them over a simple dress or blouse and you’re ready to go…so classy. Be careful though, like I said what you wear underneath has to be simple…no glitzy sequins or fancy tops because they’ll overpower the blazer and it could all look too much.

It’s not all about fashion though. Westwood has stressed on numerous occasions her concern toward climate change, The Gaia hypothesis to be precise. In a recent interview she said if there was anything else she could do professionally it would be to make a TV show addressing environmental issues and climate change. Who would have thought hey? Definitely an interesting character to say the least.

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