To top
11 Jan

Vivienne Westwood’s Colour Palettes For A War On Mediocrity

Vivienne Westwood A/W18Photography by Maria Ziegelboeck, Courtesy of Vivienne Westwood

As the unstoppable designer presents her A/W18 collection, Ana Kinsella examines its statement-making hues

This week Vivienne Westwood presented her latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2018, and with with her typical off-kilter joie de vivre – rather than staging a fashion show in the midst of a packed schedule, it was presented in the form of a short film, lookbook and corresponding essay titled Don’t Get Killed. Riffing on the theme of war and the contemporary world, the collection sees Westwood take colours often linked to the military or to warfare and reposition them as symbols of hope and optimism. Consider this the latest call-to-arms in Westwood’s own war against mediocrity – the latest chapter in her ongoing attempt to awaken us to the quiet tyranny of our modern way of...
Continue reading
9 Jan

Vivienne Westwood’s Latest Collection Is A Call-to-arms


The general at the forefront of the war against fast fashion and subsequently, climate change, is visionary Vivienne Westwood, who expresses all her frustrations and more in the call-to-arms that is her fall '18 collection. Bright knits, absurd circus-like patterns, steampunk androgynous styles in tweed and hemp all clarify that yes, this is indeed Westwood at her best.
Though the legendary British designer doesn't need to introduce herself and her aims in her explanatory statement of the collection, she does anyway, particularly because she's created playing cards like puzzle pieces, releasing a week at a time via for fans to complete and understand Westwood's message.

"Recently, I've released almost all of the Clubs," she writes. "Clubs mean War, and this theme runs through...
Continue reading
4 Jan

The Fashion Moments In 2018 You Won’t Want To Miss


Get your calendars ready

Are you, like us, struggling to come to terms with the fact that the holiday period is over and work has resumed once again? No? Just us? Well, either way, the good news is that the year is only three days in and there are already big fashion moments to look forward to in the coming months. From TV shows and exhibitions to new collections (obviously), here are some of the highlights of 2018 that you won’t want to miss.


Christian Dior AW00 Couture
Christian Dior AW00 Couture
After last year’s Comme des Garçons-dedicated exhibition, the Met Museum in New York announced that this year’s show would focus on Catholicism. Entitled Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the exhibition is set...
Continue reading
15 Dec

Yay! A New Vivienne Westwood Film Is Coming Next Year

Photography Pierre Verdy, courtesy of Getty

Mark March 23 on your calendars

2018 isn’t even here yet, and already we have something to look forward to. The iconic activist and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood is set to get her first feature-length documentary in March next year. The new film directed by Lorna Tucker – entitled Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist – will debut at Sundance, and include interviews with her friends, family, and collaborators. Westwood rose to prominence in the 70s, dressing the Sex Pistols and being at the forefront of the punk scene thanks to her and Malcolm McLaren’s boutique SEX. The designer continued to grow her brand through the 80s and 90s and designs today alongside partner Andreas Kronthaler. They presented a circus-themed SS18 collection earlier this year. Of course, in addition to design, Westwood is also known for her...
Continue reading
7 Mar

Vivienne Westwood Shows How To Do Punk Makeup Like Fashion Royalty

Today in Paris’s Ninth Arrondissement, mere steps from the Palais Garnier, Andreas Kronthaler presented his latest collection for Andreas Kronthaler Vivienne Westwood, one that seemed to reflect her subversive Anglomania roots with a surprising twist: stunning, prismatic eye art. Backstage, makeup artist Val Garland drew from a Technicolor paint palette, wrapping pigment around the eye in a loose-handed fashion. There was a slick of fuchsia, drawn into a blurred loop, alongside a broken bit of cobalt. Elsewhere, canary yellow and rich blue powder came pressed deeply in and around the lids for a rather striking effect, while basic black liner was equally elevated by a graphic treatment along the crease. It was a simple yet jaw-dropping use of color that felt...
Continue reading
17 Oct

Vivienne Westwood on that time she dressed up as Thatcher

Remember when we told you that you could soon read Vivienne Westwood’s diaries? Well, they’ve arrived – out this week, the 450+ page Get a Life! is a look inside the mind of the legendary designer, from shooting a campaign in Africa with Juergen Teller to visiting political outlier Julian Assange and taking trips to the Arctic. With entries beginning in 2010, the book is an up-close look at Westwood’s life and activism over the past six years, but also revists some famous past moments. Around the release of 2012’s The Iron Lady, she reminisces about the time she dressed up as Margaret Thatcher for a controversial (but brilliant) Tatler cover in 1989. Read it in an excerpt previewed below, and head to St...
Continue reading
13 Oct

Vivienne Westwood Says Hillary Clinton Is ‘Evil’ and a ‘Warmonger,’ So I Guess She’s Not #WithHer

Unlike many of fashion’s Hillary-loving designers, Dame Vivienne Westwood is not, it seems, #WithHer. Per Yahoo!, the always-outspoken designer taped an upcoming segment for British CNBC, wherein she calls the Democratic nominee “evil” and a “war mongerer” [sic]. Westwood, who has previously rapped against fracking and tried to deliver asbestos to the prime minister as a protest stunt, is hardly shy about her political views. Westwood was quick to add that she wasn’t a Trump fan, either, saying that she “would not vote for either of them … If there’s a Green person I would vote for the Green person. I wouldn’t even pick Barack Obama over them either.” Too bad Westwood is not a U.S. citizen, because she’d be throwing...
Continue reading
15 Aug

Vivienne Westwood Is the Latest Designer to Combine Her Women’s and Men’s Collections

Vivienne Westwood has joined a growing list of designers—Vetements, Gucci, Rag & Bone, and Public School among them—who have chosen to present combined men’s and women’s shows. Earlier today, Westwood’s team announced that her Fall ’17 men’s show in January—which usually takes place in Milan—will be now be shown in London, where she opened her first store the ’70s. The women’s show will also move up from its usual February slot to be shown alongside the menswear. (Gucci and Rag & Bone have shown their men’s and women’s collections “on schedule,” while Vetements and Public School will not show during a traditional women’s Fashion Week.) Westwood is no stranger to gender-bending design—her Spring ’17 men’s collection featured girls in oversize suiting,...
Continue reading
11 May

Vivienne Westwood Celebrates Unisex Clothing In New Project

The toga is one of the oldest garments in the world. Its storied history dates back to Ancient Rome, but it also features in contemporary fashion such as Vivienne Westwood’s SS82 ‘Savages’ show and, more recently, the designer’s Gold Label (now known as Kronthaler for Westwood) AW16 womenswear show. These togas, and unisex clothing more broadly, are the subject of Dame Viv’s latest project in which she gave five-up-and-coming creatives the opportunity to style and shoot them in their own way. For this project, which is unveiled today, Westwood enlisted filmmaker Luke Clayton Thompson, photographer and multidisciplinary artist Eleanor Hardwick, girl band Dream Wife, environmental activist Glacier Girl and jazz dancer Lee Bridgman. To make these images, these creatives collaborated with photographers including Dazed...
Continue reading
6 Mar

Designer Vivienne Westwood Interrupts Fashion Show to Cover Up Model’s Boob on Runway


Fashion drama!
At Saturday's Autumn/Winter showcase of her designs in Paris, fashion icon — and maybe most adorable person alive? — Vivienne Westwood took to the runway to cover up one of her model's exposed breasts. The 74-year-old designer jumped onto the catwalk and proceeded to adjust one of her looks that was revealing the model's boob. Luckily, this only lasted a moment and the show continued apace until the glorious end. (Related:  I want all of those clothes on my body right now.)


Writting by Laura Beck,
Source -

Continue reading