Usually, fashion and garbage don’t really go together. Actually, one might say that fashion and garbage never go together. However, when you add Vivienne Westwood and Harrods to the mix, the result can be environmentally friendly and even a little chic. At Harrods in Knightsbridge on January 8th, Westwood presented her MAN Autumn-Winter 2013/2014 collection alongside some, well, trash. To be precise, the sculptures, created by artist Joe Rush, were actually made from recycled urban waste, such as metal and found objects. The main structure of the exhibit, called ‘Rustang Sally,’ was constructed completely from disregarded Cadillac and Chevrolet parts. Westwood wanted the juxtaposition to inspire people to join her CLIMATE REVOLUTION campaign. OK, so the concept is kind of cool, definitely different, and clearly attention grabbing. While most designers are presenting their collections in more traditional ways, Westwood, with the help of Harrods, was able to preview her collection in an innovative way that allows an artist to showcase his work as well. But what about the clothes? The exhibit did show off a few pieces from her line, including a three-piece suit in head to toe plaid, a navy blue flight suit-esque piece very reminiscent of “Top Gun,” a varsity-type jacket, and lots and lots of herringbone print. Although I doubt the windbreaker/cape complete with clear visor will be seen on the streets, the rest of the preview seems wearable, impressive, and leaves me wanting more. Unfortunately, the full collection won’t be presented until January 13th in Milan. Until then, at least we know that one simple formula is sure to work: Vivienne Westwood + Harrods + Joe Rush + Trash – Ugly Windbreaker/Cape = a great menswear collection and some very cool sculptures.
In the fashion world, the term vintage is often used interchangeably as it relates to thrift stores, boho-chic style, celebrity red-carpet gowns, sustainable apparel, and eco-green garments. And while its association with words such as second-hand and Go-Green are overly used, vintage doesn’t always come for cheap. A rare vintage item can sometimes cost you more than this season’s hottest “it bag”. And that’s not even the worst part. One of the hardest tasks is actually finding a decent thrift shop that is both fashionable and thrifty-and by that we mean cheap. Which is why, we decided to scour some of the best vintage shops in London, a.k.a where you can go to town and back rocking the coolest rare items that have more history than most of your closet put together. What are you waiting for. Go ahead shop, and even barter if you like.
One of the more traditional places to shop thrift is Camden Market, otherwise known as Camden lock, the perfect spot for hipster apparel and cool crafts. While you’re there, make sure to check out Rokit, a vintage shop that began as a market stall in 1986 and has now four London stores. Rokit is frequently shopped by fashion stylists who use Rokit garments and accessories for fashion features in magazines. Favorite items include studded belts, military-inspired frocks, and one of a kind fedoras.
Absolute Vintage, titled the “best vintage shop in London” by In Style Magazine is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing clothing shops in London. Offering a massive selection of apparel, jewelry, shoes, bags, and accessories, you will need lots of times to scour its abundant racks. And if you can’t make it to London for Earth Day, at least visit its Online Shop.
And because no vintage find can be completed with out some mention of Vintage queen, Kate Moss (see above), we had to include one of her favorite thirft-shops Rellik. Located just next to Portebello Road this vintage boutique stocks designer duds from the 1920s to the 80s including Vivienne Westwood, Alaia, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, YSL, Pucci, just to name a few. So if you dig Naomi Campbell’s style or are desperate for vintage Vuitton or Alaia, this is the place for you.