Saturday, July 5th, 2014

London, Paris, POSHGLAM

Super Fly | Vivienne Westwood For Virgin Atlantic

Vivienne Westwood Virgin Atlantic Uniform

Vivienne Westwood has always been fashion forward, but she’s taking her cutting edge design style to new fashion heights–literally. The Brit icon launched her much anticipated red hot uniform collection for Virgin Atlantic on Tues, July 1st, without a Union Jack or safety pin in sight.

Following the announcement of the partnership last year, Sir Richard Branson and Dame Vivienne Westwood, joined a host of other famous faces (Blondie, Naomi Harris, Goldie, Mark Ronson, Matt Smith and Dominic Cooper amongst others) at the Village Underground, London, for the uniforms unveiling. Unfortunately regular folks and passengers alike will have to wait till September 1st to be able to see the uniforms at airports and onboard the Virgin Atlantic flights.

The quintessential Brit known for her maverick punk spirit and ability to challenge the status quo in style (Pharrell’s hat has it’s own Twitter account now), was of course the perfect choice for Branson to reimagine Virgin’s (over a) decade old red uniforms. Their 7,500 staff including cabin crew, pilots, Clubhouse staff and Virgin Holidays employees, will be outfitted in the new uniform consisting of 22-pieces in total.

Inspired by 40s jet-set lifestyle and French couture cutting, the designer and her team created an ultra-feminine silhouette for the female crew. Westwood has often admitted her love of womanly curves and the female form, she has always been a fan of creating a more “glamorous look for the modern woman.” With many of her fashions known for being ‘body conscious’ and ‘cheeky.’ The ladies will be kitted out in a bright red, homage to her own ‘Bettina’ jacket–first seen in the early 90s–with a matching red pencil skirt. Virgin Atlantic’s female crew, will enviously also get an updated pair of her iconic hourglass heels (one of Westwood’s signature designs), in red… obviously. Finishing off their uniforms in a double breasted ‘drape coat’ with cinched waist. Which is absolutely stunning!

After 40 years in the business, her eye for tailoring and detail are impeccable, so the gents in the cabin will look equally sharp. Sporting a Savile Row inspired three-piece suit with a contemporary twist, in a deep burgundy Oxford weave wool. For male employees, I think it’s safe to say the skies will be looking much friendlier in a well- tailored Westwood.

The new addition of bags for ground staff has also been introduced by the Ethical Fashion Initiative in Nairobi, in collaboration with the International Trade Centre, United Nations. Made using recycled canvas, reused roadside banners, unused leather off-cuts, and recycled brass, produced in the Kibera slum, Nairobi. Which was an equally important factor to the eco-friendly fashion designer.

Original design and sustainability are top of the priority list for both Westwood and Branson in this long term partnership, with many of the items made with polyester yarn made from recycled plastic bottles, and a nano finish to extend the garments life and retain colour. “I am always trying to find fabrics that are more friendly to the environment – working with Virgin Atlantic they managed to research into this and find more eco fabrics,” said Westwood.

One can only imagine the joy of being paid to wear Westwood’s designs, as part of your daily work uniform, as you flit effortlessly between London, New York and Paris. This Autumn, I predict a sudden surge in Virgin Atlantic applications amongst fashionistas.

Vivienne Westwood Virgin Uniform

VIvienne Westwood Uniform Virgin Atlantic



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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

London, Milan, POSHGLAM

Vivienne Westwood Presents her New MAN…and Sculptures Made of Trash at Harrods London

Vivienne Westwood's Men

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. Vivienne Westwood TrashOK, 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.

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Fashion, Haute Couture, London, Luxury, POSHGLAM

Vivienne Westwood & Temperley London Pop-Up New Locations

Two British retail icons are brushing off their passports and bringing their brands to exotic places. Vivienne Westwood and Temperley London recently announced that each expands their retail offerings just in time for the holidays shopping season.

Vivienne Westwood will debut her first-ever store in Cardiff, Wales. The designer store will kick off with an exclusive VIP launch party presentation on November 1 with a guest list that will surely make your mouth water. The store signifies the expanding world of Vivienne Westwood throughout the UK. The shop will showcase all Vivienne Westwood collections in the epicenter of Wales, and will become the destination store for her fans and customers in Wales and the South West of England. The new store measures 2,600 square foot and draws inspiration from the original Vivienne Westwood flagship store on 44 Conduit Street, London. Situated in St David’s Centre in the historical and cultural city of Cardiff, the area is an excellent setting for the Avant-Garde and iconic Vivienne Westwood collections. The store features large theatrical windows and a stage adorned with classic Vivienne Westwood mannequins, fawn hoofed rails and a pink crystal chandelier and will stock a full range of Gold, Red & MAN Label, Anglomania, Anglomania + Lee jeans, Red Carpet eveningwear dresses and all accessories including shoes and bags.

Around the same time, Temperley London will open at The Gate Mall, a destination for luxury fashion in Qatar with a dedicated runway space. In addition, the shop will feature other leading brands such as Paul Smith, Givenchy, Moschino, Just Cavalli and Versus Versace. The store, which will also include the Temperley London mainline and Temperley Bridal, has been at the fingertips of Alice herself as she has overseen all of the interior design. The store is completely bespoke with white marble flooring throughout, black marble detailing, and personal touches such as changing rooms featuring Temperley own print wallpaper and individually sourced antique mirrors and chandeliers. ALICE by Temperley will be stocked at The Gate’s prestigious multi-brand boutique – all lines of Temperley World will be available at the Mall. We’re so going shopping there!

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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Canada, Diversity In Fashion, Fascism, POSHGLAM, POSHNOIR

Luxe Links | Britney Spears In Burberry, Pat Field With Kotex & Vivienne Westwood Doesn’t Like New York

+ Pat Field On Her Partnership With Kotex And What A Tampon Would Look Like If She Designed It – Fashionista

+ Bare Feet With Strangers – Losing Your Shoes For A Good Cause – Racked

+ Gucci’s Palm Beach Jubilee – WWD

+ Britney Spears In Burberry For ‘Till The World Ends” Video – BryanBoy

+ Vivienne Westwood Doesn’t Like New York – Vogue UK

+ Photoshop of Horrors: Elle Denmark’s Giraffe Fail The Gloss

+ Naomi Campbell’s Stylish Charity Fundraising – Telegraph UK

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011


Luxe Links | CFDA Shows Us How Designers Travel In Style, Fashion And Friends For Japan Initiative & Chat With Joe Zee Today On Facebook

+ H&M, Forever21 Going Large In Miami Beach – WWD

+ Vivienne Westwood Says Los Angele Will Be Unihabitable Within One Generation – CocoPerez

+ With A New Book, The CFDA Shows Us How Designers Travel In Style – Blackbook

+ Rumi Neely And Boyfriend Play Spies In Ralph Lauren – Refinery29

+ Chat with Joe Zee Today On Facebook About His New Show All On The Line – Fashionista

+ Victoria’s Secret Angel Wing Man Dishes On The Models’ Personalities And Is NASA Glove Guy – New York Post

+ CFDA Launches “Fashion And Friends For Japan” Initiative – CFDA

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