Legendary punk designer Vivienne Westwood has a flair for the colorful, the dramatic, the outlandish, the shocking, the absurd… but certainly not the tame. Nor the shy, for that matter: everything Vivienne touches, from her flaming orange hair to her punk-infused collections, is intended to Make A Statement. It’s kind of her MO. For her latest venture, the Autumn 2013 show for her eponymous Red Label, the British visionary sent models down the runway in what would best be described as… cartoon makeup. Saturated primary colors, exaggerated outlines done in stark black or white, and blanked-out faces resulted in a look that was very “Roy Lichtenstein goes to the kabuki.” This is a Look with a capital “L” that should not be attempted off the catwalk, but as for on it? It was a hit — and it provided the perfect foil for Vivienne’s soft metallics and loose, lovely grunge-girl knits.
Jemima Khan, writing for the New Statesman in the spring, asked [Vivienne Westwood] if she was an antifeminist, so I thought I’d check out how consistent her views are: is she a feminist? She says not, because she doesn’t see why women in ‘the privileged world’ need to be. She can’t see the point of fulminating and agitating in order to prove that you are as good as a man. ‘Another reason is because I live in the privileged world I would never accept the idea that somehow I am a victim of society. Just by being born a woman!’ But she definitely feels that ‘women in – other cultures, let’s call it – should be supported. And in our culture if they are somehow in the position of victims. But I think men are victims just as much really and I think in our society it would be really scary to be a man.’
This is an excerpt from writer Vicki Woods profile of designer Vivienne Westwood in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. I definitely disagree with Westwood’s reasons for not calling herself a feminist; it’s almost as if she’s suggesting women in America or the UK don’t experience sexism. What about the amount of women and girls who are raped? What about old, white male politicians who try to make medical decisions for us? What about sexual harassment? What about equal pay? All those things still happen all the time in privileged cultures. Keep reading »
New York Fashion Week is just the beginning … after the tents in New York shuttered, the fashion industry quickly hopped across the pond for London Fashion Week, where designers like Matthew Williamson and Vivienne Westwood began showing their spring/summer 2013 collections. Williamson was his usual bright and boho, Westwood put prim models on the walkway with improper green makeup, and Topshop Unique kept things black, white and sheer. Check out those collections and more, after the jump! Keep reading »
Iris Frost, the 12-year-old daughter of Jude Law and British actress Sadie Frost, finds herself at the center of some undeserved controversy after she wore a particularly cheeky dress yesterday while sitting front row at Vivienne Westwood. The Peter Pan-collared dress, which her mum said Iris had received as a gift, featured a print of candy hearts brandishing phrases such as “Blow Me,” “Drink Poison,” “Choke,” “Eat Shit,” and “Please Drown.” I don’t know where the contention stemmed from, but Sadie found it necessary to take to Twitter in order to explain the situation, saying, “I seem to have upset people and am shocked myself … Iris is a sweet, innocent girl.” I don’t buy it that neither Sadie nor Iris knew what it said on the dress, but I don’t care, either, because I think it’s awesome. Yes, she’s twelve, but I had much nastier things to say at that age than “I Hate You” and “Die Slowly.” All this dress tells me is that Iris Frost is pretty damn cool for a 12-year-old. [The Gloss]
“People have never looked so ugly … We are so conformist, nobody is thinking. I’m a fashion designer and people think ‘what do I know?’ but I’m talking about all this disposable crap. So I’m saying buy less, choose well, make it last.”
– Brit icon and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, speaking at her London show for her Red Label collection. I 100 percent agree with her — though I probably wouldn’t call anybody ugly, of course. [NY Mag.com]