My personal favourite looks from the Vivienne Westwood MAN AW13 Collection. Absolutely adore the new tartan suits, bold knitwear and oversized capes and tunics. You can see the full collection on Vogue.com. How gorgeous is the snap of Vivienne and Andreas talking their finale walk.
Should almost any other designer quote ‘urban commuter’ as a reference for their latest collection, I am sure you would join me in an eye roll. I mean, could you imagine Donatella Versace or Tom Form on the tube? Of course not, however always true to her words Dame Vivienne Westwood can regularly be seen hopping on and off the tube, that’s when she isn’t riding her bicycle (usually in sky high shoes). An introduction to the collection was presented at Harrods – in the loading bay, with sculptures made from urban waste. the aim to inspire people to join her Climate Revolution.
“The revolutionary sculptures made from recycled metal and found objects that are featured within the installation were created by London born artist Joe Rush. The main structure, is entitled ÔÇÿRustang SallyÔÇÖ and was built by both Joe and artist Alex Wreckage to journey across the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA. It was created entirely from disregarded Cadillacs and re-cycled Chevrolet parts.
Both Vivienne Westwood and artist Joe Rush share a common culture and interest in defending the planet- so joined together their talent, their indignations and their combativeness in an artistic and political process.”
The clothes reflected the theme well, with a real street wear edge. Hoodies with visors, drop crotch trousers pair with high-tops, abstract leopard print knits and my personal favourite the plus-fours in coloured houndstooth. Reflective strips were use, a design quirk seen on her AW12 Gold Label suiting and presumably practical for riding your bike whilst looking stylish. For the more classic gent trademark tartan suits were present in lush plum tartan, as were soft wool tailored over coats.
The full collection will be show in Milan, 13th January.
(Images courtesy Vivienne Westwood)
Vivienne Westwood ‘Savile’ jacket in tartan tweed,┬á with wool trousers and waistcoat. Velvet smoking slipper ‘Rocking Horse’ shoes, 1996. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
A striking ensemble in the V&A fashion gallery. Classic Westwood tailoring featuring a ‘drunken’ tailored waistcoat and ‘Teddy Boy’ structured jacket. The tartan and velvet slippers for a real country gent look -with a twist!
This outfit always reminds me of my fabulous friend Chris as I could just see him wearing it. I also like seeing continued use of traditional tartans in Westwood work, the dark green, blues and greys have been a firm favourite Even this season the Menswear featured a stunning selection of suiting in the Black Watch tartan. The Smoking Slipper Rocking Horse shoe is not longer produced however the slipper style has been back with a bang this past year thanks to Mr Louboutin’s ‘Rollerball’ studded slipper. Westwood have produced the most stunning Union Jack printed slipper which would be the perfect finish to a dark tartan suit. I admit if they had come in smaller sizes I would have bought myself a pair. Good job I have so many male friends I can play dress up with!
Do you ever dress up your friends in your mind? Or imagine who might have worn the clothes on display?
Not quite the Easter Bunny, but since it is Easter and well it is a bunny! The bunny and the rest of the outfit belong to Lawrence, who is wearing Zara trousers – and bunny umbrella case, Luelle shoes and vintage Biba trench. I took this photo of him on a very windy day last week.
I have total shoe envy over his achingly cool smart shoes, I really do like a pointy toe. The ‘Dave‘ by Brett & Sons offers a similar style in a gloss black patent, or the ‘Gauwyn‘ with an embroidered toe detail.
That’s it, London fashion week AW12 is over. The season ended with Menswear and went out with a bang. There is some seriously hot talent in Menswear, which is often over looked with all the hoopla for Women’s wear. Kate Moss sitting front row with husband Jamie Hince at James Small gave the day a celebrity hit which is very much needed to gain exposure for the the designers.
For autumn/ winter you would be forgiven for mistaking these trends for summer. There were lots of bright colours including sunshine yellow and neon pink, plenty of cut-out details, crochet and mesh, even shorts, yes shorts for winter.
On the street the looks were dapper, many favouring full suiting or simple elements such as a blazer, brogues or cravat. Prints were were also chosen by many, echoed in the runway collections, subtle pastel prints will be big news come autumn. All this sounds very formal yet quite the opposite is true. Sportswear influences will always be popular on the street be it trainers with a suit or a casual rucksack.
One lesson we should learn from the guys is their eye for detail. This is something I actually feel many Menswear retailers are missing a trick with. The department stores are very drab, even monotonous with row upon row of extremely similar merchandise. Yet the men are just as keen, actually perhaps more interested in finding something unique in this mass market world. Talking to guys today from a range of ages and backgrounds the majority wanted something special, something different, perhaps limited edition or rare vintage. One group of well dressed young men got really excited telling me how they shopped, how they found a piece to complete their look. From new season Nike’s to bargains in TK Maxx, one thing is for sure, guys love to shop and image is everything!
FPOW + TK Maxx for LFW
(Kate Moss image via Grazia Live)
I though the make-up and styling for the frozen explorers of the MAN AW12 collection wear absolutely wonderful. The models took the runway with icicles dripping from their snow dusted hair and beards. With pale circles around the eyes where their goggles have been and frost bitten lips. It was also a pleasure to see one of Westwood’s most iconic designs return, the ‘Clint Eastwood’ jacket (runway image 1), which is actually a unisex piece. Beautiful suiting as always this seasons maroon paired with crimson and wonderful patchwork tartan were strong.┬á The collection wasn’t without a serious message however, hear is what Dame Vivienne had to say:
Vivienne Westwood MAN AW12
“Our collection is in support of David AttenboroughÔÇÖs documentary series ÔÇÿThe Frozen PlanetÔÇÖ,┬áwhich will go to America but unfortunately without the final episode where he explains that we humans are responsible for the ice melt. So we took the polar explorers as our heroes and we love polar bears. Barack Obama never mentions the words climate change.┬á
If our leaders would admit the fact of climate change and conduct their politics from that perspective then we might have a chance ÔÇô we have 10 years at the most to stop it.┬á
How impossible it is for us to imagine ourselves victims of disaster. We suffer for the poor people who were thrown into the sea from their cruise ship off the coast of Tuscany, some losing their lives. Imagine a world of accelerating natural disasters, one after the other so that nobody can help anyone else.┬á
Public opinion is the only thing that will save us.” Vivienne Westwood
GreenUp! Europe Campaign
I was approached by the United Nation Environmental Programme to design a t-shirt for their GreenUp! campaign ÔÇô when you start doing things you find people come to you. TheyÔÇÖre starting with a terrific idea which is to plant corridors of trees to link EuropeÔÇÖs forests. This new initiative is about triggering new habits for a greener Europe and for greener economies. I have created a design for UNEP in support of the project. ItÔÇÖs a really practical idea and it raises public awareness ÔÇô itÔÇÖs great for the environment, great for people, great for animals.
My design has been printed on a t-shirt provided by sustainable manufacturers, ANVIL. The ÔÇÿTree-shirtsÔÇÖ will be sold exclusively through YOOX.com on a worldwide level and in our Milan shop during menswear fashion week with all proceeds to be donated to the GreenUp! fund, helping to re-plant trees in EuropeÔÇÖs worst affected regions.
As you all know far too well by now I like to walk around looking like Dame Vivienne Westwood vomited her Gold Label collection all over me, in fact so do some of my friends. What I wasn’t all that sure about was whether anyone else was quite as obsessed as us. My question was answered when I spotted my Gage shirt from S/S11 walking down the road. I know these shirts weren’t made in any great number and I also know that that it wasn’t going to be any kind of wall flower to choose the bold tartan version. In all this over excitement I forgot to ask this stylish chaps name hopefully he might see this and let me know or you know him perhaps? Either way he pairs his Gage shirt perfectly with a cherry red VW Worlds End John Bull hat, a fantastic neon perspex clutch (by Simone Rocha) and luminous yellow sneakers, my kinda guy!
UPDATE: This is Jason, he is a mutual friend of a couple of my friends, isn’t it a small world, you can also check out his blog.