Urban Commuter: Vivienne Westwood MAN SS13

Vivienne Westwood AW 13-14 a

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.

vivienne-westwood-presentation-london-collections-3-09012013-jpg_110957  Vivienne Westwood AW 13-14 bVivienne Westwood AW 13-14 dVivienne Westwood AW 13-14 cvivienne-westwood-presentation-london-collections-09012013-jpg_110956

(Images courtesy Vivienne Westwood)

A Vivienne Westwood Country Gent

DSC_3672

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!

DSC_3678

Do you ever dress up your friends in your mind? Or imagine who might have worn the clothes on display?

Street Style: Men in Knits

Couldn’t resist sharing these two fabulous young men looking super stylish in Knitwear. I often find knits get bad press, boring old jumpers worn out of necessity rather than for sartorial pleasure. Especially with menswear there isn’t always too much choice, either plain black or novelty Christmas fun. All good in their own way but why not make a splash, be a little daring? Vivienne Westwood is the Queen of edgy knitwear, her Gold Label collection show casing deconstruction, raw edging and asymmetry. The guys above are both wearing pieces of Gold Label. If you want something a little more classic the Vivienne Westwood MAN collection offers fine tailoring and very wearable pieces. Gary Barlow, voted one of GQ’s best dressed men is a fan amongst others.

Vivienne Westwood MAN, wool tweed jacket, burgundy sweater, orb logo beanie hat all available from Jules B

The MAN collection is designed by Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne Westwood’s husband of 19 years. Just like his wife, Andreas is the perfect person to advertise his wears. The poster boy wears traditional suiting just as well as he rocks a kilt, it is all about having fun as much as looking good.

Andreas Kronthaler

What’s Hot for Autumn Winter 2012

Bling, bling, gorgeous things! I went to check out what Harvey Nichols had in store for A/W 12 and I have to say it had me wishing it was December already. Looking at all the wonderful party dress – jewel colours of emerald and topaz, had me longing for the party season to get into swing, just add your dancing shoes. Whilst the array of thick, colourful knits made ‘Christmas jumpers’ cool again. The ever so popular YSL ‘Arty’ rings are back in fabulous new styles and colour, gob-stopper cocktail rings are the perfect addition to your party look. Isabel Marant once again reigns as queen of casual Parisian chic pairing Navajo knits with flirty white dresses and tasseled wedge boots. For me the one thing which screams ‘this season’ are the dark florals, wear them in knitted dresses from McQ by Alexander McQueen and Just Cavalli or Alexander McQueen’s satin clutch to feel instantly up to date. What am I lusting after? If I can only choose one thing it would have to be something with the Givenchy Rottweiler print, beautifully wild.

Menswear echoed ladies wear with the popularity of prints, anything from colourful birds to rich paisleys and even a splash of leopard print will add depth to deep tartans and flannels. Deep plums and all shades of blue feature heavily. What really caught my eye was the attention to detail this season, giving a real sense of luxury. Alexander McQueen ‘holster’ shirts, velvet lapels and the Christian Louboutin leopard print studded iPad case add lust worth interest.

Harvey Nic’s are offering a fantastic selection of new designers this season including Ashley B, Kenzo, Lanvin sunglasses, Faith Connection, Mason Scotch, Cut 25, 2nd Day and Temperley for Barbour.

In the beauty department there is the brand new Bobbi Brown make-up studio an the exclusive Florabotanica by Balenciaga. I know it’s early to be talking about Christmas but there were lots of lush things if you have gifts in mind, the new compact sets from Benefit in their quirky book styles, perfumes from Penhaligons and the new Blackberry and Bay scent range from Jo Malone.

We had a fun time trying out the new handbags, here Anna-Louise and Siobhan from Style etc Magazine, model the Victoria Beckham ‘Harper’ and Givenchy ‘Rottweiler’ bags. Whilst we all couldn’t resist giving the new sunglasses from Celine and Prada a whirl.

It is safe to say I’m all ready for the new season, how about you?

You can see more from the day in my FaceBook album

Outfit: Alien Jacket- Oversized Men’s Tailoring

(Wearing: all Vivienne Westwood – World’s End ‘Alien Jacket’, ‘Alex’ belt, ‘Animal Toe Court shoes in black suede, Gold Label ‘Gage’ shirt; American Apparel leggings)

┬áI’m not really into the wearing of leggings instead of trousers, I prefer to wear them under dresses or skirts. But I have a selection of oversized shirts which come down long enough to get away with it and I think this is a great look, a bit sexy. A look I wear all the time.┬á What I don’t usually do is wear a jacket over the top but it was chilly so I threw on this Alien jacket, with the over sized shirt and oversized tailoring it is quite a masculine looks so definitely needed heeled court shoes and a slick of lippie to balance it out. A bright pink belt for an extra girlie touch!

Outfit: Subtle Jubilee

(Wearing: vintage leather jacket and t-shirt from Pop Boutique, Chanel belt, Zara skirt, Primark socks, Vivienne Westwood shoes, Wendy Brandes exclamation ring and Gembid topaz ring)

Fond as I am of flags, bunting and other Union Jack emblazoned memorabilia, I prefer to look at it rather than wear it. Unless of course anyone wanted to lend me a gobstopper sized diamond brooch like the Queen’s I decided to do the Jubilee a tad more subtly. So I wore my Union Jack buckled belt from Chanel’s Paris-London Pre collection AW2007. Rich wore his new Drunken trousers which have a subtle red, white and blue tartan.

I am wearing my new leather jacket I bought in Pop Boutique, I can’t get enough of the ‘wings’ on the back.

(Rich wears: Alex Christopher ‘Original’ shirt, Vivienne Westwood World’s End ‘Drunken’ trousers and cuff, Vivienne Westwood ‘Hammerhead’ shoes, skull ring and necklace)

It has been quite nice watching the Jubilee proceedings this weekend, seeing everyone get into the spirit of things, I adore the Queen. Such a shame it has been sullied by the Workfare scandal. I don’t usually use this blog as a platform for this kind of thing but since there is so far a news blackout around it I think it is really important to help raise awareness. I have voiced my opinion before that I do not agree with any form of unpaid work for commercial companies such as internships, but seeing people hurt and mistreated is simply not acceptable. Lets hope a full inquiry is launched.

Street Style: Easter Bunny

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.

Happy Easter!

LFW AW12: Round Up Day 6

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)