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Picked up this dress last week, its one of those 80’s weird things that are just so peculiar you can’t help but think they are cool – once the shoulder-pads have been binned that is! Its got something like a wicker basket print and a little bit of exposed middle. perfect with tutti-frutti sunglasses and cherry shoes.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, as always things get in the way, but I do like to get the chance to share older pieces from my wardrobe. The top and culottes are from the 1982 Savages collection by Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren. The fabric might be reminiscent to those of you old enough to remember the 80s as the cheesecloth which pot-towels used to be made of. You can wear it and dry off the dishes on it at the same time, practical!
┬áBen managed to find a great video of the collection on the runway which you can see on the Worlds End blog┬á
┬áHere is Vivienne wearing the same outfit in Worlds End and some of the other characteristic Savages prints. It only just occurred to me having the photos side by side we also have the same colour hair here!
Last time I wore my Savages jumper was at London Fashion Week last year – or was it the year before? Either way its one of my favourite collections and I love seeing pieces of it crop up here and there. You can still get the Apache print Pirate tops at Worlds End, as for the rest of it well you would have to hit up the vintage auctions!
Oh my gosh a blog post with actual photos, I know its been a while but I am finally getting settled in my new job and home. Not having a trusty team of photographers on hand means you will have to put up with the iPhone snaps too but I will do my best. Those of you on Instagram (@SuperElevated) will have seen my new friend already, the lovely gold Jaguar scarf by Cleo Ferin Mercury. Isn’t he lovely! I have had him draped over my shoulder for the past few weeks. Cleo’s scarves are utterly beautiful hand made from silk in the most striking of prints. What I really like about this scarf is that it’s an easy way to dress up a simple outfit, or vice versa if worn over a LBD you can tone down your outfit easily just by removing the scarf, useful if you have to adjust your style to your work place. Worn here with ┬átwo of my summer staples this vintage tshirt and pink skirt I’ve had for ages now. The purple bejewelled Terry de Havilland wedges usually live in my ‘fancy shoes case’ but I do break them ┬áout for special occasions they are so comfy for such a high shoe. They look amazing with turquoise nail polish, this sunny day caught me off guard though I’m afraid to say. I think I’m still in February can it really be spring already!
┬áWearing: all Vivienne Westwood – Gold Label ‘Climate Revolution’ jumper, ‘Roman 3-Strap’ sandals; Anglomania tartan ‘Kung Fu’ trousers; Japan licence socks; Lock & Co ‘Lennon’ cap
Spring has finally sprung and with the ensuing confusion of what to wear. Too hot, too cold blah blah blah. I think its almost time to pack away the heavy winter coats and swap them up for lighter jackets and blazers. This is what I have been wearing for this in between weather.
┬áWearing: Vivienne Westwood Red Label blazer and trousers; Charles Jourdan shoes; vintage shirt
┬áThis is my fake-French shirt, looks French, reads French but makes zero word of sense! It’s labelled made in Hong Kong so I am guessing someone who didn’t speak French copied the words from a restaurant menu or something!
Wearing: all Vivienne Westwood – Red Label blazer; Anglomania trousers; Gold Label shirts, Mary-Jane shoes; Japanese licence Climate Revolution socks
I promise to take some fabulous professional photos once I have settled in but here are some iPhone snaps of my new pad. Feels like I have been here a lot longer than 6 weeks, but the fact I seem to have only bought cushions with regards to furniture tells another tale. As does the sorry sight of the bedroom which looks like a carboot sale, sure I will get round to sorting it out eventually (possibly, maybe). I finally found a full length mirror which will be delivered soon so we can back to the business of fashion!
Being the font of all Westwood knowledge I’ve had a few questions regarding Pharrell Williams choice of head-gear for last nights Grammy awards. I can confirm it is a Vivienne Westwood Worlds End Mountain hat which he has worn on numerous other occasions. These hats were a fundamental element of the Buffalo look which originated in the Westwood-McLaren Nostalgia of Mud collection AW1982-83 and have graced the heads of those ballsy enough to wear them ever since. Pharrell gets extra cool points for his leather Adidas 3-stripe red leather jacket – I feel like I need one in my life! My girl Lauran already wrote a detailed post about Pharrells hat so do check it out. Purchased details can be made via the Worlds End blog / shop, the hats cost a very reasonable ┬ú85 and are still hand made in England.
┬áOne of the many Pharell’s hat memes, this one made me chuckle
Malcolm McLaren and the original Buffalo girls (and boys)
This photo was actually taken a while back to help out a blog reader who was working on a project illustrating how the trench coat is a timeless piece. I am wearing my vintage Burberry trench which I utterly love. Do you recognise the pose? I was reenacting the famous Meryl Streep pose in Kramer vs Kramer from 1979. The film was made 3 years before I was born so I think that proves the trench really is a keeper piece! The dress and boots are vintage finds too, but you can find similar chocolate brown boots in this Guess pair and I recommend ebay for finding vintage Burberry trenches.
Is it just me or are these so many Social Media options these days! I have been fully immersed in Instagram since getting my iPhone (and super grateful for its share to Twitter & Facebook function), but I keep getting told off by those of you who shun all forms of Social Media. So I decided I would keep on sharing just my very favourite Instagram snaps on the blog to try and make it fair to those of you without Instagram / those who see the same snap on all my channels! It is hard to please everyone I know, but I do try. Big thanks for all the lovely feedback on my Inspirations series, I hope to make it regular.
This pretty pink outfit is what I wore to see the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty last week at the Lowry. A lovely treat from my gorgeous friends┬á Z & A who spoil me and Mother of Pearl far too much. It was the first night off we had both taken in a long time so it was nice to get dressed up and get swept away for the night. I adore the ballet, the dancing, the costumes, the incredible orchestra, everything about it. It has been many years since I donned a tutu and leotard (must dig out those photos for you) but I did feel a little princess-like in this poufy Luella dress.
You might remember the agonising I did over it when I first found it in TK Maxx reduced from ┬ú600 to around ┬ú200. I didn’t wear pink, certainly didn’t do girly and really couldn’t afford to buy a dress I might never wear. But it had pockets and I love pockets. It also made a rather satisfying swishy sound when I walked. I made myself put it back on the rail and that was that. I went home and thought about it. Thought about it a bit more. Went back for it and alas it was gone.
A few weeks later, I was back in the store and there it was, magically it appeared on the sale rail. I figured that was fate and took it home with me. Some how I now find myself with the exact same dress in orange and┬á a skirt version of this dress too. Obsessively addictive personality, me? I paired it with other fanciful things and off I went, a fairytale night in a fairytale outfit.
┬áI caught my dad Googling me today, why I’ve no idea however I couldn’t help having a look too. Amongst photos from my blog and cringy shots of me taken when I wasn’t looking at events I found these old photographs of a Miss Pearl Westwood from Springville, Utah. The photographs are on the Brigham Young University library and there are four photos of Pearl and other Westwood’s presumably her family from the 1880s-1920s all taken by George Edward Anderson. I would love to know more about her but there is no more information, she was certainly a fan of fashion wearing a lace up shirt and carrying a patchwork bag. The photographs were taken in a studio with what looks to be a rather odd set design of an oriental screen and wooden fence. I found a little more about her on Ancestry.com born 15th September 1901, to Joseph William Westwoodand Nellie Elizabeth Noble. Pearl married John Ford Clark. Pearl married Otis Afton Decker. She passed away on 1986 in Grass Valley, Nevada, California, USA.
I always think names are very interesting, their meaning and associations. Would you have led a different life given a different name? I always remember this story about a man who names his two sons Winner and Loser, a twist of fate perhaps?