When I grow up I want to be Vivienne Westwood.
A true legend of our time, Dame Vivienne, fascinates and excites me. Born in 1941, which makes her 70 years old and still creating some of the most thought-provoking clothing out there. What I love about her designs is the combination of edginess with classic tailoring that celebrates the body and accentuates every curve.
Do I own any of her designs? Currently, no but I’ve fallen in love with this Bounty leather jacket and am taking a trip to her 44 Conduit Street store as soon as I can possibly get there.
VW’s first catwalk collection was in 1981, the year I was born – ‘The Pirate Collection‘. Then ‘Punkature‘ in 1983, followed by ‘Witches’, 1983-1984. How can you not love a woman that chooses these themes to inspire your wardrobe?
Now don’t expect any great depth to this post. I could talk about VW’s charitable work, her part in the punk movement – dressing The Sex Pistols in ’76, the fact that her son, Joe Coore, is the founder of Agent Provocateur, her countless awards and achievements or her political activism but I know very little.
I simply wanted to put into writing what an inspiration I find her and if you want to read more about VW’s views then take a peek at her blog.
If my budget would allow, I’d wear Vivienne Westwood clothing everyday and in the words of VW: “You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes.”