Westwood Wants Unisex!

Vivienne Westwood at her unisex show on Monday during London Fashion Week Men’s.

Vivienne Westwood at her unisex show on Monday during London Fashion Week Men’s.  Photo Courtesy of Tom Jamieson, The New York Times

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood returned to London Monday, the city that made her fashion famous, for London Men’s Fashion Week. Her latest show was unisex, with male and female models taking the runway in the same outfits, a wide range of styles including suits with wide lapels and flared pants, and flowing capes and tutus. Says Westwood, “Unisex may sound like a joke, but, in fact, it’s all about styling and being able to dress however you like. Swapping clothes with your partner means you can buy less, choose well and really make them last.

At 75, Westwood is thinking ahead. She came home to London, not because she was feeling nostalgic, but because she wants to make her company more environmentally friendly. Entitled, “Ecotricity” the show illustrates that in designing for men and for women, Westwood may be the first designer hoping to sell less than more. Still breaking ground! I’m buying it!

 

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“A Barbie That Looks Like Me” – Zendaya

12042687_991962730844771_8207745155061485015_nWhen I was little I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me. My … how times have changed.”

Beautifully said, Zendaya. Barbie® honored Zendaya for encouraging girls to “raise their voices” with a one-of-a-kind doll, presented recently at the Barbie™ Rock ‘N Royals Concert Experience on September 26 at the Hollywood Palladium.

The doll, created in Zendaya’s likeness, commemorated her iconic Vivienne Westwood look from the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet where she inspired us all to simply be ourselves. Zendaya hosted the Barbie Rock ‘N Royals concert, an experiential event benefiting VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Said Zendaya: “I’m excited to be a part of the new direction the Barbie brand is headed, specifically how they are celebrating diversity in the line and encouraging kids to raise their voices.”

Earlier this year, Barbie®  introduced more diversity into their Fashionistas® line, including twenty-three new dolls, featuring eight skin tones, fourteen different sculpts, eighteen eye colors and twenty-three different hair colors. Yes! I’m buying it!

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What’s in a quote? Sometimes, everything!

Karl Lagerfeld, via Harper's Bazaar

Karl Lagerfeld quote, via Harper’s Bazaar

When I first created my blog, I thought a lot about my message, content, and purpose. So, I created a page called “Fashion Quotes.” Why? Because I love words of inspiration, and want these words to carry us forward, as we start the conversation about fashion and self-esteem. How excited was I, when I saw that Harper’s Bazaar thought the same thing! Recently released: Famous Words of Fashion’s Greatest: Part Two.

One of my favorites is a simple quote from famed designer, Vivienne Westwood: “Buy less, choose well.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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The beauty of fashion’s authentic eccentric, Isabella Blow

Isabella Blow, photographed in 1996 - Photo credit Sean Ellis

Isabella Blow, photographed in 1996 – Photo credit Sean Ellis

Isabella Blow, was an English magazine editor, muse to British hat designer, Philip Treacy, and mentor to fashion designers like Alexander McQueen. She is now the subject of a new exhibit, “Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!” at Somerset House in London. In yesterday’s New York Times Style Magazine article, Extraordinary People, Andrew O’Hagan explores her life as a true eccentric. She is not the only one:

True eccentrics – the Isabella Blows, the Vivienne Westwoods, the Anna Piaggis and the Stephen Tennants, as if there could ever be more than one of each – are the kind of people whose entire existence is devoted to individuality and innovation. That’s what makes a real eccentric; they really mean it, and they’re willing to suffer for it. Their social function is to explode our preconceptions about what beauty is and what good taste means. Eccentrics raise the bar on the impossible.” ~ Andrew O’Hagan

I ask myself what it means to be so brave in your fashion choices that your style is not about standing out for standing out sake, but more about the reality that you have no other choice but to break the rules. You are simply following your heart. Food for thought for a Monday morning!

 

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