Vivienne Westwood Releases Fall 18 Fashion Film ‘Don’t Get Killed’


Vivienne Westwood has today released a short fashion film ahead of her Fall/Winter 18-19 collection, titled “Don’t Get Killed.”

It takes viewers behind the scenes of Westwood’s campaign photoshoot for her upcoming new collection, and features some words of wisdom from the designer herself.

“Happy new year, world,” she begins. “I designed a set of playing cards, which is a strategy to save the whole world. Collect the cards, connect the cards. I am here at a photoshoot for our new collection. And it’s got a theme of war running through it. And here they are, printed as prayer flags. Because, don’t forget, when you connect the cards, then it brings peace.”

Westwood has explored this concept of playing cards in the past – in a press release on her site describing her Spring 18 collection, the queen of punk explains: “Everything’s connected, you can collect them like football cards; it is also a plan of action, a survey map. If we connect the dots, we can win the fight for the free world, first step: Switch to [sic] Green Energy Supplier.”

A feature-length documentary on Westwood titled Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is set for release this year, and will compete in the World Documentary Cinema Competition later this month at Sundance Film Festival.

Take a look at the Fall/Winter 18-19 campaign film below.


Vivienne Westwood Condemns Trump’s Climate Change Decision

Vivienne Westwood sat down on Good Morning Britain to talk climate change and had some sharp words for America’s President. As a reminder of the modern nightmare we’re living in, Trump just recently announced his intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which involved almost 200 of the world’s nations commiting to reduce carbon emissions by 1.6 billion tons by 2025.

“It’s a terrible disaster what’s happened if Trump is going as far as this,” said Westwood. “You know, America, the most important country in the world with the most powerful propaganda machine ever, and he is stopping the clock, so that any progress made in cutting pollution is now cut back – meanwhile, he is working for the fossil fuel industry.”

Westwood has secured her spot as the coolest veteran designer in the ring with her outspoken advocacy against climate change, and her site Climate Revolution.

“What we need to do is change to a green economy. And I’ve started a thing to change, and I’d love to tell you about it.”

“We haven’t got the time, Vivienne,” an anchor responds.

“Switch to green energy. And we’re going to get half of the country to do it in three years, starting with the fashion industry. Britain must lead the way if America is going backwards. The whole world is going forward – he’s stopping the clock and going backwards.”

While she didn’t get to explain her entire initiative to bring Britain into green energy on camera, you can read all about her work at Climate Revolution.

Despite Trump’s Paris decision, the governors of the governors of California, Washington, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as 30 CEOs of major companies, including 3M, Bank of America, Campbell Soup, Cargill, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Corning, Dow Chemical, DuPont, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pacific Gas and Electric, Procter & Gamble, Tesla, Virgin Group and the Walt Disney Company, have all pledged to continue the plans laid out in the Paris Accord. Both Massachusetts and Vermont’s governors are Republican.

Take a look at Westwood’s entire Good Morning Britain spot below:

Pamela Anderson is the Star of Vivienne Westwood’s Provocative New Campaign

All Photography by Juergen Teller for Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood

In the new SS 17 campaign for Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, Pamela Anderson stars in a straw-inspired ensemble and is joined by a cast of ultra-glam faces in boundary-pushing looks. The campaign was shot by Juergen Teller on the island of Hydra, Greece, where he has a home.

“I love the spontaneity,” Anderson told Dazed. “I was in London. Andreas asked me to come to Greece with them. This time we were shooting at Juergen’s home. I love the apocalyptic feel when we shoot. A warrior comes over me and it feels like life and death. How will we survive the climate and over population? We may all become cannibals – or eat rocks. I have learned from Vivienne that each day is an opportunity,” she continues. “That I cannot be silent. I must be specific and work very hard every day to engage in the world. As a reader and art lover – and activist.”

Check out the sick campaign images in the following slides.

Malcolm McLaren: Renaissance Man & Vivienne Westwood’s Baby Daddy


Those who declare themselves punk or glam have Malcolm McLaren to thank, should they care to, (though Lou Reed might have taken issue) for directing punk’s style beginnings from a shop on King’s Road in London. McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood opened the shop, Let It Rock – later renamed SEX – and it was there that they sold clothes and records and made costumes for the New York Dolls out of red patent leather.

McLaren met Vivienne Westwood when he was a teenager, getting her pregnant by the time he was 18. His grandmother gave them the money for Westwood to have an abortion, but against McLaren’s wishes, she spent the money on a cashmere twinset.

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Vivienne Westwood Launches Eco-Charity Campaign for $1.63 Million

Dame Vivienne Westwood is no stranger to philanthropy. From supporting Peruvian Amazon preservation to traveling to Kenya to work on her Ethical Fashion Africa collection, the queen of British fashion is also a leader of compassion, known for going above and beyond for causes that she believes in. Her latest effort comes in the form of a personal £1 million ($1.63 million) investment to launch a fundraising campaign for Cool Earth – a rainforest preservation charity.

WWD reports that the "No Fun Being Extinct" campaign’s goal is to raise £7 million ($11.4 million) over the next 18 months to protect the Peruvian Amazon, the Congo and rainforest areas in Asia, and that "Westwood has already recruited some of her fashion chums, including Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Sadie Frost" to help.

Westwood has been a longtime supporter of Cool Earth’s community-led rainforest projects, so it was only a matter of time before she took her loyalty one step further. Given her influence in the fashion world and heavy roster of famous friends, we definitely expect this campaign to surpass its funding goal. Join the cause by making your donation here.

Vivienne Westwood Wants Kate Middleton to Repeat Outfits More Often

Although the 31-year-old Duchess of Cambridge is no stranger to wearing the same thing twice (she’s been spotted repeating dresses from Amanda Wakeley, Reiss and Emilia Wickstead on multiple occasions), Dame Vivienne Westwood thinks she’s still not recycling fashion enough. The legendary British designer known for her ethical fashion focus called out Kate Middleton during her fall/winter 2013 show at London Fashion Week. She explains to the Daily Mail that she should wear outfits "over and again because that’s very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message."

Westwood adds: "If you’re going to all that trouble to get an outfit that suits you, then you should keep on wearing it. I mean you don’t have to have a red outfit one day and then something almost the same in blue the next." 

You asked for it, Kate. If you’re going to be royal, be royal. But if you’re going to be known as a thrifty princess, then really go there and always repeat outfits, shop vintage and maybe even take up a sewing class to start making your own threads. To track Middleton’s journey to sartorially pleasing all, add What Kate Wore—a shockingly comprehensive guide to every one of her outfits—to your reader.

Afternoon Links: Zac Efron & Taylor Swift’s Cute Cover, Vivienne Westwood Thinks You’re Conformist

● Zac Efron and Taylor Swift are probably not an item but their "Pumped Up Kicks" cover on Ellen today was so charming that we wish they were. [Vulture]

● Khloe Kardashian reports that pregnancy has Kourtney Kardashian hyperventilating at first mention of queso dip. [Us]

● People have "never looked so ugly as they do today regarding their dress," laments Vivienne Westwood, who is, at 70-years-old, still cooler than you. "We are so conformist, nobody is thinking. We are all sucking up stuff, we have been trained to be consumers and we are all consuming far too much." [DailyMail]

● Skrillex’s fans come for the drops ("Wom-wombzphz!"), stay for his hot face ("His face [is hot], but I don’t really like his, erm… head."). [Vice]

● You might want to think twice about those skinnies you’ve been wearing because they may be causing you nerve compression, interfering with digestion, or, worst of all, giving you lipoatrophia semicircularis aka "ribbed thighs." Yuck! [WSJ]

● Stephen Colbert is writing a children’s book. "I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it," he says, setting a high bar for himself. [GalleyCat]

Your Day 2 Round-Up of Milan Men’s Fashion Week

At day two of Milan’s men’s fashion week, Tomas Meier showed off his knack for constructing that perfectly tailored leather jacket at Bottega Veneta‘s early morning show. Black and midnight blue reigned supreme at Emporio Armani‘s modern cool event, where models sauntered down the runway in luxury cloaks with fedoras, sleek modern leather coats, and impeccable silk suits. Ermanno Scervino was all about argyle, intricate and chunky knitwear, paired with simple gray and blue blazers.

When it comes to smart, luxurious dressing, Salvatore Ferragamo‘s creative director, Massimiliano Giornetti, continues to prove that he is one of the best. Precisely fitted wool double-breasted suits, subtly ombré polished shoes, elegant winter coats in auburn, ash, and a gray, had a classic yet sophisticated ease. A double-breasted gray Astrakhan coat and a pair of merlot-hued velvet dinner jackets with piping turned a few heads, for sure. The new Ferragamo man doesn’t need to flaunt his affluence with flash. He’s too busy to, anyway.

Vivienne Westwood (pictured, top) got political, with a David Attenborough-inspired collection called The Frozen Planet. "If our leaders would admit the fact of climate change and conduct their polices from that perspective, then we might have a chance. We have ten years at the most to stop it," Dame Westwood stated, in an urgent message on the global warming crisis. Models donned iced-over beards and hair wearing a range of plaid, strip and tartan wool suits, patchwork, bright colors, and asymmetrical tops in blue, forest greens, and heather. The label also announced that it has collaborated with sustainable tee-shirt manufacturer ANVIL, to create a limited edition of shirts for men’s week, available on to support GreenUp! 

Missoni had a young and contemporary interpretation of its iconic knitwear, while Trussardi went ’70s glam, replete with flared proportions, wide lapels, and a funky color scheme. Miuccia Prada spun up some fanciful military chic on her star-studded runway in Via Fogazzaro. But with names like Émile Hirsch, Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, Adrien Brody traipsing down the red catwalk, who could focus on those tremendous clothes? Thom Browne‘s Moncler Gamme Bleu looked like ski astronauts exploring some blizzard-doomed tundra, and Italo Zucchelli incorporated exotic leathers and croc into Calvin Klein Collection’s über-modernistic DNA.

But some of the top picks from the second day of shows came by way of footwear. From designers Cesare Paciotti to Alberto Moretti, and Swiss label Bally, all presented a variety of winners. Giuliano Fujiwara re-worked brogues boots in sturdy nubuck with rubber soles and colorful techno embellishments. Arfango’s Alberto Moretti relied on high-glam and artisanal craftsmanship for his winter 2013 collection. A series of loafers and ankle boots were adorned with either Swarovski crystals, velvet detailing, or metallic studs, which should give the intrepid dapper man some great evening options.

Bally co-directors Micheal Herz and Graeme Fidler whipped up some stupendous calf skin moccasins in primary colors and waxed/water-proof suede boots. A Bally emblem bag in toffee-brown leather and the signature Scribe collection screamed urbane working man. Bally also introduced a prototype interactive display system that will be installed in select boutiques, enabling shoppers to custom-design their dream footwear. The label’s ready-to-wear options had some awesome quilted outwear, which we inspected over a refreshing glass of, what else, Prosecco.

Last but not least was Cesare Paciotti‘s ever-growing shoe empire. After successfully launching the Steve McQueen-inspired Madison 380 NYC line, composed of understated classic options, the brand is expanding from suede to patent leather and shoes with a bit more edge. The best boots seen so far can be found here: Fur-lined industrial leather stivali, with Paciotti dagger insignia and exposed zippers and studs that were very of the moment, a bit indulgent, but rugged.

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Anna Dello Russo at the Ferragamo show.

Vivienne Westwood & Juergen Teller Head to Africa for a Cause

We can only hope that we’re as vivacious as Vivienne Westwood when we’re 70-years-old. The queen of punk fashion recently headed to Nairobi, Kenya to employ 7,000 local women to help make handbags for her Ethical Fashion Africa collection. The project is in partnership with e-tailer Yoox and the International Trade Center, a United Nations Agency. And she didn’t travel alone; her longtime friend and collaborator, photographer Juergen Teller, came along to shoot the collection.

“I came back completely energized and full of life,” Teller explains to British Vogue.”It was truly inspiring to meet Simone Cipriani [head of ITC] and the whole ITC team. It made a lot of sense to go with Vivienne to Africa.” The project produced a range of handbags and totes created from locally sourced materials (like old tent fabric) and allowed the impoverished women of Nairobi to earn a fair wage for their work. Shop the Ethical Fashion Africa collection here.

This isn’t the designer’s first foray into philanthropy. Last year we mentioned that she backed eco-charity Cool Earth’s coffee campaign to protect trees in the Peruvian Amazon. Dame Vivienne Westwood has most certainly earned her title.