Vivienne Westwood is widely credited with bringing the punk aesthetic of the 1970’s into the mainstream, seen as an architect for its phenomenon, as well as for the new romantic era which followed. Founded in 1971, the label began as a jewellery stall where Vivienne would sell her creations from Portobello market, soon expanding to clothing creations which were famously worn by the iconic band Sex Pistols. Her avant-garde designs gained quick recognition, and Vivienne Westwood stores were opened in London and then worldwide. Under the creative direction of Andreas Kronthaler, partner of Vivienne Westwood, the label today continues the unconventional aesthetic which it has always been recognised for.
The brand now encompasses ready-to-wear for men and women, as well as shoes, bags, accessories and a bridal line. The signature punk style of Vivienne Westwood is still seen throughout collections, bringing an unexpected edge to everyday designs. Strong tailoring, tartan prints and metallic accents feature across designs, seen in statement bags, sharp blazers and patterned corsets. Slogan tees and kilts are mainstays in collections for both men and women, and sparkling Vivienne Westwood jewellery has become highly sought after in recent years. Romantic details, dramatic accents and vibrant colour palettes offer edgy uniforms for the daytime and the evening, allowing drama and interest to slot seamlessly into any wardrobe.
Collections from Vivienne Westwood are available from the brand’s stores, located in cities across the world, from London to Los Angeles to Tokyo. Their designs are also found online, through the brand’s website and via Selfridges, Matches Fashion and Farfetch.