Our collections are Unisex, our fashion always takes its cue from traditional English tailoring – Savile row – fine-knit twinset and pearls for men or better still just the button-up cardigan, bare chest. Buy less, dress up, swap clothes.
It is always street theatre, we play around with size of detail, collars, turn-ups, pockets, buttons, ties, accessories; size of graphics – giant pin-stripes, giant spots or spots so tiny they look like a dust of colour, flowers. Dress for the time of day, or don’t dress for the time of day – wear your evening clothes to the office if you go back to work, mix seasons – our aim is to show only one collection a year. Chrissie Hynde prints – great voice, great guitar, punks together.
Chrissie and I have been friends for years. She paints, Andreas had the idea to use her paintings for prints. She would have given them to us, instead we donated to her charity, www.AhimsaMilk.org – a farm which doesn’t kill the cow. Did you know Ox means castrated bull? The little dears have a wonderful life of leisure, not much work for them but they love it. We both support Farms Not Factories.
Anthony Newton – coping with a severe long-term illness, he’s a real achiever. I think his drawing could be exhibited altogether as a mural, and I would like to suggest a project to him as an artist: draw trees. A camera can never show what it means to be next to a tree. We think his work looks like lace and has a trompe l’oeil effect on our dresses. – Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood SS21
A camera can never show what it means to be next to a tree. We think his work looks like lace and has a trompe l’oeil effect on our dresses.