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May 2, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Virgin Atlantic Airways has tapped fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to redesign its uniforms the airline announced Thursday. The partnership between the two British brands will result in newly designed -- and eco-friendly -- uniforms for about 7,500 employees, including pilots, cabin crew and ground crew. According to the announcement, Westwood's goal with the redesign is "a futuristic look, which references her enduring interest in '40s French couture cutting techniques as well as the Savile Row tailoring heritage.
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March 1, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -     Pharrell Williams was ahead of the trend with the now-infamous Vivienne Westwood mountie-style hat he wore to the Grammy Awards. On the runways this week in Paris, there have been hats galore, and we're not talking your run-of-the-mill headgear either.  At Gareth Pugh, dramatic white wide-brimmed hats were elongated at the crown, and at Lanvin, majorette caps came trimmed in feathers. Westwood even referenced herself, showing an even bigger version of Pharrell's lid at her runway show Saturday.
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NEWS
November 24, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a dollop of disheveled blond curls crowning her head, a waist that looks to have been shaped by years of corseting, and perfectly porcelain skin, British fashion matriarch Vivienne Westwood could be dismissed as a kooky grandmother. Thirty years after playing a major role in the punk movement in London with her ex-husband, Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, the 59-year-old designer has given up the rips, zips, chains and whips of her youth.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Pharrell Williams' heaping helping of hat at Sunday night's Grammy Awards turned out to be the viral equivalent of Jennifer Lawrence's Golden Globes dress -- a focus-pulling fashion statement that spawned comparisons to Smokey Bear and the Arby's logo -- and even birthed a parody Twitter account @PharrellHat . Sunday night we opined that it might be a Lanvin lid, but now comes word that we have designer Vivienne Westwood to thank for the millinery...
HOME & GARDEN
October 25, 2007 | DAVID A. KEEPS, Times Staff Writer
Over a 30-plus year career, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has swung from punk to Madame de Pompadour. In her collaboration with the Rug Co., she appears to be working her way back to her rebellious roots. After producing plush rugs with romantic florals, she created a flat woven Aubusson Union Jack, a design that proved so popular it launched a line of pillows.
HOME & GARDEN
September 1, 2005
In the '70s, Vivienne Westwood rocked London with her punk couture boutiques, Seditionaries and Sex. Now the legendary designer wants you to walk all over her. Westwood is the latest clothing designer to create a collection for London-based the Rug Co., which is scheduled to open a 5,000-square-foot showroom in L.A. today. Her rugs include deconstructed Union Jack and tartans, patterns that reference her punk-era beginnings and lavish florals that reflect her period costume-influenced fashion.
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It's two days after the Met Gala, the Costume Institute's annual Vogue magazine-sponsored fundraiser, and the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition opening, and people are still buzzing about the red carpet parade - Miley Cyrus' spikey hair, Nicole Richie's grayed-out pompadour and pregnant Kim Kardashian's gloved Givenchy getup. Of course, there's much irony to the whole thing - the fashion world's most exclusive evening with every entitled celebrity on the planet gathered in the name of punk, an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -     Pharrell Williams was ahead of the trend with the now-infamous Vivienne Westwood mountie-style hat he wore to the Grammy Awards. On the runways this week in Paris, there have been hats galore, and we're not talking your run-of-the-mill headgear either.  At Gareth Pugh, dramatic white wide-brimmed hats were elongated at the crown, and at Lanvin, majorette caps came trimmed in feathers. Westwood even referenced herself, showing an even bigger version of Pharrell's lid at her runway show Saturday.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Pharrell Williams' heaping helping of hat at Sunday night's Grammy Awards turned out to be the viral equivalent of Jennifer Lawrence's Golden Globes dress -- a focus-pulling fashion statement that spawned comparisons to Smokey Bear and the Arby's logo -- and even birthed a parody Twitter account @PharrellHat . Sunday night we opined that it might be a Lanvin lid, but now comes word that we have designer Vivienne Westwood to thank for the millinery...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2007 | Rose Apodaca, Special to The Times
With her thumb and forefinger, Vivienne Westwood tugged at the darts at her bust, then her hips, creating torpedo-like effects on her gold-speckled black cocktail dress, made all the more exaggerated by way of her killer wasp waist. Wilma Flintstone comes to mind, and, for the designer, that is exactly the aim, given the scrawling prints resembling cave drawings that she presented in her fall '07 collection, titled "Wake Up, Cave Girl," in Paris last week.
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It's two days after the Met Gala, the Costume Institute's annual Vogue magazine-sponsored fundraiser, and the “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition opening, and people are still buzzing about the red carpet parade - Miley Cyrus' spikey hair, Nicole Richie's grayed-out pompadour and pregnant Kim Kardashian's gloved Givenchy getup. Of course, there's much irony to the whole thing - the fashion world's most exclusive evening with every entitled celebrity on the planet gathered in the name of punk, an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes.
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Virgin Atlantic Airways has tapped fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to redesign its uniforms the airline announced Thursday. The partnership between the two British brands will result in newly designed -- and eco-friendly -- uniforms for about 7,500 employees, including pilots, cabin crew and ground crew. According to the announcement, Westwood's goal with the redesign is "a futuristic look, which references her enduring interest in '40s French couture cutting techniques as well as the Savile Row tailoring heritage.
HOME & GARDEN
October 25, 2007 | DAVID A. KEEPS, Times Staff Writer
Over a 30-plus year career, British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has swung from punk to Madame de Pompadour. In her collaboration with the Rug Co., she appears to be working her way back to her rebellious roots. After producing plush rugs with romantic florals, she created a flat woven Aubusson Union Jack, a design that proved so popular it launched a line of pillows.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2007 | Rose Apodaca, Special to The Times
With her thumb and forefinger, Vivienne Westwood tugged at the darts at her bust, then her hips, creating torpedo-like effects on her gold-speckled black cocktail dress, made all the more exaggerated by way of her killer wasp waist. Wilma Flintstone comes to mind, and, for the designer, that is exactly the aim, given the scrawling prints resembling cave drawings that she presented in her fall '07 collection, titled "Wake Up, Cave Girl," in Paris last week.
HOME & GARDEN
September 1, 2005
In the '70s, Vivienne Westwood rocked London with her punk couture boutiques, Seditionaries and Sex. Now the legendary designer wants you to walk all over her. Westwood is the latest clothing designer to create a collection for London-based the Rug Co., which is scheduled to open a 5,000-square-foot showroom in L.A. today. Her rugs include deconstructed Union Jack and tartans, patterns that reference her punk-era beginnings and lavish florals that reflect her period costume-influenced fashion.
NEWS
November 24, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a dollop of disheveled blond curls crowning her head, a waist that looks to have been shaped by years of corseting, and perfectly porcelain skin, British fashion matriarch Vivienne Westwood could be dismissed as a kooky grandmother. Thirty years after playing a major role in the punk movement in London with her ex-husband, Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, the 59-year-old designer has given up the rips, zips, chains and whips of her youth.
MAGAZINE
May 20, 2001
Lloyd Klein silk handmade tops and matching skirts. Special order at 7th House, Los Angeles. Opposite: Vivienne Westwood Gold Label brocade corset dress, $3,000, at Vivienne Westwood, New York City. * Natalie Anne asymmetrical rayon-cotton top, $105, at Tracey Ross, West Hollywood, with David Cardona silk metallic two-layer skirt, $1,290, at Les Habitudes, Los Angeles. Opposite: Ghost organza dress, $650, at Ghost, Los Angeles.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- It was a wild and woolly day on the runways at Paris Fashion Week Wednesday. At the Gareth Pugh show, some of the models had wind-up keys on their backs, which made them look like fashion dolls. And others wore clear plasticky trash bag gowns, which invited unfortunate comparisons to a "Project Runway" challenge gone wrong. Then there were the hats so tall, they gave Pharrell Williams' Grammys-night Vivienne Westwood number a run for its money. And yet, there seemed to be method to Pugh's runway madness.
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