In London during the '70s, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren defined the look of punk rock via their little store, Worlds End. This makes Westwood's designs from the time part of rock 'n' roll and fashion history; exemplary not only of how people dressed, but how people felt – they're emotional relics of the alienated, disenfranchised youth of the movement.
All of this is to say that they really deserve to be re-presented to today's fashion pack, and now they are, via an Opening Ceremony capsule collection. The timing couldn't be more perfect either, considering we're about ready to revive meaning in fashion.
Of her earliest fashion incarnations, Vivienne Westwood said, "When we started to do punk, we put all of these things together to create the look of an urban guerrilla — a rebel. It was a creation that evolved through our shop. When we started to do punk, I think it was the first time people saw clothes like ours, and they could buy them from our little shop."
In a statement about the collaboration, Opening Ceremony's co-founder, Humberto Leon, explained he's always been obsessed with Vivienne Westwood's counter-cultural approach. "My love for Dame Vivienne Westwood and her creative legacy has truly been a life-long affair. In particular, her impact and relevance extend beyond fashion and into all the cultures that Opening Ceremony also embraces: from music, film, and art, to politics, civil rights, and environmental causes...This reissue has never been done before, and we could not be more excited to share our favorites from Vivienne's work with a new generation."
Vivienne Westwood x Opening Ceremony's Worlds End collection is available in Opening Ceremony stores now, and will be available online next week.
Published on February 5th, 2015 by Courtney Sanders
Via Dazed Digital
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