A shock of red hair & a staple of badges pinned to her body: Vivienne Westwood’s character emanates as if unending from her own essence through to her collections. From her almost humble abode at 430 King’s Road, ‘71, the infamous Sex store was born in ’74, & Ms Westwood caused quite a stir with pieces inspired by S&M, punk & the pirate. Together with her business partner & then lover, Malcolm McLaren, Westwood dressed the Sex Pistols, & from then on, the rest, as they say, is history.
Sex and the City breached the gap between what was acceptable & expected of city women, with the world of haute couture & constant innovation that was previously restricted to the catwalks of Paris & Milan. Granted, this may have been taken to extreme on occasion, toying with audience naïveté on what was really happening on the streets of New York between women & fashion. Take the character of Carrie: she evidently relishes the walk of shame after a night at Big’s so much so that her nonchalance brings her to don a large white men’s shirt, secure a black leather belt to give the outfit a waist, & simply add stilettos. Would this genuinely happen in real life? I don’t think it matters. Patricia Field, costume designer for Sex & the City for much of its career, made us sit up & watch. Here was a high-fashion editorial look being played out on the small screen. That’s what made it real, the fact that it was fashion, & it was happening real-time.
Sarah Jessica Parker, as Carrie, revived the corsage, putting it back into everyday vernacular:
Sarah Jessica Parker & Chris Noth play their onscreen characters for an Annie Leibowitz shoot for US Vogue:
Wardrobe rails, backstage at SATC:
Vivienne Westwood, true as always to her Punk roots:
Carrie in Westwood wedding dress:
Vivienne Westwood, Paris f/w '08:
Vogue shot: original credit to US Vogue. http://www.fadedyouthblog.com
Wardrobe rails: http://curbednetwork.com/
Vivienne Westwood: www.topnews.in
Vivienne in turquoise: www.newcultureforum.org.uk
Westwood Paris f/w ‘08: http://www.tops2bottoms.com
Westwood & Mclaren: http://farm1.static.flickr.com
Carrie in Westwood wedding dress: http://www.bridalwave.tv/
Carrie with umbrella: www.ew.com/ew/gallery