Style Notes: Vivienne Westwood Joins the Mile High Club
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Vivienne Westwood is giving Virgin Atlantic's staff upgraded, sustainable uniforms. The outspoken fashion designer has redesigned the airline's famed red outfits where cabin crew, pilots, Clubhouse staff and Virgin Holidays employees will be seen in the new garb starting in July before its official launch in 2014. Westwood first met Virgin Group founder Richard Branson through her ex-husband Malcolm McLaren when Branson signed the Sex Pistols to his record label. "The one person in this world who could create unique designs isVivienne," Branson told Vogue UK. "So it's great to be working with her. What we don't want to do is work with anyone who comes up with a design and just dumps it on the cabin crew. It's glamorous, it's stylish." The uniforms are designed with recycled materials, including polyester yarn that originated from plastic bottles and canvas created from reused roadside banners and leather off-cuts. [Vogue UK]
Toms is teaming up with New-York based furniture and textiles designer Jonathan Adler on a collection of sunglasses. Founder Blake Mycoskie told WWD that the L.A.-based philanthropic brand approached Adler last year because they "love his irreverent and whimsical approach." The unisex collection includes three silhouettes -- the Lobamba, Marco and Memphis -- in variations of red, white and blue, in addition to four eyewear cases. Each frame is designed the motto "our glasses make you look smarter" on the inner temple with an embroidered eyewear case featuring a colorful needlepoint design by Adler. The collection will retail from $169 to $179. Per Toms' standard One for One program, it will be giving someone in need of eyewear for every purchase. [WWD]
Amanda Seyfried is the new face of Givenchy's Very Irresistible fragrance, replacing longtime muse Liv Tyler. When asked by the luxury French fashion label to join the campaign, her response: "F--k yeah," she told WWD. "It’s an honest collaboration. I’m proud to be a part of [the brands I’m involved with] because what they do is really cool, especially Givenchy — they’re so artistic. And I feel like I have a foot in the fashion industry now." The Les Miserables star was spotted at Givenchy's fashion show in March, sitting next to Louis Vuitton's Antonie Arnault, and wore a delicate white lace Givenchy number at this year's Golden Globe. Although Seyfried is currently filming a movie in Santa Fe, we wouldn't be surprised if the actress attended next week's Met Gala in one of Riccardo Tisci's design, which he is this year's co-chair. [The Cut]
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)/Vogue is launching an initiative "Americans in China," which will bring three former CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists -- Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, and Marchesa -- to China to present their F/W 2013 collections at the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park at the Great Wall of China in Beijing. In an official statement, the intiative is “part of the ongoing effort to introduce American design talent to the rapidly expanding luxury market in China.” The act is underwritten by retail tycoon Silas Chou and is a continuation of the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's program in China, which is “help foster the exchange of emerging design talent between the United States and China.” [Fashionista]
Nicole Richie is back with a new reality series. The Fashion Star mentor stars in an AOL Web series called, "#CandidlyNicole." In the first webisode, the TV personality visits Dr. Tattoff to get her "tramp stamp" removed. Or as Richie describes it, "the cross going down the crack." In explaining why she wants to get rid of the tattoo, the 31-year-old mother of two says, "It just means a certain thing, and I don't want to be part of that group." Richie has a total of nine tattoos and got her tramp stamp at age 16 when she was "an idiot and I didn't want my parents to see." To see if Richie ends up removing the ink, watch here. [LA Times]
Brace yourself for a button-down shirt that only requires a wash once a year. Wool & Prince have managed to create a trademarked Cotton-Soft wool fabric that's anti-wrinkle and anti-odor. Founder Mac Bishop came up with the idea when he went around asking men to name their favorite piece of clothing and most of them said jeans since denim can be worn several times before requiring a wash. While wearing one of his signature designed shirts, a gentlemen commented on how Bishop's button-down looks like it's been dry-cleaned. In response, Bishop says, "this shirt hasn't been washed in 150 wears." While this may not fair well with germaphobes, it's clear that Bishop's design of wool shirts will save people a monthly trip to the dry cleaners. The label has already raised over $250,000 on Kickstarter. To commit to a no-wash life, pledge your donation here. [Complex]