Fashion Mourns the Loss of British Icon Vivienne Westwood


| LAST UPDATE 02/19/2023

By Alyssa Williams
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The fashion world came together to honor a legendary icon - Vivienne Westwood. A-listers like Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs gathered alongside Stormzy and Hong Kong's Wyman Wong for the touching memorial ceremony in celebration of her punk spirit that revolutionized haute couture forevermore.

Vivienne Westwood shook up fashion in the 70s with her unique androgynous designs & cheeky slogan T-shirts that challenged the status quo. Her style set a new standard of self expression in the industry! She was a pioneer of fashion and pushed the envelope in her designs throughout her career. Her creative take on tradition, like the “mini-crini” – an iconic twist on the Victorian crinoline dress - made waves with trendsetters everywhere; most famously when it graced Carrie Bradshaw's bridal look in the Sex & The City movie. The designer also used her influence as an activist, joining public protests to raise awareness about issues that she was passionate about.

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Vivienne Westwood's star-studded sendoff was a truly regal affair, with an iconic lineup of musical talent and Hollywood royalty like Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, and Vanessa Redgrave showing up to honor the trendsetting dame's legacy. It proved a fitting tribute to one of fashion's most beloved names. The memorial service took place in London on Thursday to honor Westwood's legacy.

Spice Girl and designer Beckham (above) made a bold statement in her sleek black dress with its high neckline, long sleeves, and daring leg slit. Meanwhile British Vogue's editor Edward Enninful looked dashing in an all-black suit that perfectly complimented the occasion. Elle Fanning made a statement in her sartorial elegance, wearing an all-black look complete with a pillar box hat for the service. Her choice of attire was nothing short of fashionable! Supermodel Kate Moss stepped out with her daughter Lila Grace in the chicest of outfits - a black dress and blazer adorned with florals, while Helena Bonham Carter gave an ode to Vivienne Westwood's signature punk flare. She rocked up wearing one of Westwood's bold tartan skirts sets paired beautifully with a pearl necklace. December 2022 marked the end of an era for the punk trailblazer. She pushed boundaries in fashion, activism and design throughout her 81 years - a true icon who will never be forgotten!

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