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A long parade of slender models struts down the runway of Paris fashion week A/W 2012, wearing tailored outfits in a contemporary vibe and imitating a youthful carefree draping of fabric with modern cuts and crazy mashing of colors and textures; as the final model disappears a newbie to the fashion industry might expect a young designer in his/her 20â€™s to pop out eventuallyâ€¦but it is a confident lady in her 70â€™s with a shock of bright red hair -Vivienne Westwood â€“ who takes her bow finally.Â The designer who is aka the â€˜queen of punkâ€™ is still vivid in her career celebrating 40 years in the industry.Â Â Westwoodâ€™s involvement in the punk era of the 1970â€™s and her infamous â€œWorldâ€™s Endâ€ store in London (which she opened along with her then-husband Malcolm Mclaren) created a wild wave in the fashion industry, as she took her rebellious punk inspirations to the catwalks of London and Paris fashion weeks. Westwoodâ€™s rise to fame also attributed to the fact that she dressed the band members of Sex Pistols â€“ during the period when Mclaren managed the popular band.
Â´She has since produced some of fashion’s most famous pieces (including the 1981 slouchy pirate boots still in production today, to the structured mini-crini of 1985), and been part of the industry’s most memorable moments – fromÂ Naomi Campbell falling from a pair of her towering purple platforms in 1994 to accepting her OBE from the Queen – while wearing no knickers. image via
Known for her empowering, uber-feminine shapes and signature tartan, she was this week named Britain’s Greatest British Fashion Designer in a poll conducted by Greenall, notching up 24 per cent of the public voteâ€™. â€“ Vogue uk
Westwood is a huge inspiration to me her clothes are sensuous, humorous, rebellious and always makes a statement. She is not only a fashion designer but actively takes part to raise awareness regarding climate change. 70 years young, Vivienne Westwood, I really hope you keep doing what you do, keeping your fashion audience at the edge of their seats! And as long as the queen is in da house Punk is nevah gonna die 😉
Happy Birthday Vivienne Westwood!!Â xx