*This is a Guest Post*
Vivienne Westwood designs are distinct, bold and fantastically unique. Now in her seventies, Vivienne Westwood was once well-known for her foray into punk culture and her famous London Store ‘World’s End’, which she co-owned with partner Malcolm McLaren.
Her inspiration is still taken largely from her interest in history – it is as though she becomes fascinated with a period in popular culture and takes inspiration from those times to create her designs and select colours and materials. She has drawn vision from periods including the Middle Ages, the 17th Century and of course the 1980s punk scene. She has also created a collection with the Ethical Fashion Programme, creating handmade bags in Nairobi using recycled materials and using designs crafted by women who are widows, victims of HIV or AIDS and living in poverty or as single parents.
Her clothing designs have been truly diverse, from jeans to ball gowns. Yet perhaps her most well-loved items are her handbags; Vivienne Westwood bags are easily recognisable and have been created in a few key signature shapes. For example, the Yasmin style is a handbag that can be used for everyday essentials.
Loved for its functionality as well as its stylish design, the Yasmin grab bag appears in slightly altered forms in most of the Vivienne Westwood bag collections. It has a rectangular base so it can be easily set down without tipping, and usually has two structured short handles and a zip fastening. This season’s New Exhibition Yasmin leather bag is available in bold, red tartan with the customary discreet gold-coloured orb on the front. There is an interior zipped pocket and two compartments to assist with the organisation of your handbag’s contents.
A larger handbag that is also typical of Vivienne Westwood’s collections is her tote bag, made with two shoulder straps for easier carrying, two interior pockets and a zip fastening. The black, soft leather Babylon Tote is currently available at Harrods.
Another popular style of a Vivienne Westwood bag is the Chancery handbag. This is a bag that any professional woman would be proud to be seen holding. A rectangular base (again, which prevents tipping) and rounded top with zip fastening and short, structured handles, this bag is made with shiny patent crocodile skin embossed faux leather (100% PVC). The Vivienne Westwood gold coloured orb logo is much more obvious than on the Yasmin bag and is central to the design.
There are far more designs stretching over many collections but these are perhaps three of the most popular right now.
Vivienne Westwood shows no sign of slowing down in her production of stylish clothing, bags and accessories and all are highly desirable. Although her collections are very different from each other, there is never a sense that an ‘old’ Vivienne Westwood bag has gone out of style – they are all classics and stand the test of time admirably. Harrods stock a range of Vivienne Westwood bags and provide full measurement details if you want to buy online.