Happy Birthday Vivienne Westwood! Plus A Look at Her Fall 2011 Collection

Vivienne Westwood is fashion royalty and today she is celebrating her 70th birthday. She has been in the industry for forty years with an amazing array of experience from her days alongside Malcolm McLaren to today as a champion of the eco-friendly movement in fashion. She is the pioneer of 70’s punk and has always encouraged defying the fashion odds with collections inspired by nonconformity.

Despite her quirky designs, Vivienne Westwood has always managed to make wearable, statement-making clothing from her signature tartan pieces to Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress. Owning a piece from her is so necessary and is not just “in-season”, but something that can be passed down for generations.

For her Fall 2011 collection titled “World Wide Woman”, Vivienne Westwood used compelling and strong women as her muses. The designs and atmosphere were just that, with a gold runway and pieces that packed more than a few punches. Nothing was off limits and the collection touched upon all of Westwood’s favorites including menswear-inspired separates, cozy feminine knits, gold show-stealing dresses and knee-high boots, dramatic outerwear and skin-baring tops and shorts (already being coveted by bff Pamela Anderson I’m sure). My favorite was a larger than life dress fashioned from an eye-catching print and loads of tulle modeled by Roberta Narciso, that will probably never see the light of day unless someone ballsy like Helena Bonham Carter has the guts to wear it out.

Forty years and still making iconic fashion that every woman can love regardless of age or style. Cannot wait to see what Vivienne Westwood does next.

Visit www.viviennewestwood.co.uk for more information and see more looks from the Fall 2011 collection below.

*Images courtesy of Getty and GoRunway.com.

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