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Vivienne Westwood says “Stop buying clothes”
02.21.2010
08:36 pm
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Vivienne Westwood’s pointedly anti-consumerist remarks backstage at London Fashion Week after her big show were taken by some as more “dotty” remarks by the great British designer, but they didn’t seem that way to me. Yes, there is certainly a, uh, tension between showing a new collection of clothes and then telling everyone assembled not to buy them, but do you think Westwood doesn’t know that?

And besides, since when is the pure act of telling the truth, somehow dotty in the first place? Have I missed something here? The woman’s 1000% correct. She should be commended for her commitment to the future of mankind—and speaking with common sense—and not mocked.

I actually met her once about ten years ago and she was a trip. My close friend Oberon Sinclair was doing some PR work for the opening of the Westwood boutique in New York and there was a big sit down dinner for a lot of people. Westwood didn’t know a lot—if any—of the people present and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who I attended the dinner with, gallantly and sweetly, sat down with Westwood to put her at ease. So I was along for the ride and we sat across from her for about two hours and she was a delight, if a little non-sequitur at times. (Not a judgement, just a description. People must say that about me all the time…)

One-of-a-kind designer Vivienne Westwood Sunday night presented a gorgeous collection of autumn and winter outfits at London Fashion Week, then went backstage and told reporters she hopes people stop buying her clothes.

“Stop all this consumerism,” said Westwood, the former high priestess of punk who has increasingly used her catwalk shows to spotlight her concern about climate change.

“I just tell people, stop buying clothes. Why not protect this gift of life while we have it? I don’t take the attitude that destruction is inevitable. Some of us would like to stop that and help people survive,” she said.

 
Below is part one of Dame Westwood’s interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross last year. I thought she was fucking awesome when I saw this. Part II is here. Both parts are well worth watching. When is the last time you heard a public figure speak this passionately about something?
 

 
Westwood Condemns Consumerism After London Show (ABC News)
 
Vivienne Westwood meets James Lovelock on video (Dazed Digital)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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02.21.2010
08:36 pm
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Flickr Photostream: 60s London
02.15.2010
09:07 pm
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Here are some random images and videos of London in the 60s from Flickr user SwingingLondon.

(via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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02.15.2010
09:07 pm
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Alexander McQueen Dies
02.11.2010
11:45 am
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So sad to hear this. From the Associated Press:

Company spokeswoman Samantha Garrett said McQueen’s body was found in the morning but that she had no information “in terms of circumstances.”
Police did not directly comment when asked about how McQueen died, but said officers were called by the ambulance service at 10:20 a.m. (1020GMT) to an address on Green Street, in central London, and found a 40-year-old man dead. They did not name him but said next of kin had been informed.

The force said a post-mortem would be held but that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Update: Alexander McQueen commits suicide: Britain has lost a great designer – and fashion ambassador

Posted by Tara McGinley
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02.11.2010
11:45 am
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Bob (Or is it Jimi or John?) Marley T-Shirt by African Apparel
02.04.2010
11:23 pm
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Genius.
 
African Apparel

Posted by Tara McGinley
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02.04.2010
11:23 pm
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Iranian Breaking Dance Off (1991)
01.26.2010
11:45 am
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The female audience looks thrilled!
 
(via HYST)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.26.2010
11:45 am
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The Knife’s Karin Dreijer out gagas Gaga on Swedish awards show
01.25.2010
11:44 pm
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Karin Dreijer of the Swedish sibling duo The Knife, also known professionally as Fever Ray, shows Gaga how it’s done.

Via Bob Lefsetz

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.25.2010
11:44 pm
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The Real Hipsters of Silver Lake
01.24.2010
02:40 pm
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Christ, they’re making a reality show about Silver Lake hipsters… Maybe I should apply?

Oh boy. Perhaps trying to capitalize on Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat’s in the works Williamsburg-to-Silver Lake comedy, some reality show producers are looking for rich, poorly-dressed Silver Lakers to show off their lives on television. Here’s the Craigslist pitch: “A new Reality Show is casting Silver Lake’s rich, wealthy, hipster GUYS and GIRLS 21-30 whose personal style is homeless chic: Guys with beards, ratty hair and raggedy yet stylish clothing ?

Posted by Jason Louv
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01.24.2010
02:40 pm
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Clergy Style: High Fashion Style for Men of the Cloth
01.22.2010
12:57 pm
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Clergy Style

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.22.2010
12:57 pm
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Tilda Swinton in Ryan McGinley?
01.16.2010
09:34 pm
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The actress darts through the forest, crawls through a cave and ends up swimming out to sea wearing frocks by Pringle of Scotland. McGinley says his inspirations included The Goonies and Grafteful Dead albums covers.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.16.2010
09:34 pm
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Awesome Vintage Footage of NYC: Wild in the Streets by Garland Jeffreys
01.15.2010
12:42 pm
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Garland Jeffreys says, “Wild in the Streets is my pride and joy. I consider it my “first” Rock ‘n’ Roll record, written and released in 1973, and recorded with Dr. John and his band, with Alan Freedman, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, David Spinozza, David Peel, Produced by Roy Cicala.”
 
(via Wooster Collective)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.15.2010
12:42 pm
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