Vivienne Westwood And Revere The Residence Expand The Founder’s Legacy With A Majestic AW24/24 Collection

A sprawling collection that hones Westwood's signature designs whilst blurring the boundaries between historic and contemporary influence.

Vivienne Westwood has launched its AW24/25 campaign, piecing together a bold and contrasting collection which reflects on the early 19th century ‘Empire style’ movement.

A revolutionary force within British punk, Westwood’s legacy continues to redefine the fashion landscape, upholding a societally conscious ethos and innovation. This time around the visionary label has teamed up with Revere the Residence, a Hackney-based enterprise working with people with learning difficulties in hopes of shifting and expanding employment opportunities within the arts. Materialising through the collection’s floral prints and graphic illustrations, Westwood and Residence create one-of-a-kind pieces that experiment with aesthetics and texture, forming an unconventional approach to tailoring.

Showcasing an urgency to experiment, the collection explores military uniforms and Napoleonic references with an eye for draping fabrics and layering. Vibrant knee-high socks and chunky platform footwear are sprinkled throughout, placing Westwood’s signature tartan print as the centrepiece. Elsewhere, the brand incorporates a contemporary influence through its use of graffiti across the Cobrax corset and Double Waistband Foam Skirt, a refreshing yet coherent step in this new direction. Rich, warm tones are woven throughout the collection, sparing in its use of logos. Instead, the label allows for its rugged decadence to distinguish itself, championing the use of environmentally conscious materials and processes.

A collection that seeks to inspire and solidify the designer’s generation-spanning influence, Vivienne Westwood keeps one step ahead.

Previously offering insight into the workings behind her designs, Westwood is quoted in the press release: “Andreas bought me Goethe’s ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’ (Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, 1774). It was the first tragic novel, and it caused a sensation – and was one of the factors which led to the Romantic movement. Napoleon took ‘Werther’ on his Egyptian campaign in 1798 – and when he met Goethe in 1808, he told him that he had read the book seven times – he decorated him. It is still a model of literature in the education curriculum across Europe.”

Photographed by:  William Waterworth

Styled by: Kshitij Kankaria

Hair styled by: Blake Henderson

Make-up by: Grace Sinnott 

Nail art by:  Nadia Blanco

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