Celebrities, fashionistas say goodbye to late designer Vivienne Westwood



LONDON (Reuters) – Celebrities and fashionistas gathered at London’s Southwark Cathedral on Thursday to say goodbye to veteran designer Vivienne Westwood, who died in December aged 81.

The memorial service for the designer and campaigner drew well-known names from the worlds of movie, music and style, together with actors Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson, Helena Bonham Carter, Gwendoline Christie and Elle Fanning in addition to music stars Simon Le Bon, Nick Cave, Bob Geldolf and Stormzy.

Designers Victoria Beckham and Paul Smith, fashions Kate Moss, her daughter Lila Grace, and Lily Cole in addition to British Vogue editor Edward Enninful had been among the many huge style names in attendance for the service, alongside Westwood’s husband and artistic accomplice Andreas Kronthaler.

Westwood was synonymous with Seventies punk rock, dressing the Intercourse Pistols – a rebelliousness that remained her hallmark.

She addressed local weather change, air pollution, and her assist for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on protest T-shirts or banners carried by her fashions on the runway of her style reveals.

Some friends at her memorial wore badges with the phrases “local weather” and “revolution”, one had a skirt studying “Free Assange” whereas one other a shawl depicting Westwood and “Queen Vivienne”.

Many had been wearing her creations, together with tartan designs, her well-known towering platform heels in addition to strapped pirate boots.

The memorial was held a day earlier than the beginning of London Style Week on Friday, the place designers will current their newest collections.

The five-day occasion, run by the British Style Council (BFC), might be devoted to Westwood, organisers have stated.

“What a loss to the British style business, however what a legacy to have left behind for us to maintain fascinated by how we as an business can … be extra accountable in the case of the local weather disaster and manufacturing and what we put out,” Caroline Issa, CEO and style director at Tank journal in addition to BFC board member, informed Reuters.

“Her punk spirit will all the time dwell on, particularly within the style business.”

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Further reporting by Sarah Mills; Enhancing by Janet Lawrence)