It’s become extremely easy to feel ever so jaded by what fashion has to offer. It is, by it’s very nature, cyclical and that lends itself to a feeling of the familiar. Skinny Jeans (seen them before), Breton Stripes (every Spring/Summer) Logo t-shirts (there are other ways to communicate, don’t cha know). Then once in a while, something bops up and down on the fashion horizon that sets off tinglings of anticipation; makes you forget that familiar feeling and re-ignites the thrill of what the fashion world can offer. And this is one of those very moments.
Excitingly news has reached Fashionbeans that one of the UK’s most iconic designers has embarked on an unprecedented partnership; bringing her opinionated design ethos to the masses. Grand Dame of fashion, Vivienne Westwood has teamed up denim heritage brand ‘Lee’ to create a capsule collection of denim that every boy about town will be clambering to get their mitts on.
The capsule denim collection from Anglomania & Lee will consist of 4 styles for Men (and 5 for women) and come in styles influenced by classic denim cuts, low crotch jeans, rock ‘n’ roll and, never one to miss out on an opportunity to shock; bondage. Drawing on inspiration from her over flowing design archive, the styles reference Westwood’s height of influence and infamy from the 70′s and 80′s when punk and pirate were the only words any fringe fashion follower would use to describe their style. Westwood signatures can also boldly be found on the collection through the use dynamic cuts she has developed throughout her career and once risqu? design notes such as crotch zips (surely a sign that middle England isn’t quite as shockable as it used to be – in fact, these days, a crotch zip seems more like a dangerous accident waiting happen, as opposed to the ballsy display of sexuality and subversive eroticism it used to be).
The jeans are sure to sell out in an instant, and with finishes that range from distressed and vintage washes to prints that were once used by Viv in her couture designs, these jeans have the potential to become keepers, if not collectables. Quite how Vivienne Westwood, a designer known for her head strong politically and socially aware design ethos, was convinced to collaborate with main stream denim masters such as Lee, we’ll never know – all that ‘beans has to say on the subject is that we’re glad she did. For those who can’t afford to indulge in the main line collections (and let’s face it, who can?), this diffusion collaboration is the ideal way to buy into the Westwood dream.
The dapper designs hit stores in July and are available exclusively at Vivienne Westwood stores, Selfridges, ASOS and My-wardrobe. Get in the the queue.
Editor: We will be updating this news story as and when they are released. We thought with the range about to launch in a couple of weeks, it is best to know before rather than after!