Vivienne Westwood SS2015 Men's Collection began with images of childhood seaside holidays on the British coastline. It started to look at the similarities between the pixelated graphics of late 70’s arcade games played on the pleasure pier and Native American art. The pixelated patterns and acid colours is a reminder of something tribal, a little Native American, so this allowed another avenue to explore.
Combining pixel block tartan prints and jacquards, crystalised tartans and needle punch techniques, linear prints and dancette lines in knits and fil coupe shirting. There are star tooth prints and weaves, embellishment and beading, raw edges and fringing.
Some archive bondage pieces found their way into the collection, reminding us of certain details applied in Native American tribal wear and also a nod to the first appearance of this trouser during the 70’s.
For this show, the brand is supporting the Pig Pledge which is a campaign to encourage people not to buy or eat factory farmed meat. Vivienne & Andreas are both vegetarians but they are urging people who do eat meat to always find out where it is coming from and to avoid meat from animal factories.
Imagine Tracy Worcester, now approaching middle age, a few years ago when Vivienne getting on a plane to Poland with a plan of operation and an aim to expose the cruelty to pigs, the inefficiency and the pollution caused by factory farming.
All undercover she made a film called ‘Pig Business’. Vivienne saw it and expected Tracy didn’t know where to start, but she found a way.
Vivienne became Tracy’s friend for life. "No animal should be born to suffer; it was like Bedlam on a mass scale for pigs: sickness, death and lunacy – of pigs. We don’t need this to happen." Says Vivienne Westwood.