I’m a-time-travelling. It’s 2009. I’m acting Shopping Ed for Time Out Dubai. Vivienne Westwood announces she’s opening up an eponymous boutique at a new mall. I ask for an interview. She says yes. What ensues is a pinch-myself-am-I-dreaming career moment.
Dame Viv lyrically waxes on all sorts. Her thoughts on trends and up-and-coming fashion designers, her love for Russian composers and Spanish artists, the environment, the Queen and so much more. I have more than 3,453,234,332,234,555.023 usable words for a 1,500-word feature. She guest edits the mag and designs a cover. I’m all swoony and hooked.
It’s last Friday. I’m at the Barbican. The London Symphony Orchestra is doing Stravinksy. During the intermission, Dame Viv brushes past me on the way to the bar. My heart jiggles. We chat. I mumble something akin to the above recollection. She looks at me blankly. She looks at me with kindness. She says my name and shakes my hand. As does Andreas, her beautifully hirsute and smiley husband. Just another writer to her. Just another seminal experience for me.
It’s today. I read over the interview that changed the course of my career. I choose my favourite pieces from the Vivienne Westwood‘s Anglomania SS12 collection and I share them with you. Here.
More info and pics here.
My Vivienne Westwood interview is here.
Images courtesy of Vivienne Westwood.