This weekend it was my parents 25th Wedding Anniversary party. It was spectacular. It was a barn dance. Doe-see-doing, galloping and lots of laughing. EVERYONE loved it. I can’t wait for my next hoe down.
Hoi, I’m carrying balloons.
We had a copius amount of sweets left over. Calorie hell. Yum.
When I heard that Vivienne Westwood was appearing on Jonathan Ross, I thought it was going to be your bog standard “my publicist wants me to do an interview to keep my profile alive” interview. It was completely polar to that, and an extremely refreshing interview. It did seem quite apt that her opening VT was accompanied by Dizzee Rascal’s -Bonkers though.
I’m not sure wether her dress of seven metres of fabric tied up with a belt that you wear with boxers was an attention attracting fashion statement, or something that she genuinely liked.
She says that “it comes from a concept of do it yourself, take the table cloth even if it’s beautiful…put things together yourself. Don’t spend money, take what you can find, get your old things and keep on wearing them, don’t buy much fashion anymore, but if you do buy it, choose really well, wear it for a long time, til it drops off your back, it’ll get even more wonderful maybe”.
Surely she is doing herself out of business by proclaiming this? “Buy less, choose well. Don’t buy things for the sake of it because then everyone looks alike”
After informing Jonathan that she is not one to critique people’s sense of style that she see’s on the street, and that she isn’t one for reading Fashion magazines, she addresses her specific reason for asking to come onto the show.
The turning point for Vivienne was about a year ago when she read an interview with James Lovelock, who is 90 years old this year. He has been warning about this situation since the 70’s. He said that unless we stop it, reverse it, then by the end of the century their will only be one billion people left and by the middle of the century their is going to be 10 billion.
She was so shocked and so upset – “you can’t imagine the suffering because its unimaginable.”
What traumatizes Vivienne the most is that we can stop it, it doesn’t have to happen.
Jonathan probes her for a way to stop; obviously most people are aware of climate change, is the answer with the individual?
The reason she asked to come on the show is because it gets alot of viewers, she thinks that we can only be saved by public opinion.
“The scientists are giving us all the information, but it isn’t getting through to people.”
Westwood thinks it’s not getting through because politicians are treating it as one thing on a list of things to do. And actually it is the first problem and the last problem, everything in between, the financial crisis, etc are all sypmtoms of this problem. The human race; you can say it is a little blip on the story of evolution and we are not going to last forever. But “the suffering is not acceptable, we can’t have that.”
She presents the facts;
The amount of greenhouse gas in the air: up until the industrial revolution, between 180 and 300 parts per million, and this was the case for 65’000 years. Since then it has been going up and it’s nearly 400 parts per million. And 400 parts per million, is this famous two degrees of heat that we keep hearing about. If it goes beyond that, you get this chain reaction which gets so fast and so powerful, one things affects another but then everything affects everything else, and it accelerates and accelerates. So you’ve got runaway global warming and you can’t stop it, and by the times it gets to three degrees, but even probably before that you say goodbye to the rainforest. And no money can buy the worth that that gives us.
“If you are going to reverse it, the speed at which you do it, is most important. What you do today is better than what you do tomorrow.”
“We need government policy and we need these issues really talked about.”
Vivienne on her adoration for Prince Charles:
“He’s not elected – but he’s doing more than any politcian I’ve ever heard of in my lifetime. He’s got a structure in place to save the rain forest.”
What she pleads more than anything is to log onto his website www.rainforestsos.org He is trying to gather names. “That is one thing you can do, you’ve got to get involved.”
You can see it in her eyes, this woman is fervent about this cause.
” The human race. Are we going to survive? You should get passionate about that.”
Her personal connection to the world is of great importance to her, when she goes to a city for business or a fitting she makes sure she takes advantage of the culture; museums, galleries.
“You have to understand the world you live in. You need to go deep. If you don’t have depth then you don’t understand the world we live in. Our age, if we tackle global warming, could be so fun, we could start to do things. Get a life, instead of being a cipher in the consumer world, you get out what you put in.”
“My duty is to understand the world I live in. Understanding it; you help the world. It’s all you can do. What can I do. This gift of life.”
I was one of those kids that hated Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don’t think there were many of us. I still to this day have not seen an episode.
Since Edward Cullen, I have certainly been a convert to vampire related material.
I have now ploughed my way through the first Season of True Blood. And caught up with the second.
I couldn’t help myself when I saw Sookie wearing this.
I know that everyone who watches it goes around saying “Sooookeeeh”.
Kat Von D is a girl crush of mine. LA Ink Season Four started this week.
Look at Kat’s Car……..Jealous.
It’s a 1951 custom Chevrolet Deluxe.
The tail lights are shaped like hearts…wtf?
Make New Friends, But Keep the Old…
Edited by AsheMischief
Because fashion bloggers love both silver & gold!
Okay, that was a bit of a cheesy, childhood song for those Stateside, but I did notice one thing this week– fresh new faces and old familiar ones. From long time contributors like Mademoiselle Robot and The Musings of Ondo Lady, to new (-to-me) Our Ocean, Links á la Mode is an amazing way to meet new bloggers and discover new territories. Think of today as Make a New Friend Day on Links á la Mode…read new blogs for a fresh dose of inspiration and revisit your favorites to remember why you love them!
As always, we’ve got a delightful mash-up of posts, too… from how to score review samples to a thoughtful post on The Uniform Project and lots of great summer clothes and jewelry. Be sure to check out the forums too, as there are several great contests going on!
Links à la Mode : July 16th
- 39thandbroadway.com – NYC vs LA – The Fashion Week Debate
- Fabulous Finds Gal – Who doesn’t love a gorgeous pin-up? The pin-up poet’s gorgeous and creative new amazing book and insightful interview with the author.
- Fashion Dare – A Nautical Nod
- Fasshonaburu – Everyone has a list like this, places to go before you turn 50, a “bucket list” of things to do before you kick it, etc. Well, it sounds shallow and superficial (and by “sounds” I mean “is”), but I have a list of things I want to buy before I enter my nex
- HiFashion – The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Good Health
- Hong Kong Fashion Geek – Wide-leg pants and how to make them work for you
- Independent Fashion Bloggers – Not Buying It: How has the recession affected your fashion blog?
- Mademoiselle Robot – A London Girl’s shopping guide to Stockholm.
- Meilily – Island Style Pick: Wood & Bead Bracelet
- Our Ocean – A colourful review of the clothes in An American in Paris.
- Retro Chick – Lulu Guinness Holiday Resort 2009 Collection
- Shop Diary – 2 days ago 1stdibs.com, the renowned antiques site, just launched a vintage couture, fashion and accessories designer section.
- The Capitol Fashionista – Modern Fashionista Travel with Vintage Luggage: What better way to add a little touch of class than packing it all up in vintage luggage.
- THE COVETED – Gorgeous New, More Affordable Denim from A|X and a $500 A| Gift Card Giveaway
- The Fashion Planner – ShoeDazzle – Review of Kim Kardashian’s shoe club.
- the musings of ondo lady – Mention the word Biba and you can bet that any decent fashionista will go all starry eyed. This is because along with Mary Quant, Diane von Furstenberg and Twiggy, Biba is right up there as one of the iconic fashion brands of the 60s and 70s.
- The Recessionista – 2 days ago Essential Summer Style Tips–Tips for essential summer wardrobe staples: Tips from The Recessionista Blog and Jones’ New York Style Guru Lloyd Boston
- Think Thru Fashion – Agate Accessories: Find affordable ways to wear the trendy crystal.
- threadbared – How the Uniform Project highlights fashion’s one constant — the tension between individuality and standardization
- tickle – Fresh Catch! tickle grills the designers of Delirius, a line as flirty as NY girls
- Unfunded – All Eyes on Hayden Panettiere and Lace!