Virgin Atlantic celebrates Vivienne Westwood partnership
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Two huge British brands in both fashion and aviation joined forces to mark the redesign of the airline company's red uniforms in London this week – with a party for which Debbie Harry performed wearing one of Virgin's new blazers. Other guests included Lily Cole, Eliza Doolittle, Alice Eve, Jack Guinness, Douglas Booth, Luke Evans and Mark Ronson with his wife, Josephine de la Baume.
Westwood has created the eco-friendly outfits for more than 7,500 staff of Virgin Atlantic, and said she designed with input from the company's employees. Some items are made using a polyester yarn derived from used plastic bottles, and the women's uniform includes a red fitted jacket with a nipped waist and an asymmetric frill blouse, pencil skirt, red pumps with an hourglass heel and a red leather bag with diamond-shaped handles.
For men, it's a three-piece suit made from burgundy wool, plus oxford shoes, and took its inspiration from Savile Row and 40s French couture.
"My clothes have always got a very strong dynamic rapport with the body," said the designer, "they are very body conscious, they help you to look glamorous, more hourglass, more woman. I design things to help people to hopefully express their personality. I am always trying to find fabrics that are more friendly to the environment – working with Virgin Atlantic, they managed to research into this and find more eco fabrics."