Vivienne Westwood

Viv & Jack

Hey, so ya know I have a case of anglophilitis (want some evidence, check here). So imagine my delight upon discovering this baby -- part of the new Vivienne Westwood collection for Cole & Son

Yes, it's beat up Union Jack wallpaper from the Queen of the Kings Road herself. I would soooo love to use this somewhere. Vivienne Westwood is such a super cool bad-ass lady with crazy talent. I saw her up close and in the flesh a couple of years ago and was taken completely by surprise. It was the press preview of the Anglomania exhibit at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. I happened to be in town for a press event and managed to get myself into the preview. So, there I was, engrossed in one of the most sensational fashion exhibits I've ever seen. I looked up and there was Hamish Bowles from Vogue. I was totally star struck my him and actually followed him around for a bit, secretly trying to get a good pic (I know, I'm a bit of a freak). Anyhoo, just a few minutes later and I looked around and there was Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, Ozwald Boateng. I was totally surrounded by some of the biggest names in British fashion. Amazing. Then I spotted a major crowd forming with cameras and lights etc. And it was her -- Vivienne. I'll try to find some of my pics from that day and post them. 

As for Cole & Son, I was treated to a tour of the factory when I was in London a while back and I'm dying to tell you more about it. You'll have to stay tuned to the pages of STYLE AT HOME for that though (I'll let you know!).


cool britannia!

My anglomaniacal tendencies. First Claudia at The Paris Apartment posted this:

Then the July 29 post about the anniversary of the wedding of Charles and Diana at The Adventures of Tartanscot here....

It all got me thinking about my inexplicable love of all things English -- and in particular the Union Jack. Here's a celebration.

Cute stuff from Jan Constantine -- available at Selfridges.

A wicked chaise in a photo by James Merrell.









Super fun goods from What could be more perfect than Union Jack egg and tea cozies?








Victorian chairs get a mod spin with flag fabrics - you just can't do that with the Canadian flag. Above left: Henry Road. Above right: Melanie Porter.

A Paul Smith wallhanging - everything he does rocks, Tara Bernerd cushion and the excellent effed up flag rug by the fabulous Vivienne Westwood -- all from The Rug Company.

And lastly...quintessential mod style brought to you by music and style icon Paul Weller (he even had his own line of shoes once) and Carnaby Street hot shop The Merc...