The Vivienne Westwood 2024 Sun Collection references a painterly palette – washing the face with broad strokes of colour inspired by the work of Italian 17th -century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, who was the first female member of the Accademia Delle Arti del Disegno, Florence.
Futuristic iridescent and metallic materials contrast with the soft and playful Baroque palette, across bold vintage inspired silhouettes – inspired by the glitterati of the 1970’s and 80’s.
The collection looks to icons of Studio 54 glamour – Tina Turner, Bianca Jagger and Liza Minnelli. As well as bygone heroes of culture, stage and screen; pin up Jayne Mansfield, musicians Lou Reed and John Cale, Italian performer Moira Orfei, designers Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Peretti and Judy Blame, and Hollywood legends such as Arthur Miller. The eclectic collection transcends time – combining large-scale proportions, classic glamour and timeless styles with a contemporary edge.
Statement frames adopt tortoise shell and gradient acetate in unexpected colours, and intricate pearl details, synonymous with the house, embellish bold acetate styles. The ‘90’s sporty visor look brings a fresh frameless style to the collection and chunky hardware sits across the arms of the vintage inspired frames in the collection.
The impact and choice of raw materials to create the collection have been selected with the upmost consideration. The hand-made acetate frames and temple tips in the collection are crafted in an innovative Eastman material ‘Acetate Renew’, made from 60% bio-based content and 40% certified recycled content. The bio-based material is formed of renewable wood pulp cellulose from FSC certified sources. The recycled content is formed of waste plastic diverted from landfill, which would otherwise not be recycled.
The packaging of the collection has also been carefully considered with a recycled by-product leather case, organic cotton bag and recycled polyester cloth – all produced with 100% green energy.
The Vivienne Westwood Sun Collection will be available from Vivienne Westwood boutiques in London and throughout the UK, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Japan, China, Hong Kong and at viviennewestwood.com.