“Buy Less. Choose Well. Make It Last” says Vivienne Westwood. The Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette launched their “Changeons de mode” (Fashioning Change) campaign to push for a more sustainable fashion industry, and hosted a talk with the queen of punk, Vivienne Westwood. She shared her view on the fashion industry, and proved that she is still as punk as she was in her thirties.

The climate change crisis is here and people are more careful when buying products. So, more and more brands are changing to sustainable production cycles. But Dame Vivienne Westwood has been thinking about sustainable fashion for years. It’s only logical that she were the guest of the Parisian Galeries Lafayette to launch their “Changeons de mode” (Fashioning the change) campaign to think about the future of fashion.

Vivienne Westwood has been designing clothes and shaping fashion for years. Starting with her small shop in King’s Road in London, she dressed band members of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls, and went on to mold the 1970s punk scene. At the heart of the punk movement, Westwood saw “youth and anger versus age“. Young people were mad at the generation that was responsible for the Vietnam War but still in power. Together with her partner, Malcolm McLaren who was managing the Sex Pistols, she conveyed political messages through clothing.

Throughout her career as a designer, her style has evolved but has always remained true to its punk roots. She keeps on using her platform to share her political views, including the preservation of the planet. She started her website climaterevolution.co.uk to share her ideas, educate and find a solution to environmental problems. People can’t afford to not care about climate change, because it will impact everyone. And if nothing is done very soon, it will be too late. So she advises people to take an interest in climate change, try not to shop too much or shop responsibly, avoid driving regularly and take public transportation.

Fixing the issues

Westwood sees one big problem today, the “rotten dollar”. Governments only wish for more money and create poverty and crime. And if they are responsible for crime, politicians are criminals themselves. She is not afraid to call out leaders, the usual suspects such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, but also more popular politicians such as Barack Obama.

Vivienne Westwood created a banner that sums up her world view for the Galeries Lafayette talk. At the heart of her philosophy is what she calls “1 World Rent.” She believes humans are just renting the Earth. In her ideal world, land – which includes oceans, airwaves… – should not belong to individuals so that they can make more profit (capitalism), nor should it belong to everyone (communism); it should belong to no one. People would just be renting land to a responsible government that would hold the authority and trust of a democracy and would make sure the planet is protected. She thought about the way to make farmers and people living off of the land happy and it would be that: people would not have their land taken away; they could still hold and use it for perpetuity as long as they treat it with respect.

Fighting for the future

But Vivienne Westwood manages to stay positive and keep fighting. Even though, she feels “terrible sometimes, so tired,” she has an optimistic nature and when she feel possessed by ideas, she has to act on it. She has a lot to live for and she cares about people. She believes in being her best self. And, ultimately, she “believe[s] in life.” Young activists like Greta Thunberg impress her. The young Swede “is wonderful” and “serves the cause of democracy” by giving people a focus.

While she believes in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto, she wants to focus on the “reduce” part of the trio, specifically in production. Next season, Vivienne Westwood is reducing her collection by half and will make it in Italy (because in England they’re “just not good enough”) so that less people will have to travel. She continues to work in fashion because she wants to create THE company of the future. She would love to make into law that once you expand your brand to a certain point, you can’t expand anymore and you have to give your profits to charity. Westwood is also advocating for the end of wasteful practices like the use of cotton and denim. She stopped making jeans and has decided to tell people to go to second-hand shops.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

Earlier this September, Nike unveiled the campaign for its D/MS/X shoes. The sneakers are as colorful, youthful and bold as their ambassador, the singer Rimon. We talked with the singer-songwriter about music and style.

At 21 years old, Amsterdam-based Rimon is an upcoming artist you should pay attention to. The young woman released her first EP BBYGIRL FOCU$ in November 2018. From soul to hip-hop and electro, she mixes ambiances and emotions. She’s loved streetwear for a long time and is now part of Nike’s D/MS/X campaign.

What is your relationship with streetwear and Nike?

I grew up with streetwear. I kinda was a tomboy back in the days so I loved tracksuits and comfortable clothing. We didn’t have a lot of money in our household when I was young, so I remember very clearly when my mother would purchase me new Nike airforces, once a year. There was a real joy in rocking new kicks the next day at school.

What is the item of clothing or pair of shoes you take everywhere?

I always take a hoodie with me, especially when I’m traveling. Even summers, cause the weather in The Netherlands is pretty unpredictable, and a hoodie always keeps me warm and cozy.

How would you describe your style, both in music and in fashion?

I’d describe it as a mixture of a lot of influences. The way I approach music and fashion is actually very similar, I really tap into every inspiration and influence I’ve encountered and make my own thing out of it. I really love mixing rough with sensual too, same with my music, I love to sing but I love to rap lowkey too, and I try to combine both of worlds cause that’s who I am.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Anything, really… But mostly real-life events and situations, stuff I go through personally or people around me go through. When it comes to fashion and aesthetics, I check Pinterest and have a whole folder on Instagram with a bunch of saved pictures that inspire me. Lately I’ve been researching African tribes a lot and their traditions and clothing.

What were your teen years like? Were you into sports?

I was a real rebel in my teenage years, I loved to provoke and cross limits just to see what would happen. I loved sports! When I attended highschool I was approved to join the ”sports class” which was a special class that focused on people that wanted to focus on sports next to their education. I used to dance and play handball. 

When did you decide to pursue music as a career?

I think I was around 18 when I really got into music and started taking it seriously, I noticed that it was easier due to internet and streaming services to create your own fanbase and just release music, so that’s when I started to see opportunities.

Interview by Juliette Cardinale

The LA-based denim brand Mother unveiled a capsule collection called Mystical, right on time for the revival of spiritualism.

The beneficial properties of crystals are sought after

The famous Woodstock festival may be turning 50 years old in 2019, but the hippies and the mysticism some of whom followed are not just things of the past. For several years now, women have reclaimed the imagery of the witch. Far from being the villains of fairy tales, mystical women sing the praises of herbs, potions and crystals through numerous blogs. The Mother brand was inspired by the ambient spirituality of California to unveil a capsule collection called Mystical. True to its original inspiration, growing up in California in the 1970s, Mother celebrates freedom and independent spirits.

A pair of jeans for every need

In total, 17 pieces combine fashion and alternative beliefs. Four cuts (and colors) of jeans meet different needs: “Prosperity + Strength”, “Intuition + Creativity”, “Protection + Serene Travels” and “Love + Happiness”. Each pair of jeans comes with its own pouch, containing crystals corresponding to each need. There is also a denim jacket and shirt, embroidered with planetary or star-shaped symbols. A tracksuit, for the rather sporty aesthetics of the California Girl, socks and T-shirts with modern humorous messages (“Mystical af”) complete the silhouette of the mystical woman, often in the essential tie-dye colors.

The Lion’s Gate Portal

The capsule collection was unveiled on August 8, 2019, the day of the Lion’s Gate Portal. This astrological event, when the Earth aligns with the Sun and the star Sirius, is important for any mysticism enthusiast. It symbolizes transformation, evolution and energy update. The Lion’s Gate Portal is the best time to accept change and get a newfound appreciation for the world around us. The ideal time to find out more about mysticism? 

The Mystical collection is available in stores and on motherdenim.com.

Article by Juliette Cardinale


Who loves the idea of vintage shopping but doesn’t quite enjoy the experience of physically going through racks and racks of clothes? You have your mind set on finding something brilliant, something that makes you excited, something that you can brag about because it is one-of-a-kind and no one else has it. Plus, getting it from Paris is the cherry on top. Actually, going into a shop can be very overwhelming. You have so many things to look through. It can also be very time-consuming and sometimes disappointing when you don’t find what you are looking for. Now, you don’t have to! You don’t even have to book a ticket to France. We did our research and a made a list of the best e-shops that do all the dirty work basically, and perfectly curate the trendy vintage outfits you love so much. Here are five online stores that rummage through every nook and cranny in Paris to snatch up vintage looks made for you!

ROCOCO VINTAGE PARIS

Rococo Vintage is a vintage e-store that collects pieces from Paris only. They ship worldwide and offer personal shopping and styling tips. To contact them for information on sizes, materials and availability, you can easily send a DM on Instagram. Their looks scream Pinterest goals and each piece has a nostalgic, 70s retro vibe to it while remaining feminine and very current.

Photos by Rococo Vintage

@rococovintageparis

PETITE CHINEUSE

Vintage pieces are handpicked in Paris by founder Hannah Stioui. You can contact her on Instagram by using direct messaging. Her pieces are also sold on vinted.com. On Petite Chineuse you will find very sweet and classic Parisienne styled pieces like cable knit sweaters, eyelet patterns, and unique embellishments and buttons.

Photos by Petite Chineuse

@petitechineuse

FRIPOUILLE

Fripouille offers many different kinds of styles all handpicked by founder Diane Kari. She offers worldwide shipping and delivery in Paris. You can order by DM-ing @fripouillevintage on Instagram. Diane selects very easy-going and chic pieces that add flare and variety to your wardrobe.

@fripouille

IMPARFAITE

Imparfaite is an online shop where you can find a plethora of products. Every day new pieces are added to this ‘preloved’ selection. Not only does Imparfaite sell precious and one-of-a-kind pieces, but they also collect hundreds of 501 Levi’s jeans that you can choose from.

Photos by Imparfaite Vintage

@imparfaite

GAVROCHE VINTAGE

Gavroche Vintage was founded by Lucie Mahe. She sells her pieces through vinted.com. Lucie handpicks a lot of wearable, neutral colored pieces that are the perfect addition to any feminine fashionista’s closet. Currently, shipping is only available in the EU.

Photos by Gavroche Vintage

@gavrochevintage

Article by Katie Chaplin