NEW YORK — Talk about a match made in British heaven. Vivienne Westwood and Richard Branson — both known to buck the norm in their own ways — have joined forces, with the irreverent designer creating the new uniforms for Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline.
Westwood, who first made a fashion splash during the punk era, designed men’s and women’s uniforms that combine her Forties couture proclivities with Savile Row touches. Don’t expect Westwood’s uniforms to be as theatrical as her typical runway fare, though. The designer went for a functional pieces — these are clothes for work after all — with just the right amount of whimsical detail. For the female cabin crew, for instance, a red suit, nipped at the waist and curved at the hip, features strategically placed bust pleats as well as a dart and double pleat in the back. The male counterpart’s burgundy three-piece suit has gray, shadowlike details under the lapels and pockets.
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