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Who better than Dame Vivienne Westwood, known for her subversive punk designs and dramatic corseted evening gowns, to partner with MATCHESFASHION.COM? Delving into her archive, Westwood, 72, created five exclusive signature dresses in fine silk-crepes and taffetas printed with a reworking of her iconic squiggle print.

Brigitte Stepputtis, Vivienne Westwood head of couture, says, ‘This collection uses some beautiful existing styles from our archive and allowed us to introduce new silhouettes to our customers. The collection is really classic and elegant as it incorporates the best of Vivienne’s designs then and now. Vivienne wanted to create a very feminine and playful collection so we have reworked the iconic squiggle print on a vibrant colour palette printed on fine silk crepes and taffetas and added bust and bottom darts to accentuate the female form.’

And showcasing these exclusive dresses is Daisy Lowe, the British model who embodies confidence and joie de vivre like few others. Lowe, 24, boasts rebellious roots of her own: her mother, Pearl Lowe, was a self-proclaimed rock ’n’ roll party girl, though Daisy prefers wholesome nights in. As a child, she idolised Westwood, and today the two friends have reunited to celebrate this project for MATCHESFASHION.COM.
‘Fashion was never a plan. My mum always had lots of magazines lying around the house so I got into them at an early age, maybe 10 or 11. But I started getting into fashion because of Vivienne Westwood. My mum was such a massive fan and would always go and buy lots of things. I wasn’t really that interested in fashion until one day she came home with lots of big bags full of Vivienne Westwood clothes. Her dresses felt like playgrounds to me; you had to work out how to get in and out of them, and what tied where. That was my real introduction to fashion, really.

‘I’ve always idolised Vivienne. The first show of hers I walked in [for the SS11 collection] was my favourite. It was her return to London from Paris for her Red Label line. The energy of it was so great. Lovely Terry [Barber] from MAC had done a beautiful job with the make-up, but at the end Vivienne just ran out, dipped her fingers in purple eye shadow and rubbed it on my face. Then I was told that I would be wearing the shortest dress in the show because the stylist knew that I was the only person who would have the balls to pull it down while walking the catwalk.

‘I get so scared before I walk in a show but you get lost in the moment when you are doing it and when it’s over you think, “I want to do it again!” I always love going to Christopher Kane and Roksanda Ilincic’s shows at London fashion week and I like seeing what Marc Jacobs does, too. I love Dolce & Gabbana because it’s so feminine and beautiful.’
‘My clothes allow you to project your personality. They are quite theatrical in the sense that they are real clothes, well designed, and they give you a chance to express yourself.

‘What really touches me is the woman who is chic, she knows herself, doesn’t buy into mass marketing or publicity but takes the trouble to look good and shows off her best assets. I think that posture is the first asset; it comes from inside and is natural grace. This shows her to be generous yet discriminating and wishing to gain from her experience in life.’
Champagne or mojito?

Frank Ocean or Frank Sinatra?
‘Frank Sinatra. I love Frank Ocean, but it would be Sinatra.’

Honey or Marmite?
‘Honey. No, Marmite. No, honey!’

When did you last cry?
‘At the end of our holiday two days ago. When we left to get the plane home we all got so emotional!’

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
‘I have to meditate.’

The last record you bought or downloaded?
‘The Chic Greatest Hits.’

What super power would you like to have?
‘I’d like to have the ability to shoot light out of my hands!’

What is your most treasured possession?
‘Probably my Acne combat boots. I’ve had them for years.’

What’ve you been meaning to do but haven’t had time for?
‘Write a blog.’
Exclusive Lilly double
squiggle-print dress
Model Daisy Lowe at Liz Matthews PR. Hair by Lok Lau at CLM. Make-up by Florrie
White at D+V. Manicure by Adam Slee at Streeters. Production by Natalie Davis.
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