Vivienne Westwood boutique opens in Waikiki

March 7th, 2013
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vwmgrNadine Kam photos
Vivienne Westwood Waikiki store manager Stacie Dickinson in Anglomania line spring collection floral pant ($576) and top ($376), with Melissa shoe ($206), shown in detail below.

By Nadine Kam

March 6 marked the grand opening of the Vivienne Westwood boutique at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki.

During an early morning store blessing, someone asked me if the designer is still alive.

Yes quite! In fact, the grand dame of British punk is still making waves, most recently with the showing of her Autumn/Winter 2013-'14 "Climate Revolution" collection. The designer doesn't mince words when she says the culture wars are "no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious."

The redheaded provocateur rose to prominence as the designer for Malcolm McLaren's King's Road. It started as Let it Rock in the '70s, before becoming more famously known as 'SEX'. Their mashup of clothing, music and rebellion shaped the rising 1970s British punk scene and image of McLaren's band, the Sex Pistols.

I am so, so happy the boutique is here. I've been obsessed with British designers for decades, because of that whole dichotomy between punk and impeccable Savile Row tailoring, and of course, the taste for the theatrical as exhibited by Westwood, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. I guess now it's because they helped me feel normal in my attraction to both ends of the fashion spectrum. (I'm also obsessed with the Italians for their sense of color and familial heritage.)

Given Westwood's penchant to shock and the drama of her runway shows, it was so surprising to find the clothing in the boutique to be so beautiful and wearable! Items start at about $300 for shorts and $400 for tops, with T-shirts from $112.

Anne and Ed Schultz, with partners in Guam, brought the boutique to Honolulu, after opening in Guam and finding a welcome audience of both residents and visitors.

Anne said she believed Westwood's style, "With gorgeous products that are so wearable, whether all together or by incorporating single pieces into your wardrobe, would translate well in Hawaii."

Many of the designs carried at the boutique are casual, and can be dressed up or down. They're also high quality, made in London and Italy.

Anne said, "It's a wonderful season to present to Hawaii because of all the bright colors and floral patterns."

Available at the boutique are the Anglomania and Red Label collections, along with mens, footwear and accessories collections.

vwshoeThe Melissa shoe, $206, topped with a pretty pink bow.

vwBoutique owners Ed and Cathy Schultz.

vwnecklaceOne of Vivienne Westwood's signature Orb necklaces.

vwbeltThe Orb detail shows up on items from belts and scarves, and small leather goods, to handbag hardware.

vwloafersPatent skull loafers, $346

vwmensMen's apparel.

vwknuckleCandy-colored knuckle dusters.

vwpiratePirate boots, $1,002.

vwmaikoMaiko Nakano shows one of her favorite pieces in the store, a Red Label heart sweater, $570, or jumper if you're a Brit.

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vwsalesA lot of purchases were being made minutes after the store opened.

vwhandbagPink purse, $465.

vwbagsTartan-inspired handbags ...

vwkeyring... and keyrings.

vwwalletsMore orb presence.

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