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Stylish Celebrities Remember Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood, the simultaneously iconic and iconoclastic fashion designer, died Thursday, December 29. Westwood’s design work impacted every facet of pop culture — from the Sex Pistols to today’s corset trend, she did it all. So it comes as no surprise that her passing was mourned by a wide swath of celebrities. Everyone from Paul McCartney (who called her “a ballsy lady”) to RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. winner the Vivienne had fond things to say about Westwood. Many paid tribute to her contributions to style, especially in founding the punk aesthetic. Annie Lennox also commended her activism. “Vivienne Westwood’s passion lay in ‘activism’, which she embraced completely and wholeheartedly. Her life force simply blew definitions out of the water,” Lennox wrote on social media. “Far more an eighteen year old than eighty - one in human years - A fearless, formidable force of nature who turned everything upside down - inside out and back to front, both ‘literally’ and figuratively! Britain’s version of ‘Frida Kahlo’… Not ‘gone’ - She’s just moved elsewhere.” Style forecaster Mandy Lee wrote a fitting epitaph on Instagram: “Mother of clowncore, master of tartan, original manrepeller, punk pioneer, innovator, legend.”

Stylish Celebrities Remember Vivienne Westwood