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Vivienne Westwood has every reason to celebrate this month, as it's more than just time to show her next collections during Fashion Month but it's also the time when thousands of Virgin Atlantic staff begin wearing her designs for their new uniform.
The revamp, launched this year as part of the fanfare around Virgin Atlantic's 30th Anniversary, first debuted back in July and his slowly showed up on Upper Class crew and beyond since. September 1 marked the date for full rollout, and you can expect the crew of your next Virgin Atlantic flight to be sporting the shiny duds, all inspired by Westwood's actual runway collections.
To know exactly what to look for, check out our full gallery and details of the new uniforms and, of course,
[Photos: Jaunted, Virgin Atlantic]
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This year's 30th Anniversary of Virgin Atlantic combined with the launch of the airline's snazzy new Vivienne Westwood-designed uniforms means more than just partytime in the skies on VS; these milestones will also bring about a revamped beauty and grooming guide for the already fresh and polished Virgin crew.
You see, when a new hire receives their uniform, they're also handed a Virgin-produced book titled Runway. It's essentially a guide to the "Virgin Atlantic look" regarding how to wear the uniform, suggested hair styles, and the like. It's meant for maintenance employees, gate agents and Clubhouse staff just as much as for cabin and flight crew, but the pages dedicated to the minutiae of a flight attendant's jet setting lifestyle are among the most enlightening.
Runway is right now in the process of being updated, but there are some choice sections worth preserving for all.
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Who are the women in veils behind FIFA officials during the World Cup trophy presentation? It was a question passed around Twitter in the few minutes after the final score, and we've got the answer.
These ladies, on the soccer pitch of Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã Stadium to present medals to the winning team, are flight attendants for Emirates, a major sponsor of the 2014 World Cup.
Following the final match between Argentina and Germany, which Germany won 1-0, a whole line of these red-lipped ladies emerged with trays of medals. The answer to their identity lay in the big red ad banners for Emirates around the field. A similar scene went down in 2010, as Emirates as also a key FIFA sponsor with their cabin crew in tow during that World Cup.
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The Virgin Atlantic look is sharp, iconic, sizzling; there’s no denying the head-turning appeal of a crisp white blouse tucked into a scorching red pencil skirt, topped off with red heels. But, with the celebration of the airline’s 30th Anniversary this year, it’s about that time for a snazzy refresh so as to continue “flying in the face of ordinary,” as the airline’s slogan goes. For this, Virgin Atlantic paired with UK designer and punk powerhouse Vivienne Westwood. The new uniforms were just unveiled July 1 in London, and will roll out for all Virgin Atlantic staff, from cabin crew to flight crew, and desk agents to Clubhouse hospitality.
Alas, a flash of the new uniform as it swishes down the airplane aisle isn't enough to appreciate the detail. Aside from the fact that it’s now easier to care for with a new tech “nano finish" (the earlier uniform was dry clean only) and yarn made from recycled plastic bottles, there are small secrets hidden in every dart and under each lapel, telling the story of the collaboration between England’s flag-carrying airline and one of the country's most iconic fashion influences.
Although the uniforms don’t officially take flight for the entire Virgin Atlantic fleet until September 1, keep an eye out for a preview on your next VS flight; crew have been heading to the airline’s Base near Gatwick Airport to pick up their full looks since this past weekend. Here's what to look for:
It’s not every day that an airline offers up some flight attendant positions, so we figured we would let you know about the latest carrier to do so. Openings are usually limited to only a few days, as there are so many applicants and so much interest—so get that cover letter and resume up-to-date and ready to go sooner than later.
The folks over at Alaska Airlines are looking for a few good men and women to join their team, as they’re holding a training class for those lucky enough to score a position later this summer. These positions will do their thing from their base in Anchorage, so be sure that’s going to work for you before clicking submit. They do note that eventually base assignments can change, and later options might include spots like Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
We’ve got a great little gadget for our flight attendant friends, and for everyone else, really. A new Kickstarter project is looking for funds to produce a clever bottle opener, and its all designed by the family of a flight attendant (hence the aviation-influenced look).
Apparently all those tiny, airline-size booze bottles are a pain in the neck to open, as the little screw tops just don’t offer enough space to get a good grip for the twisting torque necessary to open them on op. The Mini Opener exists to rescue you from these kind of problems, as it’s the perfect solution for opening mini liquor bottles, cans of soda, and bottles of beer. It’s made in right here in the USA and it's on track to become the next must-have accessory for a properly stocked liquor cabinet.
We've waxed enthusiastic about Instagram for what seems like forever, including trends like carpet designs and even celeb travel selfies, but a new trending hashtag (with over 320,000 images!) has us shaking our heads.
This hashtag#crewlifedocuments the more casual aspects of what it's like to be part of an airline's crew. All these flight attendant selfies on social media means cabin crew are snapping while in uniform. On planes. Quite possibly while working.
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Japan's third-largest airline, Skymark, is raising eyebrows this month after raising hems for flight attendants. A newer, shorter uniform is supposed to celebrate the launch of A330-300 flights from Tokyo-Haneda.
The miniskirt outfit are mod 1960s-inspired, and feature a form-fitting royal blue dress accented with a bright yellow neckscarf and a stylish wedge cap. No doubt they will turn heads when walking through any airport, but that's just the issue. The uniforms are facing opposition and criticism as they seem to sexualize Skymark flight attendants more than allow them to do their jobs in a professional manner (don't ask for help lifting your bag into the overhead bins!).
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1970s: inspired by Chilean heritage
2014 marks the 85th Anniversary of LAN. That's pretty incredible, considering commercial aviation itself is only 100 (and also celebrated that mark this year!).
To celebrate, LAN surprised one of their regularly scheduled flights from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Peru on March 12 with a flight attendant fashion show of uniforms over the decades, with 1950s, 70s, 80s and 90s ensembles again strutting the aisle.
This hardly marks the first time an airline has paraded its past through in-flight fashion. In fact, San Francisco Airport's own aviation history museum even aired out their archives to stage an exhibition of airline uniforms last year. Sadly that's come to a close, but scroll down for more photos of LAN's looks, plus a few other airline fashion shows from the last few years.
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Is that a wrench in your pocket or are you just happy to see this airplane?
That's a question for the 12 men chosen to star in the newest naughty calendar from Thai budget airline Nok Air.
Just as they recently partnered up with Playboy Thailand for a 2014 calendar of ladies, so too has the low-cost carrier done a deal with gay lifestyle magazine Attitude to produce a 2014 calendar of hot men.
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Nok, a budget airline based in Bangkok, called up Playboy Thailand and collaborated with the men's publication to choose the "10 Hottest Bunnies" to star alongside Nok's colorful fleet of Boeing 737s (and ATR 72s) for a 2014 calendar. There's no word on the cost of the calendar, but it's safe to assume that passengers may buy them onboard Nok's flights.
AirBaltic, with a hub in Riga (Latvia), is yet another small European carrier making short, inexpensive hops to destinations as near as Vilnius, Lithuania and as far as Abu Dhabi, UAE. To set themselves apart from the mess of other Euro airlines sending around "Happy Holidays" e-greetings, AirBaltic this year employed drones to deliver some free tickets to unsuspecting fans.
To celebrate New Year's however, it's back to the old chestnut of selling a flight attendant calendar.