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‘Buy fewer clothes’ is hardly the cri de coeur you’d expect from a woman who has made her name and her career from selling them.
But today Dame Vivienne Westwood made exactly that extraordinary plea and directed it particularly at ‘poor people’.
The eccentric designer sat among celebrities and fashion journalists in the front row for her s/s14 show at the German Gymnasium in north London, instead of waiting backstage as usual.
It meant she had pride of place for the dramatic opening, which saw supermodel Lily Cole performing an interpretative dance while wearing a flowing, Grecian style gown.
Act: Lily Cole said she had been nervous about her modern dance debut, which she had devised with the help of a friend, but said collaborating with Dame Vivienne was ‘not even work’
Dame Vivienne also urged people to take more of an interest in culture, saying: ‘The first thing they can do, if they live in a town, is they can go to art galleries.
‘Start building different values, where you engage with the past, with the human race.’
The Vivienne Westwood Red Label collection for spring/summer 2014 saw models, their faces caked in black and white make up, wearing the designer’s trademark tartan, embellished with oversized corsages.
There were also English country garden prints and T shirts printed with the phrase: ‘Climate Revolution’, the designer’s political and environmental message making its mark on the catwalk.
Those watching included Hollywood actress Anna Kendrick and singer Paloma Faith.
Cole said she had been nervous about her modern dance debut, which she had devised with the help of a friend, but said collaborating with Dame Vivienne was ‘not even work’ as she enjoyed it so much.
‘I’m doing it for the love of it. and to try to communicate the values we both believe in,’ said Cole.
‘I also did it because it scared me. I’ve never danced live before. I think it’s important to challenge yourself in life.’
Wearable: Despite the climate change message, Westwood offered up a positive vision for S/S14
‘I AM THE LAST PUNK’: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO WESTWOOD
‘Everybody looks like clones and the only people you notice are my age. I don’t notice anybody unless they look great, and every now and again they do, and they are usually 70’
On being controversial:
‘The only possible effect one can have on the world is through unpopular ideas’
One her SEX shop in Chelsea:
‘We wanted to create a feeling of being inside a womb, but in a sort of sex torture chamber’
On looking good:
‘You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes”Feminists wish women to seem like men. They’re not men.’