Westwood criticises Duchess, praises Assange

During her London Fashion Week showcase at the Saatchi Gallery, Dame Vivienne advised that, since she goes to so much trouble to select each outfit, the Duchess of Cambridge should be re-wearing them more often.

“I don’t have any advice to her, except I think it would be great if she wore the same clothes over and again, because that’s very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message,” Westwood said before her Red Label fashion show.

“If you’re going to all that trouble to get an outfit that suits you, then you should keep on wearing it.”

“I mean you don’t have to have a red outfit one day and then something almost the same in blue the next,” continued Westwood.

The declaration by the fashion matriarch comes as a bit of a surprise to some, seeing as the Duchess has been condemned for doing that very thing that Westwood is accusing her of failing to do. The British media and fashion elite has often turned on Kate, for stepping out in the same outfit twice and hence, committing the ultimate fashion faux pas. 

In other news, the British designer turned heads at her show, for wearing a t-shirt with an image of Julian Assange that read, ‘I Am Julian Assange’ during her catwalks show.

“I’m a big supporter of Julian Assange,” Westwood told Reuters. “He’s an incredible hero because he exposes the lies of the war mafia people.”

“I love people who stick their necks out,” she said.

Assange enraged the US for his use of WikiLeaks to leak hundreds of thousands of often-embarrassing secret U.S. diplomatic and military cables in 2010. He is currently bunkered up Ecuador’s embassy to avoid extradition from Britain to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. 

Despite this, Westwood sees the WikiLeaks founder as an idol of sorts.

Talent emerges from iD Dunedin Fashion Show

Croatian fashion designer Igor Galas took the major prize of $5000 at the iD Emerging Designer Awards in Dunedin last night. The win also grants him direct entry into the Mittelmoda fashion show in Italy

The awards attract designers from the world’s most prestigious design schools, exposing the country to unprecedented international fashion design talent. From over 120 entries, 30 finalists were selected.

Galas is a graduate of the Faculty of Textile Design, Zagreb, Croatia. His collection Protector from Knitted Galaxy was deemed by judges to possess a strong, cohesive theme and demonstrated a great range of skills, including the traditional handcraft of knitting.

Beauty Editor Milly Nolan was there to view the awards and was blown away by the high calibre of the entries, saying: “There’s so much talent out there!”

Zandra Rhodes, the fashion designer known as the “Princess of Punk” is in Dunedin for the fashion event and will show over two nights, March 12 and 13.