Vivienne Westwood is able to once again combine activism and classic fashion in this year’s London Fashion Week.
The 74-year-old designer, who is known for controversialand activism, did an anti-establishment protest ahead of her Red Label spring/summer 16 show by staging a “Fash Mob.”
Westwood, together with a group of models, paraded London streets carrying signs that say that “fracking is a crime,” “politicians are criminals,” “austerity is a crime,” and “climate revolution.” Cressed in a metallic brown outfit, Westwood also closed her fashion show with models feistily marching on the runway.
This is just one of the designer’s many activist efforts. Some of her causes in recent years include raising awareness for climate change and the release of WikiLeaks Julian Assange.
She has also recently staged a protest by riding an armoured vehicle headed to the home of Prime Minister David Cameron, who supports fracking, which is a controversial process of extracting oil and gas.
The event was attended by many celebrities. Lily Allen, Dree Hemingway, Harriet Verney, and Phoebe Collings-James, and Boy George were spotted gracing the show’s front row.
“These people are model and activist friends of mine. They have asked me ‘what can we do?’ and I said to them ‘you’ve got to demonstrate! Let’s build demonstrations,” she wrote on her show notes.
Yahoo also reported that the show was filled with kimono dresses, monochrome leaf prints, cropped trouser, and lace evening gowns.
“It’s incredibly important… to be political because we face incredible danger from our politicians and we’ve got to stop them! They cause climate change and war… they’re taking us to mass extinction and we have to do something,” she added.
The London Fashion Week, held in central London, featured over 150 designers.