Vivienne Westwood: Modern fashion is ugly
Published 20/02/2012 | 15:50
Dame Vivienne Westwood thinks modern fashion is "ugly" and "conformist".
The iconic fashion designer slammed today’s most popular styles as uninspiring and unflattering.
The sartorial expert added that the rise of cheap, “disposable” clothes is partly to blame for society’s generic look and added that the only well dressed women are usually aged around 70 because they know how to choose investment pieces.
“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. We are so conformist, nobody is thinking. We are all sucking up stuff, we have been trained to be consumers and we are all consuming far too much,” Vivienne said at the presentation of her Red Label collection at London Fashion Week. “I’m a fashion designer and people think, what do I know? But I’m talking about all this disposable c**p.”
Known for her fearless, non-conformist style, the flame-haired designer has been credited with introducing punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream.
Her latest sartorial offerings included sparkling cardigans and skirts, brightly printed dresses and elegantly draped jersey frocks.
The iconic fashion creative stayed true to her British roots with her new Fall/Winter 12 line which included tartan trousers and checked pencil skirts.
In her passionate speech about the demise of fashion, the designer admitted that even her own clothes don’t always meet her high standards.
"In history people dressed much better than we do today. If you saw [Britain’s] Queen Elizabeth it would be amazing, she came from another planet. She was so attractive in what she was wearing. People have never looked so ugly as they do today regarding their dress,” Vivienne said. “Recently I said I don’t even like some of my clothes. I like the stuff going out now but you have to be very careful. When you delegate stuff things can escape from you and become not very good. You have to watch that.”