Thursday 14 November 2019

Vivienne Westwood says Victoria Beckham designs not for her

Vivienne Westwood: 'Known for her flamboyant creations'
Vivienne Westwood: 'Known for her flamboyant creations'
Victoria Beckham

British designer thinks Victoria Beckham’s designs are good – if you "like that sort of thing".

Vivienne is known for her flamboyant creations and her passion for human rights and saving the environment.

Her iconic pieces have inspired the style world for years – but the 71-year-old isn’t sure about contemporary designers.

"That Victoria Beckham, she always looks neat and sort of minimal and tidy,” she told British newspaper The Independent.

"That's not bad and her designs are good designs if you happen to like that sort of thing. But I don't".

The fashion mogul is a patron of Reprieve and Liberty and donated £1 million to rainforest charity Cool Earth this year.

Vivienne feels “guilty” owning an international brand that ships clothes worldwide, inevitably using a great deal of fuel.

However, she insists the most important message is clothes can be worn more than once and should be designed to be long-lasting.

"My main point is quality rather than quantity,” she explained.

“It's a question of trying to have less product but for it to be great. I am definitely very worried about the extent of shipping and travelling… What I'm always trying to say to the consumer is: buy less, choose well, make it last."

The designer would like to see influential women such as Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge and UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife Samantha wear the same outfits “over and over again”.

Vivienne herself makes a point of re-using items of clothing – something her husband Andreas Kronthaler doesn’t always understand.

"Andreas moans at me sometimes and says my clothes are beginning to look a bit threadbare or something," she revealed.

"But I don't care. I like these things. I'm kind of insisting that however lovely a dress in a more recent collection may be, I actually like this one just as much so I don't need it."

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