by Teniola Shobowale
Dame Vivienne Westwood, is no stranger to controversy and the legendary fashion designer is just as famous for her clothes as she is for speaking her mind.
The British designer used her London Fashion week show to tell us just what she thought about us Brits.
THe Westwood used her catwalk show to make a stand for the Yes campaign while most other celebrities have pitched their tents with the NO campaign and others choosing to stay out of the murky world of politics. The fashion designer has always used her designs to make a statement on global issues, such as climate change. However on this occasion she used her models to walk down the catwalk with yes campaign badges, to show support for the campaign.
In her statement she told guests, “I hate England. I like Scotland because somehow I think they are better than we are. They are more democratic.”
Her guests were also treated to an explanation printed on their seats, with print ups where the designer gushed, “I am so excited. Fingers crossed they will win. Because if they do, it could be the turning point towards a better world. They could lead by example”
She asserted that those who vote no for the referendum are “frightened and stupid”. Westwood justifies her action saying “All politicians are bringing people down into a system that is over. It’s the capitalist system. We just hope that Scotland can be a model for future hope and development, where we have a people’s democracy, instead of only everything for profit, business and destruction.”
Westwood, ranked as one of the highest paid fashion designers is just one of many high profile celebrities who have taken a stand for the campaign as Scotland votes today to either stay in the UK or become an independent country.
Her comments prompted huge reaction on social media with critics on twitter arguing that her statement was full of ‘ I thinks’ and fairy tale fantasies.
Journalist Sarah vine wrote, “I loathe Vivienne Westwood” “I have a lot of respect for my elders, but I make an exception for Vivienne Westwood”
Westwood studied at the University of Westminster and Middlesex University. Many other celebrities saying yes to the campaign includes Frankie Boyle, The Proclaimers, Alan Cumming, Billy Bragg, Sean Connery and Annie Lennox.