Vivienne Westwood has thrown her weight behind the UK's Green Party ahead of the general election, urging voters to move away from the main parties. Rough cut - no reporter narration
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's grand dame of fashion Vivienne Westwood urged the nation to vote for the environmentalist Green Party on Sunday (February 22) ahead of the general election in May, to move votes away from the main parties. The designer, who is as famous for her political views as well as her bold fashion, said that she hoped the public would vote for the leftist party even though it was not likely to capture new parliamentary seats because she believed both Britain's Conservative and Labour parties did not look after the interests of British people. At the last national ballot in 2010 the Greens claimed their first Westminster seat but polled only 1 percent of the vote. The party, seen as fringe activists, has never been the major political force in Britain that it is in European countries such as Germany where, since merging with the Alliance 90 party, it has over 60 seats in the Bundestag. Despite its low presentation Westwood told Reuters that she thinks the British public could be ready for a government that includes the Green Party. The 73 year-old Westwood, who started selling clothes in London in the swinging 60s and now has shops in around 15 countries, centred her autumn/winter 2015 collection around the theme of a girl who loves nature, sending models down the catwalk in flowing dresses, silk shorts and tailored jackets with lace, floral and printed detailing. The designer, who will present another collection in Paris this month, said she planned to reduce her company's footprint by focusing on only making high-quality garments that will last years. Sunday's show which was attended by celebrities including Swedish actress Noomi Rapace ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"), British actresses Gwendoline Christie ("Game of Thrones") and Sadie Frost ("Bram Stoker's Dracula") and British singer Paloma Faith, also saw British model Daisy Lowe taking to the catwalk wearing a black embroidered dress.