Vivienne Westwood used her latest London Fashion Week campaign to state her case for voting for the Green Party. As Grace Pascoe reports the 73-year-old has never been afraid of airing her views.
Black, red and also… Green? British fashionista dame Vivienne Westwood is known for her loud style as well as her loud views. She used her latest London Fashion Week Red Label show to urge the nation to vote Green at May's general election. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAME VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, SAYING: "There's only one percent who get rich, and the others all get poorer and that is how the system is designed and the Green Party is about equality, it's about having a comfortable life, not a quick, get rich life where you don't get rich anyway and so you have got real human values." Businesses reliant on cash from British fashion could be greatly impacted by May's results. But the Green's are seen as fringe activists. In 2010 the leftist party claimed its first Westminster seat but polled only 1 percent of the vote. Despite that Westwood thinks the British public - and the British fashion industry - would benefit from a greener government. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAME VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, SAYING: "A green economy is not just about more green jobs, it's about more school teachers, more health workers, you get the economy working with real values and real people, you don't just work an economy that goes to the banks in the end." 73-year-old Westwood began her fashion career back in the swinging 60s and now has global success with over 60 stores worldwide. Her latest Autumn/Winter collection was inspired by her childhood in the country and her connection with nature.