Nation of bad dressers: Everyone looks the same and their clothes have never been so ugly, says Vivienne Westwood
Designer Vivienne Westwood believes women in their 70s have a better sense of style
Most women of pensionable age feel ignored by the fashion world.
But Dame Vivienne Westwood believes it is those in their 70s who are the most trendy in Britain.
She said people today had ‘never looked so ugly’ when it came to clothes but suggested older women had a better sense of individual style.
The 70-year-old designer criticised the rise of ‘disposable fashion’ and warned it was making us all look the same.
She said: ‘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.
‘I’m a fashion designer and people think, what do I know But I’m talking about all this disposable c***.’
Speaking at the launch of her Red Label collection at London Fashion Week, she said the modern day was the worst period for style yet.
‘In history people dressed much better than we do today. If you saw 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.’
She added that consumers today relied on ‘fast’ or ‘disposable’ fashion – meaning individuals were buying quantity over quality.
She suggested women her age were better used to choosing key pieces suited to individual style.
The advent of Primark and supermarket fashion lines selling items for a few pounds has created a boom in so-called fast fashion.
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Vivienne's own unique sense of style isn't for everyone – but the designer says in her opinion, people have never looked as ugly as they do today
Vivienne Westwood says people in history dressed 'amazingly well'. 'Queen Elizabeth looked so attractive in what she was wearing,' the designer said. Indeed, Westwood often references historical looks in her clothes
Recent research found the average British woman now buys half her body weight – 62lb – in clothing in just one year.
It means women have four times as many clothes in their wardrobes today than they did in 1980.
Celebrity culture, where stars are rarely seen wearing the same thing twice, has given rise to a new generation of shoppers.
Increasingly shops and websites are
providing cheap versions of celebrity fashionwear, which can be thrown
away after just one season or a few wears.
Vivienne also said delegating some aspects of her designs to her
creative team means she can end up being unhappy with how her outfits
‘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.’
Models strut their stuff in some of Dame Westwood's latest creations during her Red Label show at London Fashion Week
Two more ensembles from the British designer's latest collection. She criticised the influence of celebrity culture on fashion and is concerned it is becoming too conformist
Applause: Dame Westwood joins her models on the catwalk at the end of the show
NEW KIDS ON THE WALK: FRONT ROW FOR YOUNG BRIT PACK
As the stars of some of Britain’s best loved dramas, they’ve found themselves catapulted into A-listerdom.
And with that comes the privilege of front row seating at London Fashion Week.
The actresses and actors from Downton Abbey, My Week with Marilyn and War Horse chatted together at the Mulberry show at Claridge’s yesterday.
Downton actresses Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley, and Michelle Dockery, who plays her sister Lady Mary, swapped their period costumes for more up-to-date attire.
U.S.-born My Week with Marilyn actress Michelle Williams wore a short blue dress and heels. And Tom Hiddleston, who plays Captain Nicholls in War Horse, was suited and booted.
A-LISTER CLASH: YASMIN LE BON AND KATE MOSS STEP OUT IN SAME FROCK
It's that moment every woman dreads – picking the perfect party frock, only to bump into a rival wearing the same outfit.
It happened to Kate Moss and Yasmin
Le Bon when they turned up at a dinner to celebrate the launch of
Stella McCartney’s Winter 2012 eveningwear collection in Mayfair.
The pair both opted for the same
figure-flattering design, which tricks the eye into thinking the wearer
has a voluptuous hourglass figure.
At least they were spared some
blushes as Miss Moss, 38, chose to show off her legs in a short black
version of the Miss McCartney dress, while Mrs Le Bon, 47, opted for a
full length variant in navy blue.
The pair were joined by their musician husbands – The Kills frontman Jamie Hince, 43, and Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon, 53.
VIDEO: See the Dame Vivienne Westwood interview at LFW and watch the catwalk