Vivienne Westwood’s eco tips

26 November 2010

Good old Vivienne Westwood. The world of fashion reporting would be a MUCH duller place without her. The world in general would also be a more polluted one if it wasn’t for Dame Viv. She has announced to everyone, via a newspaper interview, that she personally rarely washes her own clothes, avoids flushing the loo and uses talcum powder in lieu of deodorant, all in an effort to help save the planet's resources.

Not only is she disappointed with modern dress sense, 'I was on the bus on Saturday going down to Whitehall', she said, 'I just looked at everybody and there wasn't one person who had a silhouette or stood out. They all looked like babies who had come out from a big washing machine - all easy-care jerseys and tights', but she feels it is wrong of us all to not look after our (boring) clothes a bit better too. 'When I was a little girl you used to learn to sew all the holes in things, darning socks, but nobody mends things anymore.'

Vivienne, who has announced in the past that we shouldn't buy so many new clothes, is refreshingly free from PR strictures and says what she likes, whenever she likes, regardless of how contradictory she might sound. In this case we think: Vivienne, you are right, so right. Now where did we put our darning needle?

- Naomi Attwood


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