Punk icon Vivienne Westwood hails 'fantastic' Corbyn at London Males's Fashion Week – South China Morning Post

By no means shy of protest, insurgent designer Vivienne Westwood has once more made a political assertion in a runway present

By Agence France-Presse

Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn’s success in final week’s basic election is a sign of hope for Britain, insurgent designer Vivienne Westwood advised AFP on Monday at the launch of her newest assortment.

Corbyn’s Labour Social gathering got here second within the parliamentary race however with a big improve in seats, whereas Prime Minister Theresa Might’s ruling Conservatives misplaced floor after calling the snap election in a bid to extend her majority.

“That is fantastic. He actually offers us hope,” the 76-year-previous Westwood, a founding father of the punk motion within the 1970s, stated of Corbyn, talking shortly earlier than her label’s catwalk present at Males’s Fashion Week.

“I do belive that it’s the one celebration that could be a robust opposition and so they’ve bought it proper,” she stated.

She referred to as Labour’s leftist manifesto “sensible” and underlined 68-year-previous Corbyn’s attraction to a youthful technology impressed by his firebrand politics.

“The primary factor to understand is younger folks voted for him. Jeremy Corbyn received the longer term,” she stated.

Thursday’s election noticed a surge in youth turnout, primarily fuelled by final yr’s shock Brexit vote.

Westwood is well-known for her campaigns, notably on environmental and social points.

In 2015, she rode an armoured car to then prime minister David Cameron’s constituency house close to Oxford in a weird protest towards fracking.

Later that yr she reworked the catwalk right into a protest march, mixing type with politics and sharp tailoring with anti-austerity placards.

Final yr she joined a junior docs’ pay protest.

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She can be an outspoken supporter of WikiLeaks founder and digital rights campaigner Julian Assange.

She is as outspoken in her designs as she is in her politics and her assortment on Monday used recycled supplies -- together with sandals manufactured from plastic water bottles in an announcement towards air pollution.

“It’s towards plastic as a result of plastic within the ocean might be the worst polluter on the earth,” she stated.

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