Vivienne Westwood Got Political About Scottish Independence at Her London Fashion Week Show

With Scotland's secession vote coming up this week, the designer used her #LFW runway show to make her opinion on the matter clear.
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With Scotland's secession vote coming up this week, the designer used her #LFW runway show to make her opinion on the matter clear.
Westwood takes a bow with her granddaughter at her Red Label show Sunday. Photo: Vivienne Westwood

Westwood takes a bow with her granddaughter at her Red Label show Sunday. Photo: Vivienne Westwood

It likely came as no surprise to anyone in the crowd at the spring Vivienne Westwood Red Label show that the designer should choose to send her models down the runway wearing political pins. Most recently, the British punk icon spent her summer heading up a campaign against fracking.

On Sunday, Westwood turned her attention to another political concern: The Scottish independence vote, set to take place on September 18. In case the "YES" buttons adorning her models' hats and lapels didn't make her position clear, the designer sent out a press release on Sunday afternoon stating that as a British citizen dissatisfied with the state of her government — see: fracking — she is very much in favor of the split.

Here's what Westwood had to say:

In England there is hardly any democracy left. The government does what it wants. That which should belong to people – it gives it all to business, e.g. they’re prepared to poison our water so that businesses can frack.

The most important thing I have to say is that after 300 years, the capitalist system is now at an end. It’s over. Yet the English government – all main parties – want to drag us down with it. We want Scotland to break the deadlock and march into the future.

We English have to fight our government. You, Scotland, can have the government you want.

And those are fighting words. As for the collection, it's hard not to read into the first looks — a series of pinstriped suits with exaggerated shoulders and lapels — as some kind of statement on corporate and political bigwigs. Things grew increasingly feminine from there, ending in some asymmetric, typically Westwood gowns. 

One, with a blue "YES" button pinned to a shoulder strap that complimented the gown's floral print, melded nicely the fashionable, the feminine and the political. A lot like Westwood herself.