A reader once jeered that we'd love even a napkin if it was made by Vivienne Westwood. They were totally right - we would. Because that napkin would be the coolest napkin ever. And if she can make a napkin look amazing, imagine what she can do for Ascot, the beloved British horse races that last for five days every spring at the Ascot racetrack near Windsor Castle. Anyway, the sort of old-fashioned tradition needed a bit of a pick-me-up so Dame Viv and her milliner equivalent Stephen Jones designed a new look for the races complete with the requisite hat and spring pastels. Now if we could just land our own Henry Higgins, we'd be off to the races come June.
Vivienne Westwood Predicts the Human Race Is Going 'Into the Gas Chamber'
Vivienne Westwood has never hidden her social and environmental activist tendencies, and that freedom fighter side has been out in full force lately. The 70-year-old designer has been seen at multiple Occupy demonstrations in London, launched a £7m fundraising campaign with the debut of her spring 2012 Red Label collection and recently announced a £1m donation to a rain forest charity called Cool Earth, on top of several other smaller projects. Her extreme viewpoints on human rights, the financial crisis and the environment ended up being the focus of a Guardian profile from this weekend. She's even reluctant to encourage people to buy her clothes.