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Westwood: Kate Has Far Too Many Clothes
Dame Vivienne Westwood has urged the Duchess of Cambridge to stop buying so many different outfits - and make more of an effort to be environmentally-friendly.
Before her London Fashion Week showcase at the Saatchi Gallery, Dame Vivienne said that when Kate goes to so much effort to get an outfit that looks good, she should wear it more often.
The fashion icon, who believes in quality over quantity, disapproves of the duchess's expansive wardrobe.
She said: "I don't have any advice to her, except I think it would be great if she wore the same clothes over and again, because that's very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message.
"If you're going to all that trouble to get an outfit that suits you, then you should keep on wearing it.
"I mean you don't have to have a red outfit one day and then something almost the same in blue the next."
Westwood, dressed in her usual wacky style with an image of Julian Assange on her T-shirt, said her Red Label collection also carried the theme of quality over quantity - but did not mean less glamour.
She insisted: "It's for anybody that wants to dress up quite wonderfully glamorous.
"All I can say is it's quite a short collection this time because what I'm trying to aim for in my second line and all my offshoot products is to just keep aiming for quality all the time and have less quantity.
"I'm just trying to do a quality choice for people to wear something that really helps them to look good.
"That's what fashion is here for. It's here to help," she said.
However, after his showcase in Covent Garden's Royal Opera House, designer Matthew Williamson expressed his opposition to Westwood's comments on Kate, who has been pictured wearing his designs.
"She has a lot to do doesn't she? So she needs a good wardrobe. So, no, I disagree," he said.
When asked if a woman can ever have too many clothes, Williamson said: "Of course not."
The Westwood and Williamson shows were two of the most eagerly anticipated events on day three of the fashion extravaganza.
This year's Fashion Week is featuring 56 catwalk shows and 20 presentations.
More than 120 UK and international, emerging and established, ready-to-wear and accessory designers are taking part.
what do you think?
I'm all in favour of being environmentally friendly. Stephen Gough is the most environmentally friendly in terms of clothing. Pity they keep arresting him!
Looking at that headline, that's exactly what my better half says to me.
Maybe some of her customers could do the same,
Only one answer - ban people from wearing clothes
Er, can I keep my M&S Thermal underwear, weatherproof topcoat, cap, thick socks and stout shoes for Winters, please Emerald? (I think everyone else would rather I wore clothes all year round actually!
I am of the opinion that members of the Royal Family should dress in a sombre manner and not like fashion models.
I think they should shop at primark!
I think she does, to be honest! Always looks sombrely dressed.
maybe in black - head to toe brian Whether you like it or not, the royal family particularly the younger generation are a great advert to the UK To dress like a Victorian widow would do no favours
I prefer Westwood''s son's lingerie lines. Naughty but nice ;)
d and d Phillips
I find them a bit chewy
That's the fun of it LOL
Now now! Calm down, lol! :-)
Just going out to get some :))
d and d Phillips
As they say in Yorkshire, Shut thi g0b!
As they say in Wales, " there's nasty, you are!" ;-)
I wish she'd tell my other half the same.
Shaun you are as bad as my better half. If I buy something new he says "did you need that?" Well actually yes I do.
You need a wife or partner who erns her own money.
I just wish someone would tell the royals that satellite dishes are meant to be on the side of houses and NOT on top of your head :D
Ooooh lack of sense of humour on here LOL
Ahaaaa! You never fail to make we wee myself, lol! Xxx
...not really! Do have some control left! Lol!
ha ha I'm glad you see the funny side Julie. Methinks a few people on here need to lighten up :D
I always see the funny side if poss, Valerie, forget about the miseries! ;-) x
Oh Valerie... How I agree with you.. those silly hats are hideous.
Nah - agreed. They look ridiculous and are like side-head-pimples.
Vermin the lot of them.
You tell ,em jimbo! ;-)
You know what, I agree! It's obscene the amount of clothes this woman possesses! Let her go primark, keep the cost down, especialy if the duds mustn't be seen more than once! Walking clothes horse!
...cue thumbs downers, teehee! ;-)
She is young, attractive and wears mostly clothes that suit her. Why not? In her position many women would do the same. Enjoy it all while you can Kate, life's too short to listen to the envious and grouches!
Show me a woman that doesn't have too many clothes...
Tell that to the business owners that sell out or have their websites crash each time Kate wears something of theirs. We're in a recession, I'm sure these people are not complaining.
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Its a sad endictment of our society that someone can spend more on a wear once outfit than a pensioner or jobseeker gets in a full year to live on.
"I'm just trying to do a quality choice for people to wear something that really helps them to look good. That's what fashion is here for. It's here to help," - Viviennen Westwood. Well ducky, if the pictures of your "fashions" in today's papers are anything to go by, you're out to make women look ridiculous! Also, if most celebs kept wearing the same clothes over and over again, most fashion designers and fashion magazines would be out of business. I think our Viv' is looking a gift horse in the mouth!
I suppose it's what's expected. I also think that the magazines etc. which are so obsessed with the duchess would probably criticise her for wearing the same things twice so you can't win, really. Having said that, she's only been a royal wife for less than two years - maybe she does intend to wear everything again! Vivienne Westwood always looks like a moose.
The Media are annoyed that they could not make money out of the Bikini pictures hence this petty anti Kate publicity. Don't but the rubbish.
Said one clothes horse to another.
I think is rather unfounded. There are enough pictures around of outfits worn by Kate, her sister and her mother. They seem to share quite regualrly. Isn't that environmenetally friendly? I suspect Ms Westwood would be the first to criticise if the Duchess of Cambridge was seen wearning hte same outfit on too many occasions. The she wouldn't be doing her bit to support the British fashion industry. Leave the girl alone. remember what happened to her husband's mother.