Vivienne Westwood urges Kate Middleton to buy less

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AFP – Vivienne Westwood urged Prince William’s wife Catherine on Sunday to stop buying so many outfits and to be more environmentally responsible in the way she dressed.

The eccentric British designer was speaking to reporters before her show at London Fashion Week, where she handed out a “climate revolution charter” which called on people to “buy less, choose well, make it last”.

Westwood, a long-time environmental activist, was asked what advice she may have for the Duchess of Cambridge, who has become a style icon since marrying into the British royal family in 2011.

“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,” Westwood said.

Wearing a t-shirt with an image of herself looking like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the designer added: “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.”

The latest collection for her diffusion line, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, was shown at London’s Saatchi Gallery and displayed Westwood’s usual craftsmanship and bold use of colours mixed with a good dose of humour.

The clothes were elegant and wearable, with a few out-there items such as silver shimmering harem pants matched with a tight, iridescent jacket.

Westwood showed her wild side with the make-up, with the models’ faces painted with exaggerated eyebrows, eyes and lips annotated with splotches of turquoise, red and yellow.

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