Attention poors! Did you know you might be able to stop being so effing broke all the time if you could bring yourselves to kick your raging shopping addictions once and for all? It’s true. Just take it from Vivienne Westwood, designer of the people.
Speaking to the press after her green consumerism themed runway show (which had a secondary theme of “ghosts”) at London Fashion week, she said:
“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes…I mean, I know I’m lucky, I can just take things and borrow them and I’m just okay, but I hate having too many clothes. And I think that poor people should be even more careful. It doesn’t mean therefore you have to just buy anything cheap. Instead of buying six things, buy one thing that you really like. Don’t keep buying just for the sake of it.”
Do you hear that, poor people? You need to be careful about how much stuff you buy. Try not to faint from this life-shattering information! Instead of buying six cheap work outfits from Forever 21, you should save up and buy one expensive scrunchie from Vivienne Westwood, and show up each day wearing that and only that. Never mind the fact that some people have to save up for quite some time to be able to afford one cheap outfit to cover their nakedness. Environmentalism!
And on the “I hate having too many clothes” tip…does she also hate having too much money and too many houses to live in? Because I know about a dillion people who’d be happy to switch places with her, should her material wealth start to burden her too heavily.
In all seriousness, this sort of individualist, consumer-based solution to the problem of fast fashion, shitty labor practices, and overproduction is as wrongheaded as it gets. Shaming the people who need cheap clothing as if they could just edit their closets down to a few designer pieces (or borrow from a fancy friend) is not the answer, and it seems especially hypocritical coming from someone who got rich off selling luxury goods whose prices have little to no relation to their usefulness as objects. I’m all for quality over quantity if you can afford it. But unfortunately, the system is set up such that most people cannot, and that’s hardly the fault of the lower classes, who, contrary to popular belief, are not poor due to moral decrepitude and/or choice. As someone who grew up working class in an extremely class-conscious country, you’d think Ms. Westwood would know better than this. I look forward to reading her awkward apology.
(Via The Daily Mail)