According to the fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, "poor people" should be careful with the clothes they buy. The statement ‘buy fewer clothes’ is hardly the cri de Coeur you’d expect from a woman who has made her name and career from selling them! But nevertheless, Dame Vivienne Westwood made exactly that extraordinary plea - and directed it particularly at "poor people".
Who does she consider poor? The Marketing Executive on $40,000 per year? The hard working cleaner on $20,000? The Corporate Lawyer on $80,000? Her couture clothing is expensive to even those on impressive salaries, so her statement is likely to send resentment to many hard working professionals.
Speaking after the show, Dame Vivienne pleaded: '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.’
Surely working professionals who slog it out at the office for 60+ hours each week are just as deserving of splashing out on designer goods as millionaire celebrities? Maybe her advice of seeking clothes as art pieces to "invest in" is noteworthy, but the way she expressed her opinions at the London based show is definitely going to rile some feathers.
How much do you spend in your work wardrobe in a year? Do you think it is important to keep up with fashion in the workplace?