You know how we like people who speak their minds? Well Dame Vivienne Westwood is one of those people, and we’re sort of in love with the fact that her clothes are as outspoken and outlandish as she is herself. After opening up her first store in the United States — in Los Angeles, of all places — the designer spoke her mind about climate change (and got mistaken for some kind of meteorologist by the people at Fox News). And today, in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal (hey, isn’t that newspaper owned by the same company as Fox?) Westwood says she doesn’t have any faith in youth, is more or less in love with Christina Hendricks and would never want to be a dude. Our favorite parts of the interview, below:
On dressing famous people:
I don’t know many celebrities I’d like to dress yet—that’s the point, really, in setting up shop here in Los Angeles. I loved Pamela Anderson, and now Christina Hendricks. I’d actually really love to dress Jane Fonda. I think the best thing about her—which she apparently still doesn’t like—is Hanoi Jane. And George Clooney who is so accessibly nice, and Robert Redford, for trying to make the world a better place.
On her own fashion shows:
I very rarely watch my own fashion shows, but the makeup for my Fall 2011 show was just brilliant. Andreas (Kronthaler, her husband and creative director) went to the makeup artist and told her, “Make them look like horses.” They looked like they came from another planet, it was like this amazing parallel universe.
On why men are insecure:
I think men are much more insecure than women. In history, women had an awful lot more power and influence, from Greek prostitutes to the women who ran the salons right up until the first World War. I think that feminists have definitely underestimated the role that women have had historically. I think I would be insecure if I were to be a man; there’s so much pressure on you.
On people who are young:
Now, I don’t put any faith in youth. I do to the extent they’re always idealistic, but the last lot of them have been brought up to be heavy consumers.
We’d be even heavier consumers if we could afford Westwood’s clothing! Take in the rest of the Q-and-A here.
Wild, Wild Westwood [WSJ]