What's the point of fashion if it doesn't make a statement? For Spring 2013, Vivienne Westwood used her clothes to make some pretty big declarations: a select few in the front row were asked to wear t-shirts that proclaimed Westwood's support for Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks.
The clothes that came down the runway made a different statement altogether. "My job now gives me an excuse to talk about what I really care about — and that is the climate revolution," Westwood said. Her environmental stance was most evident in floral Stephen Jones headdresses that some models wore with their faces painted green or orange or yellow. The clothes were about sustainability in a different way: buying only the best and longest-lasting pieces when absolutely necessary. Stylized floral prints appeared on dresses with asymmetrical necklines and a '60s feel, a simple gingham was turned into a shift dress and a twinset, and pink-and-white striped print formed an almost sweet shirtdress.