In fact, before the Anglomaniac would even let Style.com's Tim Blanks start the interview, she insisted on giving a thorough speech about why climate change should be the number-one issue on everyone's minds. Pushing for more environmental activism is the only reason she does interviews at all, she says. For her, an ideal world is filled with streets packed with protesters demanding that governments worldwide work to undo damage before it's too late.
At first, we were excited to read her take on the many controversial and trendsetting creations of her label, but we got a lot more than we bargained for — and that's a good thing. So many interviews these days feel scripted, and with e-mail, it's all too easy for a publicist to step in. But for Viv, that's clearly not the case. Though Westwood comes off as poised and articulate, she's also bold, to-the-point, and not afraid to share.
We sincerely hope more designers out there will follow in this self-proclaimed queen of awkwardness' footsteps. She did an amazing job of reminding us that the power of fashion can — and should — be used for a cause, without being condescending. Huzzah, VW, and may we all be inspired by your candor and dedication. (Interview)
Photo: Courtesy of Interview Magazine.