MILAN – If there were any politicians or central bankers at the Vivienne Westwood men's show in Milan, they may have been metaphorically assassinated by the seething anger emanating from the collection. The journalists working with top newspapers were also shamed.
A champion of various environmental causes like climate change and fracking, Dame Vivienne Westwood used the Spring/Summer 2016 collection to illustrate how politicians and central bankers are accelerating climate change and transferring wealth from the poor to the rich.
"Politicians are criminals. These criminals cause climate change. That means mass extinction of the life forms on our planet. Including us," she said in a signed letter to the crowd.
The lineup started off with models dressed in almost prehistoric man outfits of shredded knit sweaters and undies.
Then things moved over to daywear, where the human race had already been corrupted by the world's evils – models wore ill-fitting baggy trousers and shabby sweater dresses.
The words "criminal," "politicians," "bankers," and images of handcuffs and ball clubs flashed on the screen. Corruption began to set in and suits bore exaggerated stripes and clownish plaid patterns, showing man's point of no return.
Westwood also addressed the media as the croupier, who helped banks and politicians fool the world by accepting austerity as a way to save money, when it was, according to Westwood, a scam to make the rich richer.
"The croupier is the Joker who represents mainstream media. What is he offering us?" she asked.
Food for thought...