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The Times - United Kingdom | 21/02/2012

British fashion not ugly, just eccentric

Presenting her latest collection at the London Fashion Week, the British fashion icon Vivienne Westwood has called modern fashion ugly and conformist. But she's wrong, writes fashion expert Justine Picardie in the conservative daily The Times: "This is a time when British clothing design deserves to be celebrated for its talent and diversity. How much better it is than when I was a teenager in the late 1970s (the era of Westwood's rise to fame, with her expensive punk bondage pieces that I coveted but could not afford), a period of limited options, unless you liked sludge-coloured polyester flares from the behemoth that was C&A. Consider the range we enjoy now. The British tradition of eccentricity is gloriously alive."

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