While waiting for my LIN to LHR flight, I noticed Vivienne Westwood sitting at Linate airport. I had just taken in her show at Moda Uomo in Milan the day before, and thought I’d let her know how much I enjoyed it. You know, you always wonder if a well-known person is okay with an admiring fan approaching, but as homo sapiens go I’m fairly confident. Also I figured I’d heighten my senses and look for immediate signs to indicate if she was interested to chat or not.
Clearly I was thinking about it too much, as she gave me a wonderful smile and hello as I sat down beside her. Once through the introductory formalities, I shared with her that I really enjoyed certain aspects of her show, like her use of big plaid, suit cuts and very lightweight sweaters. I also mentioned that I liked the berets that some of the models were wearing, and gave her the term “berets for Bradley” that I thought of the previous day, while watching the show. She smiled.
We then segued into more about BDMOTP, she really focused in and wanted to understand the concept. She mentioned that she was getting more into social media, and that she wrote a blog longhand that someone posted for her. Longhand, classic….contemporary, either way is hot! We went on to discuss the possibilities of the internet vis-a-vis empowering the masses. Real global democracy, ideal. We bounced ideas off of each other with regards to wealth distribution, health of the people and health of the planet. I noticed she was reading “Broken Republic” by Arundhati Roy. I hadn’t read the book, but had heard about it and that gave me further insight into Vivenne’s thoughts on active resistance. It also gave me an appreciation of her relationship with India.
Thoroughly stimulated, I bid her adieu and headed to B Gates to catch my flight. Still today, I continue to contemplate our conversation during my altruistic moments, in hopes of finding that solution.
No picture today….would not have been cool to snap her at that moment….so you’ll have to imagine….and I’ll have my memory!