Fashion says "no" to Scottish independence
At London Fashion Week
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have some idea about the matter of the Scottish Referendum – even Willie from The Simpsons piped up on the big question earlier this week. Scots seem to be divided: to be or not to be... seperated.
There are, however, many celebrities and key fashion players stepping out to say "no", they are against Scottish independence. Today a rally will take place at London's Trafalgar Square named 'Let's Stay Together'. If it were not for his fashion show at London Fashion Week today, Christopher Kane would surely be out supporting the masses against the division, after previously signing a petition created by the "no" campaign.
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has stated: "I can't imagine a Britain without Scotland," adding that she would be attending the rally if it didn't clash with today's LFW shows. "It would be like losing a limb. On a personal level I think Scotland is a beautiful place and love spending time there. But more important is the fact that we would both be so much the lesser without each other."
Other designers supporting the "no" campaign include Holly Fulton, Jonathan Saunders and Louise Gray – but they won't be voting at Thursday's Scottish Referendum as they reside in London.
One designer who is pro split is Vivienne Westwood, who urged Scotland to vote for independence and said that the division would be "absolutely great". "The future could be just amazing and Scotland would be very important and an influence on the world," the fashion designer said. "We just hope that Scotland can be a model for future hope and development where we have a people's democracy instead of only everything for profit and for business and for destruction." Adding at her recent show at London Fashion Week that she is: ''very unpatriotic about England because it is being completely ruined''.
David Beckham does not share Westwood's views, publicly saying in a statement: "We want to let you know how very much we value our relationship and friendship." Adding: "I took as much satisfaction in seeing Sir Chris Hoy or Andy Murray win gold as I did watching Jess Ennis and Mo Farah do the same in the Olympic Stadium. What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together."
James Bond, a.k.a. Sir Sean Connery is also pro a "no" vote, saying the idea of the independence: "is rooted in inclusiveness, equality and that core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future."
Last month over 200 celebrities and cultural icons signed a petition for Scotland to say in the union including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Dame Judi Dench Simon Cowell and Professor Stephen Hawking. Comedian Billy Connelly and singer Annie Lennox seem to be the only celebrities staying tight-lipped on the matter: Connelly said, "I don't want to influence anybody so I shut up." And Lennox, who was born in Aberdeen, explained: "Personally, I'm neither a gambler nor soothsayer and my view doesn't count in any case."
The voting will take place on Thursday 18 September.