Vivienne Westwood showed her men’s collection in Milan this week, and Prince Charles walked the runway.
Not actually, but Westwood debuted a printed shirt that had his mug blown up on the front. There he was, the father of Prince William and Harry, and father in-law to Kate Middleton, on the catwalk. You might be thinking, “Hey, but Kate Moss has been on T-shirts, and so has Che Guevara, so what’s the big deal?!” And you’re right, they have, but they’ve also been lauded for the way they dress (and their celebrity or politics, sure, but their style has definitely influenced generations). When it comes to fashion, Prince Charles kind of wears the same ol’ suit, and we’d say the same thing about William. Not bad, but iconic? No. There must be another reason for this honour.
So, what makes him fit for the tee treatment? She told the Telegraph, “I want to pay tribute to Prince Charles and the great job he’s doing. We have adopted Prince Charles as patron of our collection.”
Evidently, the 73-year-old designer is really into the work Charles does, like his efforts for Wales’s Farmers Marketing Initiative, Business in the Community, The Prince’s Rainforests Project, The North Highland Initiative and Accounting for Sustainability (A4S).
“If Prince Charles had ruled the world according to his priorities during the last 30 years, we would be alright and we would be tackling climate change,” Westwood added.
But he isn’t king of the world, so a T-shirt is a good enough consolation.