Fashion Industry Reacts to Brexit Vote
"It's a tragedy," writes Vivienne Westwood.
The U.K. electorate voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum on Thursday — with 52 percent of British voters supporting the exit and 48 percent that wanted to remain — leaving the country (and the world) in shock.
Much like the potential consequences that both Hollywood and the music world could face following the Brexit, the fashion industry, too, will be affected by a weaker pound (the British currency plunged to a 31-year low against the dollar following the referendum result) and possible changes to trade regulations.
After the voting outcome, Vivienne Westwood took to Twitter to express her disappointment. "It’s a tragedy, we want to make the world a better place, we must cooperate, Britain cannot go it alone. Peace and Love," wrote the designer, who presented her men's collection during Milan Fashion Week on June 19.
Jonathan Anderson, who recently partnered with A$AP Rocky on a capsule collection, was less subtle about his frustration. "HOW DID WE GET HERE #sof—kedup," he captioned an Instagram featuring a two-way split photo of Donald Trump and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who has been a leading advocate for the Brexit. Anderson is also encouraging his followers to sign a petition that calls for a second EU referendum.
“It’s a tragedy, we want to make the world a better place, we must cooperate, Britain cannot go it alone. Peace and Love.” Vivienne Westwood— Vivienne Westwood (@FollowWestwood) June 24, 2016
— alexa chung (@alexa_chung) June 24, 2016
Scooping flesh out. Setting some aside in a jar marked 'immigrant'. Unclear where to scatter myself.— alexa chung (@alexa_chung) June 24, 2016