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Westwood launches Assange appeal

Associated Press Associated Press 19/06/2016 Colleen Barry

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has opened her Milan Fashion week show with a video message to the British prime minister urging him to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London without the threat of arrest.

"Whatever you do, you are not going to stop him from telling the truth," the designer intoned.

The ever-political Westwood continues to push the envelope also in her runway collections.

The designer who came up in the punk era champions androgyny with thin knit dresses that can function as tunics as well as Arab-inspired dresses.

The collection recalled some of rock 'n' roll's greats, from Jimi Hendrix with fringe on jackets and military embellishments to Marianne Faithful with fishnet details and toga dresses and Brian Jones overdone velvet jackets.

Many of her looks were emblazoned with IOU, which wasn't completely obvious but given Westwood's environmental leanings is likely a reference to the debt we owe the planet.

Westwood walked the runway with a T-shirt emblazoned: "I am Julian Assange".

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012.

He faces rape allegations in Sweden and an active investigation in the United States involving espionage, conspiracy and computer fraud.

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