Yes, you read the headline correctly; Julian Assange will model during September’s London Fashion Week. The WikiLeaks founder will model for Ben Westwood, son of Dame Vivienne, who will showcase the latest collection from his eponymous brand. The show will take place at Assange’s current residence, the Ecuadorian embassy in London’s Knightsbridge, where ‘celebrity guests’ – rumoured to include George Clooney and his lawyer fiancée, who has acted on Assange’s defence team – will be served Ferrero Roche.
Well, actually, while you might have read the headline correctly and then believed the opening par, the world is not to have a new male model. This morning’s twitter:
If you had got down to the seventh and eighth pars – and I doubt that many readers would have – this is the information Wikileaks is referring to:
The idea to involve Assange in the show came about a couple of months ago when Westwood was talking with his PR representative, Richard Hillgrove, about the 42-year-old’s case. Hillgrove then duly set about organising the tie-up, though Westwood is yet to actually meet Assange or visit the embassy. “I haven’t spoken to Julian at all actually yet but I would like to. I’m waiting to hear from him now. It’s funny how these things work – it goes in the press first and then it happens! I don’t see why he wouldn’t do it – after all he needs publicity for his case,” he comments.