FASHION designer Vivienne Westwood has offered her support for the independence campaign - sending her models down the runway at London Fashion Week wearing Yes badges.

The notoriously out­spoken 73-year-old placed the badges on models' hats and lapels at the Red Label Spring/Summer 2015 show, before blasting those against independence as "frightened and stupid".

In a statement that was placed on every guest's seat, she said: "I am so excited. Fingers crossed they will win. Because, if they do, it could be the turning point towards a better world. They could lead by example."

Backstage, she had even stronger words as she spoke passionately about social injustices and the decline of democracy in England.

She said: "I hate England. I like Scotland because ­somehow I think they are better than we are. They are more democratic."

Dame Vivienne was inducted into the hall of fame at the Scottish Fashion Awards earlier this month for her "significant contribution to Scottish fashion and industry". She voiced her support for independence again then, saying during her acceptance speech that an independent Scotland could be "a model to us all ... if it could become a people-friendly society".

Following the her announcement at the awards, Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins said: "It's become ever clearer during the past couple of months that Yes Scotland is the campaign with positivity, optimism and a vision for Scotland's future - and with Dame Vivienne's declaration, it turns out that we are also the most fashionable!"

Known for her politics almost as much as her fashion designs, Westwood is also a strong advocate for nuclear disarmament.