Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood 2017


Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood SS17

Vivienne Westwood SS17 Beauty at Paris Fashion Week

While we love seeking out new trends, sometimes there’s nothing better than going backstage and finding a look that’s outlandish, totally off-piste and nothing we’d ever recreate in real world. It’s like a breath of fresh air. Which is exactly what happened at Vivienne Westwood. 

"RESCUE 112" was the title of the second Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood collection. It seemed a bit melodramatic: in its new incarnation post-Gold Label, both husband and wife on the design bill, this brand has had an injection of newness that suits it. But the number turned out to be the number of a painting at the Louvre, The Rape of Europa. For spring, Kronthaler was inspired by the Mediterranean, but seen through a personal prism, rather than seeking to emulate the activist meanders that his wife favours when planning a collection. "I travel quite a bit and if you’re in Greece or in Italy or in Spain or France, there's something similar," the 49-year-old, Austria-born designer said before the show. Still, he couldn't resist a bit of post-Brexit philosophising: "I see England as part of Europe, so does Vivienne." Back to the Mediterranean, though: "Suddenly you are in front of this fantastic blue and time changes and your attitude to life changes and, of course, the way you look changes. It’s a leaning back and letting the time pass by.” Not too much time, though: he was also offering a capsule collection of unisex clothes for sale online hot off the catwalk. A tan jersey dress with drawn-on Picasso-style female genitalia; a corresponding teal version with the male equivalent; some neat little jackets with brocade sleeves; a jersey and silk georgette printed dress - these were some of the highlights currently available to buy online. They were sprinkled throughout a show that enlisted a familiar cast of boys dressed like girls, girls dressed like boys (suit legs sheared open to become skirts, much like the confounding styles we saw at Balmain earlier in the week), carnivalesque women in hulking dresses with exaggerated necklines that bobbed and swayed as they walked, and the odd lost soul: a man wearing a bucket on his head, atop an Arcardian crown of hay ("mice would live in them," Kronthaler said of the shepherd-inspired headgear). Kronthaler likes to have fun: visual tricks included a beautiful walking hay bale, clip clopping along the catwalk in little mules; a jumpsuit with a panel zipped off to reveal a peachy bottom; boys in clog wedges; and a girl in a loincloth and metallic corset, surely the most potent symbol of gender fluidity. They made people smile. They may also make them spend.

Andreas Kronthaler presented his Spring Summer 2017 collection for VIVIENNE WESTWOOD during the recently wrapped up Paris Fashion Week. “Everything I know I learnt from women“, said Kronthaler for his new collection inspired by Vivienne and the other women in his life.

The sources of the inspiration for this season were Mediterranean world, Matisse cut-outs, Christian churches, Rococo, beach vibes as well as the tradition of European great civilization.

Discover the looks from the new collection after the jump:

You can always count on a Vivienne Westwood show (now headlined by her partner, Andreas Kronthaler) for some wild photos. This season, you would have snapped the model encased in a frame of rainbow metallic fabric; headwear made from mounds of straw and twigs; a girl wearing a jersey dress illustrated as if she were nude; earrings and necklaces boasting miniature severed fingers, hands, and penises; a male model naked except for the cape cupping his nether regions; and hyperbolically wide bustier necklines that made the models—some of them men—appear to have shrunken heads.
It wouldn’t hurt, however, to consider why Kronthaler created them (Europe is hurting) and what they represent (symbols of the continent on big and small scales). The woman in the rainbow frame, for instance, was a woman at a market stall; the jewelry denoted a combination of iconography from Christian churches and the pagan Greek phallus.
Keep going down this route and you end up further away from the actual clothes, which when removed from all the theatrical elements, boiled down to a wardrobe of eclectic daywear with Matisse-inspired cut-outs, beachy separates (a shout-out to Yasmine Eslami on the swimwear), and asymmetric dresses that possessed a certain impulsive spirit. Some of the designs felt too deliberately tweaked in the company of such pared-down pieces as a sheer zip jumpsuit or lustrous green cross-body sweater. But the variety could be chalked up to a reflection of pan-European style.
“You need to be relevant somehow; I try to be conscious and responsible,” Kronthaler said backstage. “Clothes are a celebration of life, and that’s my responsibility.” When asked about his audacious volumes, Dame Vivienne replied, “He does develop and exaggerate things, but I think it’s the most sexy thing in I can’t remember when.” And with the first Vivienne Westwood boutique in Paris open as of this weekend, they have a new platform for both clothes and causes.

Power couple Andreas Kronthaler and Vivienne Westwood combined their strengths for a second time in this season’s ‘RESCUE 112’ collection. The title referred to Boucher’s Rape of Europa which currently resides in the Louvre (it reads 112- the cross-European emergency number), an apt influence for a collection that tapped into our sociopolitical climate: there was a little post-Brexit influence in the show— “I see England as part of Europe, so does Vivienne,” explained Kronthaler.

Neat little jackets, injections of bright hues, oodly-shaped straw and twig hats, a few almost-naked male models, and Matisse cut-outs made for a certain impulsive spirit and theatrical show (because that’s what Viv does best, right?) “This collection began with Rosita who is Italian and has produced our work for many years. Her spirit aspires always to give me what I’m after—to bring it to fruition,” explains 49-year-old Austrian-born designer Andreas Kronthaler. “I love the sea as much as the Italians and it is through her that I made the Mediterranean world my source of inspiration for this season.”

Westwood recently announced that she will be merging her Red Label and MAN collections and showing the combined effort during London: Collections Men FW17 (although Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood for stay in Paris) and we’re sure she’ll have a few more stern words for the UK government on her return home.


This season, Andreas Kronthaler pays homage to the women in his life with a collection imbued with a Mediterranean spirit. With an ounce of nostalgia, he evokes in the show notes the feminine figures that influenced and helped him throughout the years: close collaborators Rosita and Iris, lingerie designer Yasmine Eslami, stylist Sabina Schreder, and of course Vivienne Westwood herself. « We have made thousands of decisions together and learn from each other. » The collection is a glorious mix of wit, sensuality, and exuberant femininity. It is also a reflection on today’s Europa (« the goddess who gave her name to our continent ») and its current troubles. Conscient of our society’s issues, Andreas Kronthaler and Vivienne Westwood create silhouettes that play on the notion of nudity – or sometimes the omnipresence of the clothes, as with this « shelter » of metallic fabric. Exaggerated bustiers are true show-stoppers, and so are the straw hats, Greek phallus jewelry, and impeccable English tailoring – always with the Vivienne Westwood spin. For the first time, the House is selling a selection of 20 pieces from the collection right off the runway, exclusively in its flagship stores and online. An events that also corresponds to the opening  of the first Vivienne Westwood store in Paris.

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A Wedding with the Sex and the City Vivienne Westwood Dress

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Do you remember Carrie Bradshaw’s Vivienne Westwood wedding dress from the first Sex and The City movie? Of course you do. Well today we are featuring the fabulous wedding of super cool couple Sashy and Dashy, photographed by Anna Hardy Photography, and Sashy wore the Vivienne Westwood dress.

We love everything about this wedding, from the amazing dress (of course) to the beautiful brooch wedding bouquet, the male ‘flower girls’ in shorts to the abundance of gold.

We know you’ll love this week’s fun and quirky real wedding.

“My mum and I have always loved over-the-top gold gilt, so when planning there was an obvious golden finish to almost everything! As our wedding was at the Crab & Lobster, a venue that is already so beautifully decorated, there was a slightly nautical feel throughout. All our stationery had anchors on and the favours were displayed in scallop shells that we’d spray painted gold, to give a more glamorous Louis XV feel.

“The main inspiration for the wedding was the outfits I had picked out. I’m a big collector of Vivienne Westwood clothes so I was excited to dress my bridal party up in them! I actually fell in love with the gown I wore when I was just 17 years old, so the first thing I did, before even proposing to Dashy, was buy the dress! The shape of the hemline on the dress reminded me of a scallop shell, which seemed to work so well with the venue. The print on the bridesmaid dresses is Westwood’s iconic Salon Print, a photograph of the opulent interior of a stately home. The print worked as a beautiful colour palette and inspiration for all things gold gilt!”

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Vivienne Westwood 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

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Vivienne Westwood 2014 Fall/Winter Collection

Continuing to push the envelope each season with compelling looks, Vivienne Westwood took the runway at Milan Fashion Week recently with her 2014 fall/winter collection. While Westwood’s inspirations are often far-flung, her latest range looked to recent protests against oil and gas fracking in the UK, which Westwood describes as an “irresponsible behavior of our governments.” To combat this disposition, models were styled with thick, matte colored hair, PVC anoraks nodded to inappropriate toxic waste disposal, while neoprene sweatsuits brought to mind modern crusaders. Elsewhere, patterned dresswear presented bold alternatives to quintessential menswear designs and classic footwear designs were injected with loud bursts of color, while timeless pieces like the double-breasted biker jacket reinforced the label’s rebellious motifs in fashion.

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Vivienne Westwood x Kraken Opus

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Kraken Opus is a producer of large format luxury books featuring iconic personalities and institutions. Kraken Opus is a publishing division of Kraken Sport and Media Limited, the merger of the two is allowing them to expand their horizons beyond purely sports icons. Their latest development is the Kraken Opus x Vivienne Westwood. “Active Resistance to Propaganda” only 900 copies of the book were made in 9 different cover designs and the first editions (all signed by Westwood) are to be auctioned off for charity. The book is set to break the record for one of the largest fashion books to ever be published. Inside exhibits 198 pages of 97, never before seen, photos taken on one of the world’s largest Polaroid cameras. The photos each measure 50cm x 60cm. The literature itself is a manifesto by the woman herself.

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Vivienne Westwood


How do you define a legend? 

Vivienne Westwood is provocative, awe inspiring, avant garde, unique, rebellious, and a true original. When you own a garment by Vivienne Westwood, you own a piece of art that stands the test of time. 

Always a cut above the rest, Vivienne Westwood studied the tailoring techniques of historical garments using time-honored techniques to brand her own interpretation of style. Her self-taught, unique vision brings a passion of living and exciting feminine expression into her garments. Vivienne Westwood's Anglomania women's clothing line is known for its asymmetrical cuts and delightful draping techniques which masterfully transform the body into an eye-catching art form. The Vivienne Westwood Anglomania line includes dramatically desirable dresses, jackets, sweaters, suits, beautiful blouses, tempting tops, and sensational skirts. Vivienne Westwood masterfully accentuates the allure of the feminine figure, through her gorgeous garments. She breathes life into the cloth and masterfully manipulates masterpieces through her draping and cut of the cloth on the feminine figure transforming the wearer into a beautiful creature. 

The Vivienne Westwood MAN collection is thrillingly tailored for the handsome hero. The Vivienne Westwood MAN collection surprises us each season with stunning shirts, thrilling trousers, provocative t-shirts, and fascinatingly tailored suits that give a poetic presence to the dramatic dandy. 

Vivienne Westwood women's and men's shoes are an iconic image unto themselves. The fascinatingly fabulous footwear that Vivienne Westwood creates are so original and unique that a book has been published featuring images of her collectible footwear. And who could ever forget the platform pumps that Naomi Campbell took a tumble in on the runway during a Vivienne Westwood fashion show? If you want shoes with captivating character, look no further than the elevated excellence of Vivienne Westwood men's and women's footwear! 

The Vivienne Westwood RED Label is for the reckless, yet studious woman. The RED Label collection is a cut above the rest with remarkably alluring sweaters, tops, dresses, pants, coats and jackets featuring asymmetrical cuts and divine draping techniques. 

Get your thrills with a tempting Vivienne Westwood bag. Women and men can choose from a wonderful wide variety of hedonistically handsome handbags, stunning satchels, terrific totes, and captivating clutches to store all your notorious necessities and scandalous secrets in style! 

Discover a treasure of delights with the opulent obsession of the Vivienne Westwood jewelry collection. Vivienne Westwood's jewelry collection contains unique rings, breathtaking bracelets and necklaces, cufflinks, key chains, exciting earrings, pins, and beautiful brooches for both men and women. 

You never know where life may take you, so accent your eyes elegantly with stylish Vivienne Westwood sunglasses! 

Vivienne Westwood is one of most fabulous and influential designers of all time. She was born on April 8, 1941 as Vivienne Isabel Swire. She taught primary school in North London. Vivienne's first husband was Derek Westwood. She had one son with Derek, named Ben, who later became a photographer. 

Vivienne met Malcolm McLaren who was a friend of her brother. Malcolm and Vivienne became friends and Malcolm faked being sick for awhile to get Vivienne to take care of him and to be near her. Malcolm McLaren was the manager for the Sex Pistols and Vivienne designed the clothing for the band. Vivienne Westwood also designed clothing for the New York Dolls and other bands. Vivienne was one of the first original designers when the punk movement started. Many of her garments are now collectibles. The V&A museum in London had an exhibition of Vivienne Westwood styles from 2004-2005. 

In 1970, Malcolm and Vivienne opened a shop on 430 King's Road in London called Let It Rock. They sold clothing targeted at the London Teddy Boy scene. Vivienne designed clothing for the store. The shop eventually went through a few incarnations. In 1972, the store became Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die and featured t-shirts with provocative slogans, leather clothing, and garments with zippers and chains. In 1974, the shop transformed again. It was called Sex and featured S&M clothing. Sex became synonymous with the punk scene. Then the shop became Seditionaries. Today, Vivienne Westwood's World's End iconic boutique carries her limited edition special clothing, shoes, and accessories. 

Vivienne and Malcolm's son is Joseph Corre. Joseph Corre founded the women's lingerie company Agent Provocateur and now designs his own menswear line along with Simon "Branzley" Armitage named, A Child of the Jago. 

Controversy surrounds the style of Vivienne Westwood. Supermodel Naomi Campbell famously took a tumble modeling nine inch platform shoes at a 1993 Vivienne Westwood Anglomania fashion show. The incident made these shoes famous. Always pushing the envelope, Vivienne Westwood excitingly experiments with the extremes of fashion. 

In 1992, Vivienne Westwood married her current husband and creative partner, Andreas Kronthaler. In the same year, Vivienne caused another controversy when she received the OBE award. She twirled in her skirt and was knicker-less! She repeated the incident again in 2006 when she met the Prince of Wales. 

Vivienne has always been a caring and political person. In 2005, she teamed up with British civil rights group Liberty to launch exclusive limited design t-shirts. One reads, "I AM NOT A TERRORIST, please don't arrest me!" The other shirt reads, "Liberty - Throw Away the Key." 

Vivienne Westwood collections include four women's lines: Gold Label, Red Carpet, Red Label, and Anglomania. She has a men's line appropriately titled MAN. She also has a World's End line that features her classic pieces from the Vivienne Westwood archive. Vivienne Westwood also designs a collection of bags, shoes, sunglasses, eight perfume lines, and has multitude of stores all over the world! 

"You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes." - Vivienne Westwood.

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