Vivienne Westwood: Ready-To-Wear AW23

Following Andreas Kronthaler’s emotional first show in Paris following Vivienne Westwood’s passing, the designer continues to honour the legacy of his late wife through her eponymous label’s latest collection. Kronthaler shaped this season’s offering around styles, silhouettes and fabrics pulled from the brand’s extensive archive. Highlights include a crocheted jumper spray painted with Westwood’s Orb insignia, broad, pinstriped suits, deconstructed denim and patchwork bags handmade in Kenya using recycled tartan. One distressed, varsity-style jumper came stamped with a Westwood early ‘90s monkey motif, whilst a revived Westwood check, first used in 2014, was used to envision this season’s tailoring.

The collection notes spoke of a “journey through the world of interiors”, with the designer to create clothes that will uniform daily lives. Fittingly, for this season’s lookbook, Kronthaler took a gaggle of Westwood muses – including the late designer’s granddaughter, Cora Corré, who closed Kronthaler’s Paris show – for a field trip to Peter Jones. “It was our favourite shop,” writes Kronthaler. “It’s a store for everyone.” Clad in corset tops, barely-there miniskirts and graffitied bombers, they climbed on the beds and mounted the shop’s displays. Ever rebellious, so very Westwood.

Photography by Sabina Schreder.

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