In his second season as the Creative Director at Vivienne Westwood, her long-time design partner Andreas Kronthaler continues to make his own mark on the iconic brand. For Fall 2017, he looked to his Austrian roots for inspiration, paying homage to the Viennese Modernism movement of the 1920s and ‘30s with a bold, inventive collection.
The period marked a great exchange of creativity and ideas in the capital city. On the runway, Kronthaler replicated the heightened period of creative output with a series of paint-splattered looks, from tartan capes and silk leggings to slightly oversized suits. Traditional fabrics from the time were re-imagined in oversized silhouettes, slouchy shirt dresses, and voluminous, balloon-hemmed jumpsuits. The varied prints, patterns, and silhouettes were all mixed together in typical Westwood fashion, a slight sense of disarray that has been carefully honed.
At Kronthaler’s request, the Dame herself even walked the runway, donning his designs as the crowd erupted in praise. And at the close of the show, they stepped out hand in hand, celebrating what they have created, together.