In honor of his life associate and collaborator Vivienne Westwood, who handed away final 12 months, Andreas Kronthaler revisited and reworked a few of the most iconic items they codesigned through the years for spring 2024.
Primarily based on the archive he constructed round Westwood’s non-public wardrobe, the gathering presents the uncommon alternative for die-hard followers to gather iconic items they want they’d procured, such because the inferno jacket from the autumn 2005 assortment “Exhibition,” the pink examine cape from the spring 2014 assortment “Every thing Is Linked,” the enormous floor-length jacquard bow hat from the autumn 2009 assortment, and the moire bridal robe with exaggerated corset design from the spring 2012 assortment “Conflict & Peace,” worn by Westwood’s granddaughter Cora Corré to shut the present.
“I assumed what I did was acceptable. I didn’t really feel like I ought to go too far. I didn’t wish to do a style present within the traditional sense with showpieces and fantasy. I wished to base it on the garments I archived from her non-public wardrobe, which was fairly an emotional journey,” he stated.
“Once I was taking pictures them, I felt this must be the following assortment, someway the bottom of it. I didn’t know do it. After which I assumed, ‘OK, I’m simply gonna put the numbers in a hat’ and I picked 34, which is the years I’ve been collectively along with her,” the designer defined backstage.
In a season the place many designers went for essentially the most commercially viable items within the archive, Kronthaler supplied a distinct strategy. It confirmed a broad vary inside the context of punk, international affect, and subverting the British social gown codes and gender id. Despite the fact that on paper it’s a greatest-hits remix, it felt as recent and real as if it have been brand-new.
Kronthaler humbly stated the model is “99 p.c her,” however the fact is that he’s simply as essential within the success of the model as Westwood’s legacy. His love for her, and his encyclopedic information of the model is what retains Vivienne Westwood alive as a enterprise.