In the world of fashion, few names resonate as profoundly as that of Vivienne Westwood. The legendary British designer left an indelible mark on the industry, revolutionizing the way we perceive fashion and style. Nine months after her passing, her husband, Andreas Kronthaler, embarked on a poignant journey through her personal wardrobe to create the '43 Old Town' Spring/Summer 2024 collection, a heartfelt tribute to her enduring legacy.
"I have organized and numbered Vivienne's personal wardrobe, the clothes we created together. Revisited. Redesigned."
These words from Kronthaler provide a glimpse into the profound emotional connection that fueled the creation of this collection. With meticulous care, he delved into Westwood's extensive archive, breathing new life into her iconic pieces.
The collection's unique presentation is a reflection of this sentiment. Each piece emerges in the order Kronthaler acquired and numbered them, commencing with a hat. The Inferno Jacket, a remarkable piece from the 'Exhibition' AW04/05 collection, was artfully combined with coordinating striped cotton trousers and a timeless button-down twill shirt. Meanwhile, the Cosmopolitan Jacket, hailing from the 'Tied to the Mast' SS98 collection, found its perfect match in a checkered linen frame miniskirt and a cotton jersey orgy vest, creating an effortlessly chic ensemble.
"Where I felt the need, I made changes, added, or removed."
Kronthaler's commitment to honoring Vivienne's spirit shines through in his ability to pay homage while adding his own distinctive touch. He carefully navigated the delicate balance between preserving her vision and infusing the collection with his unique perspective. The result is a harmonious blend of the brand’s eras with their creative energies, resulting in a collection that exudes reverence and innovation in equal measure.
"I loved the way she dressed. Always contrary to anyone else."
Vivienne Westwood's fashion philosophy was characterized by a bold, unapologetic individualism. She reveled in pushing boundaries, embracing the unconventional, and challenging established norms. Kronthaler's admiration for her distinctive style resonates in every piece of this collection. The garments defy conformity, inviting wearers to embrace their inner nonconformist and celebrate the power of self-expression.
"She wore things until they wore out. Like her corduroy suit, which she wore constantly for over twenty years. She was a great mender, never wasted anything."
Vivienne Westwood's Her dedication to quality, longevity, and responsible consumption is evident in the pieces she wore for decades. The collection pays tribute to her commitment to sustainability, encouraging a thoughtful approach to fashion and a rejection of disposable trends.
"She knew how to get the most out of herself, the utmost! Her mind was always elsewhere, in some exciting place; that's what made her so captivating."
Vivienne Westwood was not only a fashion maven but also a visionary whose mind perpetually dwelled in a realm of creativity and innovation. Her ability to constantly reinvent herself and her work was truly captivating. Andreas Kronthaler's tribute collection encapsulates this spirit of perpetual reinvention, inviting fashion enthusiasts to embrace the thrill of exploration and evolution.
In a dazzling display of style and heritage, Dame Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter, Cora Corré, graced the fashion world with her presence, captivating onlookers as she closed the show in a striking white moiré bustier dress. Cora's look paid homage to her grandmother's iconic designs, marrying classic elegance with a contemporary twist. The dress, with its luxurious texture and impeccable tailoring, not only showcased Andreas Kronthaler fashion-forward sensibilities but also underscored the enduring legacy of Dame Vivienne's revolutionary contributions to the world of fashion. Cora Corré's poised and confident stride on the runway left an indelible mark, reminding us that the Westwood fashion dynasty continues to evolve and thrive in the hands of the next generation.
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Special thanks to Andreas Kronthaler and global Vivienne Westwood team
AK Knitwear & Jersey Studio Cataldi Group and Alda Santini for Andreas
Bags Laipe, Pelfim, Punto Zero and Ethical Fashion
Hats Prudence Millinery for Andreas
Shoes Deni Calzature, Tiemmegi and Crewpage
Eyewear Mondottica for Andreas Styling Sabina Schreder
Hair Sam McKnight at Premier
Make-up Isamaya Ffrench at Streeters using MAC Cosmetics Nails Ama Quashie at Streeters
Video Premices Films Music
Music composed and performed by Jeremy Dutton Casting Liz Goldson at Streeters
Light Designer Alexandre Lebrun for Lightlab
Show Production CEBE
Flowers Stephane Chapelle