Vivienne Westwood and her husband Andreas Kronthaler mined the past for a collection that mashed up tribal references with 19th century elements inspired by the works of the world’s first couturier, Charles Worth. In show notes, Westwood dubbed it a “free interpretation” of Worth’s work, but his signature tulle made up a majority of the looks. The audience was pitched down a bottomless of well of big ideas, and the results are loud, aggressive, and fierce.
There was a violent and pivotal clash of worlds when Westwood adorned her models in the trappings of Peru’s Ashaninka tribe and dandy Edwardian suiting. Enormous Mad Hatter caps topped several of the looks, adding a layer of hyped-up dizziness to the proceedings. Exaggerated structure modified the lines of the body adding big shoulders, big hips, and big busts to the silhouettes, although at times the body was obscured under draped layers and padded volumes. Westwood’s shows are always a bit of a circus – colorful, whimsical, and unapologetically gauche. But strip away the obfuscating excess and you’re left with beautiful singularities that hit their mark at the moment where everything else seems like chaos.
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