- Title: Vivienne Westwood's SS/07 collection hails goddess Europa as muse
- Date: 1st October 2016
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 1, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MODEL WEARING OVERSIZED STRAW HAT, BROWN SHIRT AND BLUE THREE-QUARTER LENGTH TROUSERS VARIOUS OF MODEL WEARING OVERSIZED STRAW-LIKE DRESS AND THICK BLACK EYESHADOW VARIOUS OF MODEL WEARING OFF-THE-SHOULDER RED SILKY TOP AND RED SHORTS WITH HEART-SHAPED POCKETS VARIOUS OF MODEL WEARING CONSTRUCTED TOP BOXED AROUND HEAD AND DRAPED WITH MULTI-COLOURED FABRIC, KNEE-LENGTH SOCKS MODEL WEARING FLESH-COLOURED DRESS PRINTED WITH CARTOON OF FEMALE BODY FEATURES, LONG FLESH-COLOURED BOOTS VARIOUS OF MODEL WEARING CAP, OVERSIZED BLAZER WITH SHORT SLEEVES AND CULOTTES IN CHECKED PATTERN, LONG FLESH-COLOURED BOOTS MODEL WEARING LOIN CLOTH AND SHOULDER CAPE, BRIGHT RED LIPSTICK AND BROWN SHOES AUDIENCE WATCHING SHOW FINALE VARIOUS OF DESIGNER, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, AND HER HUSBAND AND LABEL CREATIVE DIRECTOR, ANDREAS KRONTHALER, WALKING ALONG MODELS IN FINALE, EMBRACING
- Embargoed: 16th October 2016 19:13
- Keywords: Fashion week Paris Vivienne Westwood SS17 Andreas Kronthaler
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Fashion
- Reuters ID: LVA0015269BH5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Vivienne Westwood's Spring/Summer 2017 women's ready-to-wear collection hit the Paris catwalk on Saturday (October 1) in an array of straw-like confections and gender-bending, Mediterranean-inspired unisex pieces.
The collection saw creative director Andreas Kronthaler -- Westwood's husband -- firmly stepping out of his wife's shadow while hailing the influence women have had on his work.
One woman Kronthaler cited in the collection was "the goddess who gave her name to our continent: Europa." Kronthaler said in a statement that: "I see England as part of Europe, so does Vivienne," and that British unisex tailoring had had a particular influence on the show.
But the art and lifestyle of southern Europe was the key theme celebrated in the pieces, resonating with echoes of Van Gogh's southern French haystacks and -- for Kronthaler especially -- with Matisse's famous cut-out collages.
"There's nobody who can capture the south and style more, you know, he lived in the south of France, the colours and everything. And there are these cut-outs and this, actually - Vivienne is wearing this dress, this famous blue cut-out, yeah? And it's just stitched together with this bend in order to give it a three-dimensional....To get a rapport with the body. But this piece here is the frame of it. So you're not throwing anything away," he said, gesturing at a dress Westwood was wearing.
"You know, I used to be the assistant of Vivienne and now Vivienne is the assistant of me. [I] kind of describe it in that way, because she's, you know, designing a lot of her line and she's helping me and all these things but she's a great campaigner, she's a big campaigner and it's taking a lot of her time and energy. Plus, you know, there is a certain...I don't want her to work like a donkey any more," Kronthaler added.
Westwood and Kronthaler have collaborated for over 25 years and presented their first collection together as 'Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood' in March 2016 under the title 'Sexercise'.
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