Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood FW24: when performance meets fashion

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood FW24: when performance meets fashion

by Juliette Eleuterio
3 min

The Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 2024 gave us spinning dancers and yodelling, as models walked by in codes core to the late designer. 

If it weren’t for the all white old campus university room, you would think you accidentally stumbled upon forest people where the mandatory diet was shrooms and shrooms only. The show started with a five minute or so performance, a rendition of the Sons of Sissy, where three men took centre stage, one creating ASMR type noises while others danced and spun incessantly, enough to make us feel dizzy for them.

After an amusing introduction — of which the entertainment would last the entire show with the men tap dancing, clapping and bringing out an array of instruments, gobsmacking show attendee Emma Chamberlain among others — the first model walked out, wearing a symmetrically holed knitted sweater with long john-type trousers, a polka-dotted jockstrap, ‘AK’ branded flame socks and bow-adorned ballet-inspired flats. 

The jockstrap-turned fanny pack continued on several menswear and womenswear ensembles, across a series of voluminous and layered looks. Classics were seen redefined, such as suit-style jackets with arm holes where the sleeves would just lay on the model’s arm, of course in rich and indulgent fabrics à la Viv. 

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House codes such as the classic Westwood check were spotted in abundance, notably on Sam Smith who walked the show wearing signature high, high pumps, the jockstrap-bottoms in a blue, green and red check, as well as a matching headband, a red and brown check scarf paired with a muted green v-neck top, wooden cane in hand, further pushing that troll-like vibe of the show.

Speaking of famous faces on the runway, Lila Moss made an appearance wearing a blue ensemble, gloves and head scarf included, paired with a sparkling black chest-covering top and heightened burgundy pumps. Recent House favourite Amelia Gray also featured on the runway, wearing a dramatic black gown with ruffled, overgrown shoulders, and a criss-cross pleated skirt.

Now always a show that pulls at the heartstrings, the Vivienne Westwood FW24 show was filled with 90s archival references, such as an open-chest, puffy-sleeved gown reminiscent of one shown in the Fall/Winter 1995 collection.

Bordering on the odd while keeping it refined, Andreas Kronthaler continues to lead the Vivienne Westwood brand, as he has been, since the sad passing of his creative and life partner: by channelling Vivienne’s energy

Cover Image credit: Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood

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