Saturday 3rd October

| BY Claudia Croft

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood: Ready-to-Wear SS21

Dame Vivienne Westwood has always believed that culture enriches us and to that end, she and her husband Andreas Kronthaler, combined their lookbook shoot with a poetry reading. Dame Viv stood in front of the camera, dressed in a marvellous green corseted ensemble and golden shoes, her hair set into an imposing Thatcher-meets-Raine-Spencer up-do. After grabbing our attention with surely the best hair look of the season, she read ‘Dawn at Shih Ch’Eng’ by Li Ho. After that, she changed into a long, golden shirtdress and recited her own composition, ‘Tao means Way’.

Longtime Westwood muse, Sarah Stockbridge, read Li Po’s ‘Wandering up Ample Gauze Creek on a Spring Day’, whilst wearing a pair patterned blue hotpants, and rose printed boots. Model and harpist, Vita Leandra treated us to ‘Beneath the Linden Tree’ by Walther von der Vogelweide whilst showing off a silver-grey, silk corset dress. Andreas Kronthaler took his turn in a fetching mini skirt and skeleton tee, and read William Shakespeare’s ‘Where the Bee Sucks, so Suck I.’ The film offered just a snippet of the SS21 collection but it was a wonderful expression of the couple’s world, their values and their unique aesthetic. And like so many things that Andreas and Westwood do together, it was batshit brilliant.

Photography courtesy of Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood. 

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