Fashion
  • Text Lisa Walden
  • 2nd October 2016

The Rape of Europa

Power couple Andreas Kronthaler and Vivienne Westwood combined their strengths for a second time in this season’s ‘RESCUE 112’ collection. The title referred to Boucher’s Rape of Europa which currently resides in the Louvre (it reads 112- the cross-European emergency number), an apt influence for a collection that tapped into our sociopolitical climate: there was a little post-Brexit influence in the show— “I see England as part of Europe, so does Vivienne,” explained Kronthaler.

Neat little jackets, injections of bright hues, oodly-shaped straw and twig hats, a few almost-naked male models, and Matisse cut-outs made for a certain impulsive spirit and theatrical show (because that’s what Viv does best, right?) “This collection began with Rosita who is Italian and has produced our work for many years. Her spirit aspires always to give me what I’m after—to bring it to fruition,” explains 49-year-old Austrian-born designer Andreas Kronthaler. “I love the sea as much as the Italians and it is through her that I made the Mediterranean world my source of inspiration for this season.”

Westwood recently announced that she will be merging her Red Label and MAN collections and showing the combined effort during London: Collections Men FW17 (although Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood for stay in Paris) and we’re sure she’ll have a few more stern words for the UK government on her return home.