Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring 2017 RTW: ‘The Rape of Europa’

The Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood spring/summer 2017 collection has been anticipated for several reasons that range from a desire to see what Andreas Kronthaler will dream into reality to good old label anticipation. Regardless of why people were so excited to see the runway show, it was clear to see that they had a lot of fans ready and waiting.

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection

Vivienne Westwood is a strong brand with an exceptional background and Andreas Kronthaler did not disappoint. There were pieces with significant symbolism in them, while others, like a textured see-through jumpsuit over a shiny pewter bikini, were fashionable items only. The variation of the styles and looks was certainly eye catching with straw pieces, wide-necked, high-shouldered designs.

There are interesting distressed shirts, and a few ensembles here and there, but in all honesty most of the collection does not seem very wearable for most people. A pewter colored dress is so drastically short that walking would not be a possibility for some, and the same is about the broadly opened neckline that anyone with more than a B cup will need some heavy duty fashion tape to wear without major wardrobe malfunctions happening.

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection

Some of the accessories were interesting in that they were miniatures of severed appendages, hands, and fingers. Large open-front shirts and jackets had a distinctly ‘80s feel to them. Other pieces were expertly draped, a white strapless dress being a perfect example of this impeccable tailoring. A favorite is the striped spaghetti strapped halter dress with the front side split with a matching bag and brown boots.

Andreas Kronthaler let his feelings be known by saying: “You need to be relevant somehow; I try to be conscious and responsible,” before elaborating that “clothes are a celebration of life, and that’s my responsibility.” He isn’t just speaking about his scantily clad models but his more thoughtfully clad models, where he is representing the pain Europe is feeling on all scales.

There are subtle and outright phallic references in the design of the clothes and accessories as well as the overall ensembles. The outfits are wildly unexpected and some of the more wearable pieces show off an interesting pattern and more interesting tailoring. The shoes were an interesting version of sandals for a very warm feel.

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection

When someone inquired about Kronthaler’s bold and audacious style choices, Dame Vivienne Westwood supportively stated that, “He does develop and exaggerate things, but I think it’s the most sexy thing in I can’t remember when.”

Boiled down the style of the Vivienne Westwood by Andreas Kronthaler spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection has a lot of Matisse-esque cutouts, asymmetrical pieces and slightly unrealistic day and party wear.

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection

Photos courtesy of Vogue

Recent Posts

Elevate Your Winter Denim Game With Ripped Jeans

Jeans are a girl’s best friend. Whenever ladies don’t know what to wear, their favorite denim pieces are here to save them. In winter most of us are sad that we have to give up...

Selena Gomez x Puma En Pointe Collection

Selena Gomez stars in her second campaign for the famous sportswear brand Puma. After becoming their ambassador in September 2017, the singer launched her first official campaign for the Phenom sneaker in November. And now for...

Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss Reunited for Kim Jones’s Last Louis Vuitton Show

It has been a while since a designer convinced the legendary Kate Moss to go back on the runway. Her last official walk was at Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2013 women’s show. Five years later, the...

Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection

One of the advantages, when you're a daughter of an infamous pop singer, is that your father can entertain the guests at any party you host. Stella McCartney got her dad Paul McCartney up on...

Nike’s “The 1 Reimagined” Collection Is All About Female Empowerment

The sneaker industry is finally becoming more inclusive for women's designs. Over the past few years, sneakers became a must-have item in every fashionista’s closet. Fashion influencers started including them in every one of their...