In the wake of the legendary Vivienne Westwood’s passing, the fashion world was left with an irreplaceable void. However, the vivacity and creativity of the Vivienne Westwood Fall 2023 collection has proven that her spirit will continue to influence the industry. As her husband, Andreas Kronthaler, paid tribute to her life and work in a Paris showcase, the design team behind the London-based label decided to focus on the brand’s rich archives, infusing a nomadic essence into the latest collection.
A medley of distinct eras and influences came together in the Fall 2023 lineup, creating a captivating story woven from the threads of Westwood’s legacy. The collection’s central theme of a wandering traveler collecting elements from various eras manifested through a delightful blend of textures, silhouettes, and references to past seasons.
For example, a checkered fabric from the Spring 2014 collection was transformed into a contemporary style, featuring a rounded shoulder suit. Alongside this innovation, a distressed taupe jumper displayed a monkey motif from Spring 1993, further evoking the essence of Westwood’s eclectic past. The iconic off-kilter drunken tailor shape found its way into tailored separates for both men and women, emphasizing the designer’s unique touch.
Another enduring Westwood hallmark, the corset, was reintroduced with a modern twist. Kronthaler’s ‘Sunday corset’ featured a bodice beneath a soft, draped exterior, harkening back to the Fall 1990 “Portrait” collection. Leopard print also made a bold appearance on button-up shirts, thigh-skimming dresses, and a cozy teddy coat crafted from woven wool, reminiscent of the Fall 1991 “Dressing Up” collection.
The Vivienne Westwood Fall 2023 collection serves as a testament to the designer’s enduring influence within the fashion world. As her legacy lives on, devotees of the brand can take solace in the knowledge that their beloved styles will continue to be reimagined, modernized, and celebrated for generations to come.
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