Vivienne Westwood was never one to follow trends and fads. In fact, during the latter parts of the 20th-century, she actually started and pioneered them, not the other way around. And with this in mind, it baffled us profusely having seen how much Andreas Kronthaler adhered to current streetwear trends in his Fall 2019 collection for his subline for the great dame designer. When we saw the unnecessarily large outerwear, heavily-layered styling, and crumpled metallics, it was as if they came from a different brand altogether. Such elements looked way too familiar from the likes of Vetements and Off-White. They also looked awkward and increasingly unflattering, confusing us even more as to who will want to wear such stuff. The corsetry was amazing though and felt very in-line with the signature aesthetic of the legendary designer. But we still missed the subversive and dark romance, the off-the-rails type of avant-garde, and the punk attitude that all started from Westwood herself. Granted this was designed by Kronthaler, we just felt it was a huge shame that there was almost little to no sense of the Vivienne Westwood identity in the mix. We hope it’ll come back stronger next season!
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