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Editorial

A key collection for Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne Westwood’s husband and collaborator who, after 25 years of working alongside her, finally shares the billing with his wife. Perhaps that is why Dame Viv set aside her environmental activism in favour of the creativity of her husband, who drew inspiration from Bruegel’s 16th century peasant wedding painting. The rustic mood later transformed into punk, with blood red tints that Kronthaler claimed were taken faithfully from the painting on draped toga-dresses, trousers and sack skirts with drawstring waist and cropped velvet blouses. The rest of the collection, which veered into more muted tones, mixed references to vintage costumes with menswear, sporty elements, oversize shapes and asymmetry in true Westwood style.