Paris, punk and platforms: Step inside Vivienne Westwood’s AW23 collection

Vivienne Westwood FW23 proves punk is well and truly alive while paying homage to the legendary designer.

Vivienne Westwood took Paris Fashion Week by storm with the presentation of their AW23 collection at the Hotel de la Marine. The collection was designed by none other than the late icon’s long collaborator and husband Andreas Kronthaler.

In the first show since her passing in December of last year, Vivienne Westwood’s presence was sorely missed throughout the emotional show. The opening look fittingly paid homage to the iconic designer with a blouse printed with Vivienne’s face. This was a layered look paired with leggings, mini skirt and platform lace up boots in true punk fashion.

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The show began with classical music to complement the more tame looks, and in true Vivienne fashion, escalated to AC/DC’s ‘T.N.T’ as the more daring and punk looks came out.

The looks saw the iconic tartan skirts, platformed boots and oversized blazers, all which Vivienne famously loved and used previously to establish her crown as the queen of punk.

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One of Vivienne Westwood’s most notable muses, Irina Shayk, stepped out on the catwalk in a burgundy ruched gown with puffed shoulders and a plunging neckline.

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Jean Paul Gaultier, Jared Leto and Julia Fox were among the designers and stars seated in the front row to see the newest collection. Also seated in the front row was Halsey, fitted in none other than a Vivienne Westwood corset from the SS23 collection.

In a spectacular close to the show, we saw Cora Corré close the show with the bridal look in a corseted white lace bodice paired with a bouquet of white flowers and white horns in her hair. What made this look even more special was the fact that it was modelled by Vivienne Westwood’s very own granddaughter in her own special tribute to her celebrated grandmother.

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After taking his bow for an extraordinary collection, Andrea Kronthaler paid tribute to his late wife and co-designer, stating “I understand you so much more now”.

This collection showcased Vivienne Westwood’s everlasting legacy in fashion and was the perfect tribute to the queen of punk.


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