Fusion of style

AFP – Designer Andreas Kronthaler merged his signature urban punk with fresh tribal styles for the Vivienne Westwood show set amid dark brooding light.

The mood seemed to suit Kronthaler: it resulted in a collection that moved the house of Westwood in a welcome, more focussed direction.

A gargantuan pointed hat was paired with a bathing suit bodice, a great detail that set the tone for a display of quirky contrasts. Ethnic jewellery abounded along with knee-high soccer socks. A pale silver headdress billowed fabric ribbons that nestled eccentrically on a pair of loose culottes.

A checkered pattern on loose or gathered skirts cut a fine contrast with a metallic blue double-breasted jacket that had the gigantic round shoulders and glimmer of the 1980s.