The Punk Monks on Vivienne Westwood's Runway
If the Dalai Lama needs to something to wear to the club.
With the title “Sexercise,” one might expect Vivienne Westwood’s latest collection to take a turn for the sultry, but this latest collection was about blending gender. It was a mix of male and female models on Saturday, showing men in skirts and makeup and women in strong suits.
Show notes indicated that the collection was inspired by an old friend that became a Buddhist monk, which translated into oversized outerwear in rich burnt sienna and merlots and skirts that doubled as scarves. The duo relied heavily on Asian influences for some looks, including Tibetan hats topping baggy blazers, then abandoned it altogether, alternating with slick suits and gold puffer parkas.
It's just what the Dalai Lama would need if he decides to go clubbing. The throbbing techno music fit perfectly.
It was the first time the label has shown under its new moniker, Andreas Krothaler for Vivienne Westwood, the change made in honor of her husband and longtime design partner. With Westwood passing the reins (she is still involved but has stepped back from the day-to-day design) to her husband, the two took the final lap on the runway hand in hand.