Vivienne Westwood has presented its Fall/Winter 2019 collection in a campaign which celebrates London’s Barbican Estate’s 50th birthday. Westwood and her partner Andreas Kronthaler have taken over the iconic Brutalist estate and have enlisted Juergen Teller to capture the collection’s bold punk and glam-rock inspired pieces.
The campaign is also filled with iconography that draws inspiration from Greek mythology and the London Symphony Orchestra. Speaking on the collection in a press statement, Westwood and Kronthaler said, “We love the Barbican, we go there on a regular basis over all these years, mostly to listen to concerts, home of the LSO. It’s a place which always surprises you — the building is exciting, there’s always something new to discover.”
“We went to see The Tantalus, a play by John Barton. He summed up the whole of Greek mythology in his own composition. The theatre of the Barbican is wonderful, the staging is so versatile. The play took all day, from morning until night, we had intervals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it was one of the greatest events of our life together.”
Models — including Westwood and Kronthaler themselves — are seen holding pitchforks, scythes and other historical items as a nod to Greek mythology. In the campaign, we can see pieces such as floating white gowns as another Greek reference, yet also see more typically-Westwood designs in the Bowie-esque tartan suit and tailored waistcoat.
Other notable pieces include an oversized green floral two-piece, a floral puffer jacket and a pair of grey-and-blue checked trousers feature red fringing. Check out the lookbook in the gallery above and watch the campaign video below.
For more eclectic fashion, take a look at LOEWE’s FW19 campaign which puts the historic city of Toledo at its forefront.