The namesake designer and her creative director (and husband) Andrea Kronthaler held the show in Garage Amelot in the city’s Marais neighborhood, the same venue where Virgil Abloh held his Off-White spring ’19 show on Thursday and the perfect venue for the duo’s action-packed runway, which included male bodybuilders in platforms, skateboarders in kitten heels and gender neutral clothing, scooters and even a model wearing a chair as a hat.
Inside the cement space (an actual garage), various models walked, scooted and skateboarded around a paper art installation in the center of the room.
There were Westwood’s usual platforms, done this time with a tulle accent on the ankles to accent the sky-high sandals or basic black leather ankle boots.
Male bodybuilders also walked out in platforms, wearing only the shoes and underwear (the show notes explained that Kronthaler was introducing a line of underwear designed by friend Yasmine Eslami).
The bodybuilders certainly weren’t the first examples of gender-bending from Vivienne Westwood, and Kronthaler also sent out a skateboard in kitten heel mules and a tunic-like dress to show a more subtle, nuanced view of genderless dressing.
See more styles on the runway at Vivienne Westwood’s spring ’19 show.