WESTWOOD’S RED CARPET: With a slew of stars wearing her gowns — among them Anne Hathaway, Kirsten Dunst and Rita Ora — Vivienne Westwood is now presenting a collection dedicated to the red carpet.
Earlier this month, Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood’s husband and the label’s creative director, traveled to Los Angeles to show the Gold Label red carpet capsule collection to press and stylists ahead of awards season. While Westwood had previously presented the lineup as a pre-season collection, now the designs are squarely aimed at high-octane, red-carpet occasions.
For the collection, the designer said she’d taken inspiration from the late English couturier Charles Frederick Worth, with designs that channeled Worth’s “elaborate, feminine and flowing silhouettes,” Westwood said. Looks include Westwood’s bustier-style Melba dress in a black, red, orange and blue floral fabric, along with Dora, a black-and-white check dress constructed with drapes and folds. Dunst wore a dress from the collection — a short version of the Amber dress in black-and-white check — to the premiere of “Unbroken” in Los Angeles last week.
The red-carpet pieces will hit Vivienne Westwood boutiques in January, at the same time as the spring Gold Label collection.