Husband's Paris catwalk love letter to 'Queen of Punk' Westwood

British designer Vivienne Westwood appears with her husband Andreas Kronthaler at the end of his show for fashion house Vivienne Westwood, during Fashion Week in Paris, France, Mar. 3, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 03 March 2018
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Husband's Paris catwalk love letter to 'Queen of Punk' Westwood

PARIS: Designer Andreas Kronthaler made a touching declaration of love to his wife Vivienne Westwood at their lapel's storming Paris fashion show Saturday.
The flamboyant Austrian creator - who many including himself believe is the basis for comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's 2009 fashion satire "Bruno" - pulled out all the stops in a joyous romp of a collection that put his spin on the Queen of Punk's iconoclastic career.
"I don't like looking back, it's not my way," Kronthaler, who took the reins of the brand two years ago, told AFP.
"But looking at our time together and how many things she has inspired in me and taught me... I just thought, how wonderful."
His notes for the show was a love letter to his wife, citing her golden rule, "When in doubt, dress up!"
"I still think to this day you are the best dressed woman in any room. Love you forever," said the designer who met Westwood as a student when he was 25 and she 50.
Westwood, now 76, cheered her husband - who she has called "the world's greatest designer" - after the show along with American actress Rose McGowan, who helped launch the #MeToo movement accusing the disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape.
"That is what (fashion) should be. It was great," she told AFP.
The collection ranged over Westwood's career from the 1970s with lots of feathers and frills to counter its gender fluid side, with three male go-go dancers in impossibly high platform boots and eight male models walking the catwalk along with 20 women.
Kronthaler said he copied two pieces in the collection, a mohair punk sweater that Westwood knitted for herself - "which says so much about you, and the other is the catsuit which you used to wear when I first met you."
Meanwhile, French designer Veronique Leroy had earlier shown her collection on the screen of a Champs Elysees cinema.
She told AFP her wool-rich autumn-winter range that featured Harris tweed coats and jackets was inspired by country weekends and that she shot the film in rural Burgundy.
"I have been thinking of showing my work for ages in another way other than on the catwalk," she said.
"I said to myself I just can't go on doing the same repetition thing... and in the end I think we showed the clothes and how I came with them better than we could have in a show."


‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

Updated 18 June 2019
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‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

  • The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days”
  • Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned

LOS ANGELES: A new “Hunger Games” novel set decades before the original best-selling trilogy will be published next year, its publisher said Monday, with plans for an accompanying film already under way.
The book will revisit the macabre post-apocalyptic world of Panem created by Suzanne Collins’ young adult novels, which were adapted into one of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises starring Jennifer Lawrence.
The original books, which sold more than 100 million copies, told the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage heroine forced by the realm’s totalitarian leaders to participate in a reality TV-style fight to the death.
The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days,” in which the nation “struggles to get back to its feet” after a devastating war, Collins said.
Four films based on the trilogy of novels — the final book was split into two parts — turned Lawrence into an A-list movie star and grossed $2.97 billion worldwide.
Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
“We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Author Collins said the book would explore “the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”
The as-yet untitled book will be published on May 19, 2020.