After the spectacular Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood S/S18 show in Paris on Saturday, friends and family of AnOther Magazine, MAC Cosmetics and the house of Vivienne Westwood took a pause from their Paris fashion week schedules to raise a glass of Laurent Perrier to our latest issue’s many collaborators.
On a quiet corner of rue du Mail, Chez Georges opened its wooden panelled doors (rare on a Saturday) to Jefferson Hack, Susannah Frankel, Kronthaler, Westwood and their guests. The little fin-de -siècle bistro was bustling with attendees, Anja Rubik, Arizona Muse, Camille Bidault-Waddington, Craig McDean, Delfina Delettrez-Fendi, Katy England, Gareth Pugh, Isamaya Ffrench, Juergen Teller, Katy England, Olivier Zahm, Sam McKnight, Saskia de Brauw, Simone Rocha and Venetia Scott among them.
Along rows and rows of low-lit, linen-dressed tables, guests dined on a classic French menu: salted radishes, lentils, terrine de porc, seabass with autumn vegetables and tarte tatin. Wine was quashed beneath the gilt nouveau mirrors while Lautrec-era oil paintings glimmered in the candle light. The night continued into the early hours with cocktails at nearby La Mano – a fittingly romantic setting in which to celebrate the show, which was ebulliently “pretty”, as Westwood called it. Nods to Boucher and Bruegel were interwoven with themes of lust, desire, sex and, even sadness which, as Kronthaler noted, “are best expressed through colours.”
Such amorous notes were, of course, offset by a heavy dose of madness: models were daubed with paint – in many cases both their skin and clothes. And while MAC Cosmetics’ formidable expertise infiltrates a vast swathe of the fashion weeks’ key shows, none offer such boundary-pushing beauty looks than at Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, where models walked with huge glittered hand prints stamped onto their faces, or clownish smiles smeared across their mouths. It’s a recipe for pure creativity, a universe we salute with the Autumn/Winter 2017 issue of AnOther Magazine.
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