vivienne westwood's beach beauty contest at spring/summer 16

We talk to fashion's original punk about tackling sexy swimwear for spring/summer 16.

by i-D Staff
22 June 2015, 12:05pm

​Photography Jason Lloyd Evans

Revolution was in the air at the Vivienne Westwood spring/summer 16 show in Milan on Sunday as fashion's original rebel declared all politicians criminals and liars in a statement given to guests. On her runway, it was a different kind of heat. Andreas Kronthaler put on beauty pageant of beach boys in tiny and very bulging bikini briefs, while Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte made his catwalk debut. i-D spoke to Kronthaler backstage.

Why was it so sexy?
You know I collect underwear and swimwear and all these things? I found these bikini bottoms for men, and we'd made these prints and I thought they'd be really great. The original one is a mid-70s south of France one where you can see all the pubic hair coming out. So we made it and used it, and in the casting we tried it on each model, and it became this beauty contest.

Who won?
The guys are from all over the world, but it came down to a French guy and an Austrian guy. And I can say it now because it's after the show: the Austrian won! I was a slight bit biased, I must say. Benjamin, he just had the chicest body.

The collection was very hot.
We had a lot of sexy swimwear and it was very summery and it was about the Mediterranean. I thought about this thing, you know when these eccentric English people go on holiday there.

Did you think about traveling?
I thought a lot about packing and doing fabrics very lightweight with mixes like cotton-silk, so you can really pack in twenty shirts and have no weight. The only problem was the shoes, because they're always heavy. So what I'm saying is, wherever you go just buy the traditional sandal in Spain, Italy, Greece or wherever and wear them. Something you can put in your handbag.


Text Anders Christian Madsen
Photography Jason Lloyd Evans

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