At the beginning of last year, Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler made the most of the relaxation of restrictions across Europe traveling down to Naples to see friends – a trip that would coincidentally set the scene for their SS22 campaign against “collapsing 16th-century houses, fishing boats, and vibrant locals.”
The iconic Italian city ended up acting as the perfect locale to shoot Westwood’s Tied to the Mast collection, which reworked the iconic silhouettes of the SS98 collection for today. Taking place along the Lungomare di Mergellina and the Spanish Quarter of Naples and photographed by friend and collaborator Juergen Teller, the images put locals front and center (alongside Westwood and Kronthaler), celebrating the city and its people.
“We had freedom again!” says Kronthaler, “I’ve always wanted to show Vivienne Naples. That’s how it all came about.” “I know how much Juergen loves the city too – he has a deep affection and connection to it. I could visualize this collection there, in the surroundings. It’s a summer collection so the Mediterranean atmosphere is perfect for it. We held a casting with the locals – with the people who make the city and give it the vibe “Scugnizzi”.”
The result is an editorial and a collection that both embody the punk aesthetic of Vivienne Westwood and her countercultural sensibilities. Black and yellow checkered dresses with vibrant silk bows, ruched latex dresses in grays and blues, black ruffled silk dresses, and blue satin booties, juxtapose a certain satirical normality against the brutal and direct simplicity of contemporary Naples.
Cody is the Editor in Chief and senior contributor at liminul.
He is a photography aficionado, fashion enthusiast, avid Lana Del Rey fan, and lover of all things aesthetically pleasing.