On Saturday all eyes were on Bella and Gigi Hadid as they slayed the runway at the Vivienne Westwood show at Paris Fashion Week.
With Saturday’s eccentric fare that combined 1970s aesthetics with the medieval, Westwood’s husband and creative right-hand man Andreas Kronthaler was in a typical burlesque mood, stating that for the Vivienne Westwood autumn/winter collection, he wished to pay tribute to the world of the stage.
“I wanted to make a collection about the theatre, the commedia dell’arte,” Andreas said, referring to the early theatrical genre originating in Italy from the 16th century that featured hyperbolic, often grotesque characters. “I’ve been very inspired by this since being a teenager,” he said.
Cut to billowing veils, harlequin diamond-patterned tracksuits, corseted dresses, and gold truncated boots. Despite the absence of Pulcinella, the commedia dell’arte’s black-masked clown, masks, ruching, and draping that inspired the character’s iconic costumes were plentiful.
Bella and Gigi have racked up a slew of runway appearances in Paris since landing in the French capital—fresh from their Milan Fashion Week modelling gigs—including Off-White, Isabel Marant, Coperni, and Ludovic De Saint-Sernin displays.
Bella presented two dramatic outfits from the London designer’s most recent collection. A sage green mini-dress with a dramatic sash and fishnets was the first of the looks. The other was an avant-garde bridal ensemble that had a corseted tulle mini-dress with red pom poms, a matching veil, and an elaborate tiara, which closed the show.
Gigi also donned two different looks during the display. A large orange patterned coat with matching top and headpiece, floral patterned cloak, black mini skirt, and striped leg warmers were part of one boho-inspired ensemble. In another appearance, the model wore a white draped dress with a translucent veil that hid her eyes, giving off a spooky chic vibe.
Watch the full show below.