Mr & Mx: Vivienne Westwood Men’s Spring 2017

In keeping with what’s happening elsewhere in Milan and London, Vivienne Westwood — together with her partner Andreas Kronthaler — continued in her longstanding quest to blur gender lines.

Her diverse men — wearing drapy, droopy, meshy things, mixed with more tailored pieces — were often indistinguishable from a smattering of female models. Not everyone enjoys that sort of engineered confusion, but this was Westwood’s territory before the others.

Also belonging to Westwood is her tradition of spouting off on topical matters in the margins (and sometimes centerstage) of her fashion shows. This season that message took the form of a video shown to guests, calling for the release of that other political provocateur, Julian Assange.

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