Pamela Anderson will walk for Vivienne Westwood tomorrow. And I've just seen what she is going to wear. How so? Well, I had the pleasure of an on-the-hop lunch with Andrea Kronthaler the very lovely 'co-designer and husband of" Vivienne Westwood at their Rue du Mail HQ. With a model casting in full swing, and outfits being styled up, I got a wonderfully close-up look at the collection. The models casting for a part on the show all had bodies - they had busts, butts and big hair and yet were still fragile and beautiful with it. When I pointed out that these were rather lustier than usual model bodies for a fashion show, Andreas said it was intentional. ‘We have done the casting around Pamela. I think the feeling is of playgirls, but not in the bodies. It's not like that necessarily. It's an attitUDE. Pamela is one of the loveliest women I've met. She comes after Vivienne & Jerry Hall and makes my top three,' he told us. ‘Vivienne is also great friends with her. They connected over the environment. In fact both Vivienne and Pamela are pretty fanatical about fighting their causes.' Andreas then walks me over to her dress. ‘It's inspired by the angels in the high Renaissance paintings of Andrea Mantegna but we created it from Tyvek and a tutu and this leather strap means you can hoik it up like a rucksack.' Think we'll wait to see that on the runway. For her part, Pamela is looking at this as a once in a lifetime opportunity. ‘She has always wanted to model. She has never done it before...' And just at that moment Vivienne comes in looking too fabulous and says to Andreas, ‘So how many have you smoked today?' He is trying to give up. But you can't give up the day before a Westwod show can you?
- Melanie Rickey