Last week, visionary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood made headlines – as she’s made a career of doing – when she released her SS16 campaign featuring porn giant Colby Keller.
The campaign, titled “Mirror the World,” was shot throughout Venice by renowned fashion photog Juergen Teller and highlights the beauty and decay of the ancient city – and the urgent need to save it.
Asked how he got involved with the campaign, Keller told us:
“I’m not 100% certain but I think it was twofold. It might have been through my friend and fashion designer, Bernhard Wilhelm who is friends with Andreas Kronthaler (Vivienne’s husband). We’d gone thrifting in LA and he snapped a pic of me in some Vivienne Westwood vintage trousers and sent the pic to Andreas.
Or it might have been from a consignment auction I was invited to participate in called Hasbeens and Willbees and Dame (yes, she’s an actual dame) Vivienne was another one of the participants so she may have heard about me from that. And then someone from her team got in touch with me.”
In her November 19th diary entry, Westwood further explains her decision to use Keller:
“By evening Colby our 4th model arrived (going back to US next morning). He is a porn star. When Andreas had shown me his photo and asked my opinion I said immediately, I know why he’s a porn star, because he looks like the sweetest nicest person. And that’s how it turned out.
He is observant and knows more about Venice than me. He knows what we’re up against regarding environment. Juergen took us out to a little shop with fish tanks. The tiny fish tickle you by eating the dead skin and you come out with your legs smooth.”
See the full campaign here.