What would a couture rave appear like? Viktor & Rolf determined that after months of doom-scrolling and lockdowns, that was the tonic to raise spirits and get some vitality going, the pair stated over a Zoom.
“There was a degree the place we thought ‘What’s the purpose in style?’ and ‘How is what we do related?’ For this season, we wished one thing actually lighthearted so we thought a celebration as a result of we can not go dancing,” stated Rolf Snoeren.
Additionally they figured that this new period referred to as for sturdy ladies. “Warriors, however laptop recreation ones,” Viktor Horsting clarified. Cue fierce ladies down the audience-less runway towards the digital camera, decked in brilliant confections and patent fight boots within the spring assortment video, titled “Haute Fantaisie.”
Jewel-encrusted brassieres, bodysuits and people heavy boots conjured WWF cage fighters, even when balanced with voluminous tulle skirts. The shoulders of a silver and aqua mesh shirt have been so sharp they may take an eye fixed out. Even a “Bridgerton”-esque floral robe had edge, its typical prettiness damaged by a jumble of black laces.
Remodeling a detrimental right into a optimistic was the driving power right here, with the duo kicking their upcycling into an “something goes” overdrive, turning leftover supplies, a seemingly infinite cache of material swatches and even some outdated V&R clothes from waste to wow.
Cobbling collectively bite-sized items introduced novelty. “That’s why there’s a number of tiny garments within the assortment,” Horsting stated, declaring that exhibiting this a lot pores and skin and underwear as outerwear was new model turf for the Dutch duo, vulnerable to enveloping the physique.
If it was visually overwhelming, mission completed. “We wished there to be rather a lot happening,” Horsting continued. That was placing it mildly. Between the eye-popping coloration combos, shimmering materials, ruffles by the yard, discovered costume jewellery and the excess of adornments — from crystals to embroideries, beads to chains — the seems had a DIY mien — half punk, half Eighties Pat Benatar.
Even when seems ended up extra messy than museum-worthy, the gathering confirmed that there’s magnificence in choosing up the items.