Viktor & Rolf’s Greatest Hits – Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf celebrate twenty years for the November issue of Vogue Netherlands. The design pair has had some memorable collections over the last two decades where they brought their own avant-garde twist. Philip Riches captures Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren with printed images from memorable collections including their “No” fall 2008 season, the cutout tulle gowns from spring 2010 and their pillow dresses from fall 2005.
Viktor & Rolf’s School Days – Viktor & Rolf go back to school with the Dutch design duo’s spring 2014 collection shown during the fifth day of Paris Fashion Week. The pair deconstructed schoolgirl uniform staples such as the blazer, pleated plaid skirt and button-up shirt. The result was a play on proportions and shape which was far from girly and more grownup. Tops or jackets were decorated with insignias, sometimes quite literal and other times more abstract with geometric shapes. Skirts also riffed off the classic uniform, but were transformed with multiple layers or voluminous pleats. Long waistcoats and high necklines also gave the spring outing an almost boyish undertone.
The New Bridal – Dutch avant-garde design duo Viktor & Rolf sets their sights on wedding apparel with a six piece capsule collection of wedding dresses. The pair goes for a color palette of all traditional white, but works in some adventurous looks such as a shirt dress made of silk crepe de chine and a fitted jumpsuit. A short look is perfect for a beach wedding while a gown with ruffled layers seems more appropriate for a grand event. / Model – Magdalena Jasek
Viktor & Rolf’s Furry Things – For fall 2012, Viktor & Rolf designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren presented a darkly romantic collection of retro inspired garments set against a backdrop of moonlight and shadows. Opening with an array of slinky pajama style pants and bottoms; the pieces were embellished with fur sleeves. In fact, fur was a major part of the autumn collection with lush shaggy coats, fur-adorned lingerie and shoes. A dark color palette of black, ash grey and chocolate set the stage for sensuous silhouettes paired with thigh high stockings. The showing ended on a romantic note, showcasing a pair of stunning ruffle-adorned gowns.
Viktor & Rolf’s Spring Playtime – Known for their avant-garde aesthetic, Viktor & Rolf sent a parade of dolls down the runway for their spring 2012 collection. With big, visible stitching, dramatic ruffles and bows, the designer duo offered up youthful feminine fashion with their own couture touch. Gowns were wide and sweeping, adding lace, mesh and silk to an already powerful showing.
Viktor & Rolf take on a surrealistic vision with this recent film directed by Philip Riches and starring Natasa Vojnovic. Shot the fall season, Natasa is the perfect pull between the masculine and the feminine in red and black.
For their fall 2011 collection, Viktor & Rolf looked towards the medieval age for inspiration. Models walked down the runway with red faces, the designer duo’s signature avant garde shapes with armor-like pleats and large flower motifs which served as a sort of coat of arms. Ending with a parade of metallic dresses, Viktor & Rolf’s finale ended in the Silver Age and was overall a strong showing for the Dutch pair.
Moving away from last season’s dark outing for a remix of a classic staple–the oversize mens shirt–Viktor & Rolf continued to play with volume and proportion for their spring 2011 collection. From pinstripes to animal print accents, the designer duo presented a grand show which culminated in a finale dress that can only be described as a work of art.