12 March 2013

Viktor & Rolf AW13

About the collection:

Rebellious Sophistication

Viktor&Rolf's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection presents the existing house codes of provocative, unexpected glamour in a mood of rebellious sophistication.

Short silhouettes define the collection. There is an emphasis on compact, clean tailoring in matte black tricotine, leather and quilted silk-nylon. Sculptural restraint is juxtaposed with intricately folded, integrated bow decorations. And rich embroideries in a trompe-l'oeil of fraying, rips and tears provide a rebellious yet luxurious antidote. The palette draws from a largely black and white base, infused with textured patent and lacquered accessories.

Following an evolution from the pre-fall collection, outerwear, dresses and core pieces are realized with soft jacquards: tone-on-tone and distressed prints are organic in texture and perception. Trompe-l'oeil patchworks incorporate beads, lace, chiffon and fraying techniques are  applied onto blouses, tops, sweaters and skirts throughout the collection, adding an edge to the softer fabrications and knitwear.  Bonded leather and relaxed furs in a patchwork of short and long hair compose the outerwear range. The classic white shirt, an icon of the Viktor&Rolf offering is surreally deconstructed with decorative holes, lace insets and asymmetrical volants.  The shirt becomes multi-purpose: worn as a shirt or a mini-dress.

The house introduces new declinations of the 'Bombette' handbag range offering high-gloss lacquer finish to the standout metal 'flowerbombette' clutch variety, which takes its silhouette from the house's iconic Flowerbomb bottle shape giving it both sartorial wit and red-carpet elegance.  The bag is offered in both black and white lacquer finish with light gold hardware.

Set design: Studio Job
Make-up: Pat McGrath ( Streeters )
Hair: Luigi Murenu ( Streeters )
Casting: Andrew Weir ( ACW )
Production: Bureau Betak
Photography: Peter Stigter

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