Viktor & Rolf’s couture fashion show was presented by ballerinas last night.
Design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren closed out Wednesday’s proceedings in Paris and put on an amazing show.
There was piano music by Nils Frahm, while the looks were modelled by the Dutch National Ballet corps. It may seem over-the-top but the idea was for it to look like a perfume commercial, as at the end of the presentation a banner was unfolded stating that Bonbon is the house’s new female fragrance.
“We wanted something very, very free and sweet but with an edge,” Snoeren told WWD of the largely latex collection. “We wanted to treat Latex as something soft, which it isn’t.”
The colour palette was pale pink, with dancers walking en pointe to show off the creations. The clothes were largely short, such as the mini skater-style dress which was paired with a matching bra top. The full skirt was one of the key shapes of the collection, although sometimes it had ruffles coming from it and occasionally a handkerchief hem.
There were some longer looks too, usually though they still showed off some skin as they were asymmetric. The pieces were even more stunning as the Latex looked soft and billowy, almost like chiffon.
Swallows and butterflies were hand-painted onto some pieces, made even more eye-catching when they were used at the centre of some draping.
Latex was also used to create a polo shirt and blazer, all with pretty much no visible seams.
The ballerina’s faces were eclipsed by their giant hair, which was created by Luigi Murenu.
“They look almost like clouds, like a surrealist work by [Argentine painter] Leonor Fini,” he told style.com of the crimped looks.
Valentino also showed last night, going for a muted, earthy, colour palette. The gowns were mostly long with dropped shoulders, with chiffon skirts showing models’ legs and intricate embellishment lifting the collection.
Today will see presentations by Zuhair Murad and Ralph & Russo.