fall prêt-à-porter, paris: viktor + rolf

by Jeremy Danté

red faced, villan-esque & highly stylized- the viktor & rolf FW11 collection presented in paris never once laced imagination or innovation with it’s approach to the fall. while the models resembled darth maul from star wars: episode one (s/o to camille harvey for character identification) the collection was over the top & broke the mold, opposing greater forms of minimalism, which have been popular amongst the most powerful houses. while last season was much more tame, it seems as though viktor & rolf have mastered the art of suprise, creating & presenting inspiring concepts from season to season, with appropriate pauses in between. overall, the clothes do blur the lines of wearable pieces & style of photographic shock- the direction taken this season is well delivered, thoughtfully executed & all in all, well done. dramatic collars, sleek silhouette & a controlled palette allow the vision of the collection to be much more powerfully felt. construction was the headlining element of the set, as intricate development of looks, shape & volume were seen from beginning to end. viktor & rolf continually raise the bar & im very excited to see how editors & stylists work these pieces into fashion publication for the fall season of 2011.

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