Posted by Stephan Moskovic | March 7th, 2011
Backstage at Viktor and Rolf a sign read, “you are a soldier in the Viktor and Rolf Army, an army to fight for beauty!” While this message may have been intended to motivate catwalkers, it can also serve as nod to the collection itself, which was filled with aggressive ensembles. Strong shoulders, high collars and armor inspired detailing were seen throughout the mostly black and crimson offerings, while models – in one of the best show casting of the season – sported bright red warpaint on their faces, courtesy of Pat McGrath. V&R have always played with imagery that straddles the line between violent and romantic – they are the purveyors of Flowerbomb after all – but could this collection be making a covert statement about fashion’s current state of chaos? The answer may be elusive, but everyone can appreciate the artistry found in the pieces themselves; sharp tailoring and statement making are two of their specialities and there was no shortage of that on the runway. The final segment of dresses and coats with origami folds in shades of silver was truly a sight to behold.