With their 20th Anniversary, Viktor&Rolf return to Haute Couture after a 13-year absence:
“We chose to celebrate our 20th anniversary by looking forward and creating something new – a Haute Couture show as tribute to our collective brand’s history. For us, Haute Couture is like a laboratory for experimentation and pure creation, and a place to where we always wanted to return. Having been in a meditative, reflective mood – we visualized this by creating 20 conceptual outfits that – when combined on stage – create one new piece: a tableau vivant of a Zen Garden. We felt this was a beautiful symbol of mindfulness, serenity and gratitude”, said Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.
The 20 looks are executed entirely in a black, technical silk and manipulated in various ways to create the effect of a stone-surface. Every girl in the tableau vivant takes on a different pose and each piece is designed specifically for this posture. This conceptual approach to pattern cutting and designing results, when standing straight, in new volumes and drapes. Extra-large zippers rendered in metal are the only visible, functional accessories on the garments: all closures are executed with magnets. Key pieces in the collection are comprised of articulately hand-crafted miniature piping, made to resemble stylized grass. This labour intensive technique is used as an embroidery, partially or entirely covering garments. All looks are paired with flat, roped sandals, also in the same fabric as the garments.
Fashion designers. stylists, make up artists, photographers, singers and dancers, in a Madwalk frenzy last night. Here I present you backstage photos of the participants at this year’s Madwalk, Dimitris Petrou, NatarGeorgiou, DeuxHommes, Sotiris Georgiou, Madame Shoushou, Stelios Koudounaris, Apostolos Mitropoulos with the jewelry of Mimika Ciboyianni and Konstantinos Melis by Laskos. More to follow pretty soon, plus a special feature of DeuxHommes, whom I had the luck to follow step by step during the preparation.
My love for DeuxHommes -not only for their work but also the designers themselves- is brighter than the sun ever since I first met them back in 2004. So when I was asked by Miss Bloom (you can read here the full articlein greek) to undertake the full coverage of their upcoming catwalk show for Madwalk 2013, I thought this job had my name written on. This is just a first teaser of what to expect next week, a collection where delicate guipure lace meets with PVC and high-tech neon fabrics, in a game of depth and surface.
I have so many things to show you regarding the “Couture Action Heroine” of the designing duo but we will have to wait a few more days.