The conceptual couture of Viktor & Rolf


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.

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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.

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at Viktor&Rolf fashion show

That was the only show that I catched at Tuilleries, since the rest were scattered all around Paris (poor me).

I must say I enjoyed Viktor&Rolf Summer 2013 collection more than last summer’s. More wearable clothes, soft and a bit 80s -many long dresses for next year if you’ve noticed. And is there something with big flowers on clothes? Prada did her own naive version on her collection and Viktor&Rolf adorned some of the garments with big metallic roses.


Soir by Viktor&Rolf

For Winter 2012 Viktor&Rolf present “Soir”, a capsule collection of five evening gowns, with emphasis on cinched-waists and details of lace and fringe.

“The Mary Dress”

An elegant floor-length dress in rich silk satin with draped sleeves and inserted hip bow detail.

Available in black, blush pink, burnt orange and deep emerald

 “The Victoria Dress”

Truly romantic and Victorian, a floor-length volants dress with an embellished crystal bow at neckline.

Available in dove grey, warm burgundy and black.

“The Anna Dress”

A provocative couture dress in a two-tone colour palette – emerald green/black, burgundy/black.

With a bodice composed of georgette and fine tulle and detailed with modern fringe and ruffle embellishments.

“The Catherine Dress”

A sophisticated floor-length evening dress in plush velvet with Victorian high collar, cinched-waist and feminine ruffled sleeve.

In velvet available in blush pink, warm emerald or black; and in silk satin two-tone rose print, available in warm burgundy/black and dove grey/black.

“The Elizabeth Dress”

Playful yet chic – this floor-length crepe silk dress is embellished with bow drape detail from décolletage down.

Available in warm burgundy, dove grey and black.


at Viktor & Rolf ss2012 runway

yesterday after waiting 45 minutes under the burning sun (Paris lives a miracolo of 27 °C in the beginning of October!) we finally got into the Viktor & Rolf show. and if Anna in a Valentino lace dress doesn’t mind the heat, neither do i.


capsule collection: the trench-coat

After the launch of the “White Shirt” and “Black Dress” capsule collection, Viktor&Rolf introduce the “Trench Coat” for Spring/Summer 2012, applying their signature design approach to this iconic piece and transforming it into four unique styles,
with an emphasis on versatility from daywear to eveningwear.

The Doll Trench Coat  in cotton gabardine trench with gathered ruffles and ‘doll-like’ proportions

The Duchesse Trench Coat in satin duchesse with big collar and lapel in special technique that creates a special volume in these details

The Cape Trench Coat in technical cotton in a cape silhouette with accent details in contrast khaki colour way

The Bell Sleeve Trench Coat in cotton gabardine, a short silhouette and bell sleeve


shoe me belt me kiss me thrill me

viktor & rolf summer accessories may seem quite romantic at first site with all those flowers and bubble-gum colors but if you take a closer look this latex-kind of material half of them are made of , something between vinyl and rubber, gives a very weird sensation, something ill and a bit twisted, don’t you think? kinky and thus much more interesting

don’t you just love those zipper bracelets?



V&R 2010-white shirt capsule collection

A classic white shirt is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. To add excitement to this basic but essential piece of clothing, Viktor & Rolfhave designed the White Shirt Capsule Collection: five shirts with the unmistakable Viktor & Rolf signature. The starting point of the design is the classic men’s shirt in white poplin fabric, which is then transformed into a feminine version with soft and elegant tailoring, enriched with details such as bows, draping and ruffles in satin and georgette.