Forget Ready-to-Wear, Viktor & Rolf’s A/W ‘11 collection was more Ready-for-Battle.
The audience was transported to the Middle Ages as a drawbridge dropped to the floor and an army of red-faced warriors was released. They marched down the catwalk to pumping militaristic music, dressed in a form of modern armour.
The Dutch designers’ inspiration lay in medieval symbolism - knights, crusaders and uniforms – reflected in graphic tailoring made from felted wool, exaggerated by high collars and protruding shoulder pads. Black trousers had red officer stripes on the side seams while sleeves were stiff with pleated ruffles like serrated knives. Next, came rose-motifed sweaters and draped shifts adorned with black crosses fit for a spot of jousting, followed by silver origami dresses with sharp, metal-like edges.
Admittedly, the fierce designs were more suited to stomping off the catwalk and onto a battlefield than a red carpet, but it wouldn’t be any wonder if they really could make La Roux, who sat on the show’s FROW, entirely bulletproof.
- Jessica Vince