Viktor & Rolf Autumn Winter 2013: Take A Bow

02 March 2013 by

Those fashion provocateurs, Viktor & Rolf were back to old habits this season, offering a new twist on their collective obsession with bows. Be-ribboned knots have long been a signature for the Dutch duo and this time around the designers integrated bows into sleeves, created mini dresses from front and back facing mega-bows and twisted leather to create a striking bow biker jacket.

The femininity of the bow motif was well reflected elsewhere with drop waist flippy minis and Belle De Jour-esque block heels in patent leather. Mackintosh detailing was peppered across low-waisted all-in-ones and in thin buckled straps above the elbow cinching long bell sleeves.

There were also some nifty knits featuring monochrome laurels teamed with quilted, flirty skater skirts and this season's one shoulder trend gained yet another proponent.

But it wasn't all sweetness. Bringing a destructive impulse to their monochrome palette, matching top and jean ensembles were slashed with holes, each of which were covered with fine, gauzy chiffon to reveal the skin below. The holes were then further repaired with chains of barrel beaded cross-hatching stitched across the voids.

That destructive bent was reproduced in the closing dresses where peekaboo cavities were ofttimes left without their patched-up coverings and edged in hyper girly ruffles to create unexpected erogenous zones across the shoulders or at the hip. Feminine but racy, simply elegant but full of rebel spirit, Viktor & Rolf gave us a singular yet retail-friendly vision for A/W 2013.


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