‘Leave me alone’, ‘Go to hell’, ‘I’m not shy, I just don’t like you’, ‘No photos, please’, ‘Believe my I’m a liar, or ‘I want a better world’. These are just a short summary of all the outcries that the Netherlands brand Viktor&Rolf exhibited at the luxury Paris Fashion Week. If someone made you angry, or you just want to vent your negative emotions, you now have the ideal opportunity.
We are used to oversize tulle robes, especially from the luxury Italian brand Giambattista Valli, which is very accomplished in that direction, and it won’t be so easy for any competition! In the case of Viktor&Rolf we’re a bit on the uncomfortable side. If we omit the inscriptions, which really elicit the impression ‘I’m angry with everything and everyone, including myself’ we’re only left a few outfits, which balance on the border between luxury art, and punishment-worthy kitsch.
Frilled dress sleeves are strongly reminiscent of the brand Balmain, and so the whole concept of the Haute Couture Spring 2019 seems to us to be a rip off of others’ ideas. Did the luxury brand run out of inspiration?
What we have to commend is the fantastic range of colours, which the designers Viktor&Rolf used in creating Haute Couture. The chosen combination of shades on individual dresses complement each other perfectly.
What judgement will the designers hear from us? When we consider the Haute Couture Spring 2019, we get the impression that we’re looking at 18 gigantic whip cream cakes. But when we think about it, that isn’t such a bad result!
Yes, that is the way to define the most discussed Haute Couture show of Paris by Viktor & Rolf. Madness? For sure.. Art? One could debate on that for hours.
I was most taken by the cute bow dress with three very snappy appliques. ‘Go fuck yourself’. Every one of us has at least a few days in the month, when it’d be fitting to shout this all round. Why not bring this to a silently preparing Prague ball at the Opera. At least you could get down to sensible conversations with interesting people. They aren’t afraid of this kind of exchange.
I rate the rest as a massive stroke of luck, which is for me clearly dominated by the dress ‘Amsterdam’.