The Viktor & Rolf Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection got unveiled during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on July 3, 2013, being the first couture line of the legendary luxury fashion house after a 13-year absence from the couture catwalks. And the return to the stage was marked by black, which may symbolize sorry and sadness, yet it’s definitely the timeless color of elegance and classiness, which gets an absolutely stunning interpretation by Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren. Despite its minimalism and simplicity, the Viktor & Rolf Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection is definitely one of the most daring and awesome lines launched during the Couture Fashion Week this season.
Twenty looks make up the Viktor & Rolf Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection, which categorically says ‘no’ to all rainbow colors, all embellishments and prints, going for black only, spongy technical silk and organic shapes. Overall, the show was organized the way to resemble the Zen garden at the Ryōan-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan. For this, the models were moving extremely slowly, lost in those black designs that made them look like stones, as seen in the famous garden.
It took the designers 1000 hours to create the marvelous Viktor & Rolf Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection, which seems to have “no beginning and no end. We want it to look as if it’s grown,” as Horsting stated. And although you may think it impossible to create an entire couture line from nothing else but the black color and silk, they did it really masterfully, bringing totally different shapes, from S-curved dresses, narrow capes and coats to tops and tunics with polo collars. Surprisingly, there was only a single big bow used as an embellishment to adorn these dresses, and as Horsting put it, “One bow won’t hurt.”
The message of the Viktor & Rolf Couture fall/winter 2013-2014 collection was far not in the designs. As the designer duo revealed during the show, couture means abstract, one-of-a-kind ideas for them. Apparently, their ideas found their owner, since half the collection got immediately sold after the show to an unnamed art collector!
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