Sporting the designer’s iconic strong glasses the Viktor & Rolf appeared from yet another Piet Paris designed backdrop. Inspired by one of Jules Verne’s stories they wore skinny suits and heavy outerwear. The fall winter color palette (of greys & blacks) might have been a little somber; the playful prints definitely made up for that. Large letters, large glasses, large shoes and the graphic guy from the backdrop popped up on sweaters, jackets, pants and even one of the bags. Whether the V&R guy is opting for sporty or chic; he’ll have lots of wearable designs to choose from come fall.
Take a look backstage at Viktor & Rolf Monsieur ss2013, where models are being prepared for the show, last minute alterations are being made to the clothes and dressers get ready. See the show here
The Viktor & Rolf Monsieur ss2013 collection reflects the house’s approach to a smart gentleman, with unexpected twists in detail. Inspired by the vibrant colors and relaxed silhouettes of India, the collection merges a layered, soft silhouette with a traditional sartorial approach. The result is a colorful collection with an elegant, relaxed attitude.
The silhouettes are a combination of summer tailoring layered with light, easy pieces. Colorful tunics peak out through the range and have a relaxed summer fit. A house classic trench in terracotta is lightweight and unexpectedly lined with the signature spectacles-print, an iconic print for Monsieur.
The tuxedo in summer wool-silk is freshly done in a dove grey resulting in a modern, chic approach to evening wear.
The traditional, western herringbone print is modernly re-interpreted in variations. A palette of salmon and oranges ranging from pale to bright are the highlight seasonal colors against classical contrasts of white, black, midnight and beige.
Composed of a combination of brushed leather, canvas, mirrored leather, or suede, the shoes and bags complement the relaxed elegance of the collection.
It was the first time since Viktor & Rolf introduced their menswear-collection Monsieur in 2003 that the Dutch duo held a show in Paris. It was a small, intimate show with music of one single guitarplayer and totally different from their big womenswear-presentations.
The Monsieur-collection lies close to what the designers like themselves, a mix of streetwear and tailored suits with a touch of the unexpected. For next fall Viktor & Rolf unveiled a refined collection in a dark (mostly black) color palette mixing formal and casual, ranging from quilting and trousers with elasticated cuffs and a focus at the dinner jacket. Splashes of black paint were on the floor but also at trousers, a models’ face and in silver on a T-shirt.The unexpected lies in the layering and mix of different textures and fabrics. Of course the collection has all the ingredients of next fall: the large, comfy cardigan, the suit, the knits, the boots, the grays and the blacks.