Paris Haute Couture SS15: Viktor & Rolf
Originating from their love of flowers and Vincent van Gogh's iconic countryside paintings, creative directors Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren's presented a raw and extreme Haute Couture collection in Paris tonight.
Asymmetrical dresses came out with ruffled sleeves and exaggerated volumes, as well as straw hats that acted as supportive headgear for the dresses due to their gargantuan size. Colourful flower cutouts came off fabrics in beautiful knots, while other floral decorations whimsically hung off the youthful dresses – making the duo's prints come alive.
Similar to Chanel's digitally powered flowers at its Haute Couture presentation this week, the graphic blossoms went from 2D to 3D representations with the help of exquisite handiwork and Vlisco, a Dutch company dating back to 1846 that specialises in batik-style, wax-dyed textiles.
Viktor and Rolf also mentioned being hit by the "raw energy" found in Van Gogh's work, reciting his quote: "I put my heart and my soul into my work and have lost my mind in the process," – and what a romantic yet mad collection this was.