Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 14: Viktor & Rolf
A red carpet moment
"A meditation on a cultural phenomenon," Rolf Snoeren said before the show, who enlisted a group of percussion students, along with fellow designer Viktor Horsting, to perform a clapping piece as the designers paraded their newest red couture collection.
The Dutch designers sourced the synthetic carpet from a factory in Holland – replacing the usual stiff backing with a technical mesh. The designers 22 looks consisted of wrapped, knotted and draped carpeted outfits, turning an interior element into beautifully crafted minidresses, structural capes and off-the-shoulder coats.
"It's our idea of what the red carpet should be," Snoeren said of the unique collection.
Minus the protruding bows, many of the wearable pieces featured embroidery, as the designers used small tufts of carpet arranged in spots which replicated wild cats. "We like the idea of animal prints because it's so primal glamour," Snoeren stated.
The design duo also unveiled their latest collaboration with Swarovski, including bangles and rings with most of the jewels covered in light-absorbing flocking.