May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren mixed feminine details with animal-inspired elements for a collection they called “Wild Romance.” The designers have been known to play with exaggeration, and they did so here, adding large pleated flounces to tops and dresses and placing self-fabric bows at collars and hips. The animal influences were expressed through prints and materials. An innovative snakeskin jacquard appeared for a standout pair of tailored trousers, and shaggy furs were used for coats. The sole print in the collection was an oversized croc motif. Tuxedos are something of a signature for Horsting and Snoeren. They are often seen wearing them themselves, and they are included in nearly every one of their collections. This season’s versions featured offbeat details, such as flounces, cutouts, and attached cummerbunds. Comparatively restrained, while still maintaining their signature sense of humor, this was one of the best collections the design duo has created in quite some time. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Constructed hourglass / Inverted triangle / Soft volume / A-line / Long and lean
Color: Black / White / Dusty rose / Lipstick red / Heather grey / Chocolate brown
Key Items: Leather peplum jacket / Bow blouse / Tuxedos / Snakeskin jacquard trousers / Croc print dresses
Materials: Bonded leather / Crisp cotton shirtings / Snakeskin patterned jacquard / Matte suitings / Bouyant silks / Two-tone yarns / Shaggy fur / Lace
Print + Pattern: Oversized croc motifs
Details + Trim: Peplums / Exaggerated flounces / Bows / Attached cummerbunds / Gathering
Accessories + Footwear: Jeweled silver bracelets / Croc belts / Bow belts / Wide belts with hardware / Envelope clutches / Disco ball minaudieres / Knee-high boots / Platform pumps
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