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Viktor & Rolf

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The duo behind Viktor & Rolf interpreted the idea of “cutting back” for the recession in their own unique way — by taking a chainsaw to the powder puff ball gowns of fashion’s past. Imagine Molly Ringwald showing up for the prom in one of their topiaries of pastel tulle, sliced in gravity-defying angles and with Swiss cheese holes drilled straight through. The creative exercise was not without merit — blazers with Elizabethan-style ruffs adorning the sleeves and pencil skirts with ruffles at the hips presented a more accessible vision. An undercurrent of Japanese inspiration also grounded the collection, with smaller-scale eyelets decorating kimono-sleeved blouses and lace insets with climbing-blossom motifs embellishing fluid tap pants. The duo’s trademark tuxedo detailing made an appearance in form of robe-like jackets, shirt-inspired handkerchief skirts and deep V-shaped lapels. No matter how off-the-wall their ideas, a superior show of craftsmanship prevailed, and their usual brand of arty irreverence made for an entertaining collection that is sure to inspire the fashion vanguard.
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