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Viktor & Rolf

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PAINT IT BLACK

For their menswear runway debut, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren presented a multi-layered collection inspired by the classic Rolling Stones song, “Paint it Black”. The youthful yet sophisticated presentation presented an interesting meld of preppy and artistic. Painting effects that appeared on woven shirts and ties had a subtle Rorschach effect, while the combination of inky blue and black continues to be a key palette on the men’s runways. Pleated pants tapered to a ribbed cuff, stopping short of classic, lustrous shoes. Lightly rinsed jeans sported tiny embroidered eyeglass motifs, adding just the right touch of preppy whimsy without risking the collection’s forward-thinking message. With an assortment this cohesive and wearable, it might be time for the design duo to get the commercial attention they deserve.

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