VIKTOR & ROLF RESORT 2013
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s 2013 Resort collection saw its debut in Milan. The Dutch duo took inspiration for their latest line from a year’s-worth of meditation and yoga. Rolf Snoeren’s personal musings over stylish spirituality was named as the catalysts for their enlightened Viktor & Rolf Resort 2013 collection.
Dressed in burnt oranges and with tie-up belts cinching in waits Viktor & Rolf models resembled high-fashion shaolin monks. Viktor & Rolf Resort 2013 saw Hare Krishna meet the runway in a dazzling hybrid of style and sophistication. Elaborate warrior-like sandals added a striking edge to many of the collection’s statement looks.
Viktor & Rolf 2013 was awash with Asian influences from the tuxedo with just one ruffled lapel, the trench coat with Chinese lantern sleeves and the silk-gazar jacket adorned with an enormous bow. Larger-than-life shoulders, metallic fabrics and exaggerated ruching were key staples of the collection.
The designers’ gowns were floor-length and embodied an air of oriental aristocracy; layers upon layers of draped fabric were teed off with jewel-encrusted necklines. Yet, one look made its mark for its apparent connotations with an Arabian warrior; a hooded, full-length, long-sleeved and stark-white dress was a standout piece from the 25-look line.
A luxurious fuchsia made a fleeting appearance in the form of a shoulder-less gown, and a colour-block sash detail on a sandy-orange tuxedo. Trousers featured heavily high-waisted to tailored, wide-legged to slouchy and patterned to plain. Jewellery was amiss as clutches played the part of the statement accessory.
Overall Viktor & Rolf Resort 2013 set out to break down the barriers of hippy-chic spirituality and proved that enlightenment can be glamorous and city-slick. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren’s Resort collection is all about inner strength and they succeeded by injecting an Asian fusion into the season. Viktor & Rolf Resort proved that sleek city style can be turned on its head to create something more powerful.
- Ellen Stewart
- Photos courtesy of Viktor & Rolf