Have the dynamic duo run out of ideas or did Viktor & Rolf’s one-trick-pony collection for Fall 2014 Couture have some deeper meaning behind it? For a season driven by skill and craftsmanship, the Viktor & Rolf runway was sorely lacking. While their synthetic, low-pile carpet was supported with an interior structure of technical mesh, the looks still fell short of displaying couture-quality technique. The show opens with ruby red dresses tied up in the duo’s signature bow. There is wit to literally taking the red carpet and making it into “red carpet attire” and then setting the whole show against a red carpet, but this really only works as the denouement to a show. It doesn’t work for all 22 looks. Yet, Viktor & Rolf persevered through a mountain of red carpet fabric, tying it into different shapes, making a mock-up animal print out of it and presenting it in a variety of dress styles (minidress, gown, halter-neck, etc.). While most designers build their shows to a glorious crescendo, or have clear demarcation points between styles, Viktor & Rolf held a single note for their entire presentation. What would have helped them tremendously is some variety.
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