Sports and fashion have enjoyed a long relationship, but rarely do they ever meet in as fun and covetable a way as on Viktor & Rolf’s Spring/Summer 2015 runway. This new version of sportswear paired workout gear like bike shorts and track pants with extravagantly constructed tops made from a bizarre mix of asymmetrical pleating, draping, and paneling. Springtime florals were crumpled and stitched into voluminous silhouettes that expanded from the body and were balanced with skintight shorts and leggings. At times, proportions were reversed, with the top part of the outfit becoming fitted – think tank tops with intersecting double sleeves – worn with full skirts for a ballerina silhouette.
At times, the construction of the tops was so haphazard that the average shopper might assume they’d been stitched wrong. Yet, the pretty pauses provided by simple babydoll tanks, relaxed trousers, and oversized slip dresses helped save the more obscure looks in the collection. Viktor and Rolf are reliably “out there” when it comes fashion, but in an industry that’s trending toward a new type of normal (or normcore), their complicated contraptions can seem too elaborate. But to those out there who might find this collection hard to digest, remember that fashion is all about experimentation and fun, and the designers achieved that with their usual disregard for form but a deep respect of function.
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