Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are known for their theatrics, and this season, their dramatic take on men's sportswear could have the likes of Gaga and Rihanna clamouring over who'll get to wear some Viktor & Rolf lace first. It started simply enough, with the designers taking a riff on the classic men's button-up, and ended with a monstrously proportioned, multi-sleeved wedding dress that would be nearly as wide as most brides are tall.
For those of us who don't have pop concerts to throw, the most wearable pieces from the collection will be the duo's white satin shirt dresses, or perhaps the strong-shouldered blouses and simple trousers. Victorian-lace panels on dresses - of the wedding variety or otherwise - added a touch of the ornate, though among the collection, it was easy to find basic, everyday wear. By that, we mean the pieces that will make it to the shop floor will leave customers able to fit through the door.
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When Viktor & Rolf asked Elly Jackson, better known as La Roux to perform at their menswear show in Paris yesterday they knew what they were letting themselves in for. "She dresses in a masculine way, and she deliberately undermines expectations by doing so, which is why we thought it would be cool to dress her in our men's clothes," Rolf Snoeren explained.
Viktor Horsting revealed that they asked Jackson to bring with her only a keyboard - "we want our men's shows to be very intimate" - adding that the design duo tried to add femininity to La Roux's outfit, however she declined. "We asked her to wear high heels under her suit, but she refused" Horsting said, "We love that".