If you own a social media account and follow any fashion related account, I’m sure that you’ve already seen some pictures from Viktor & Rolf Spring 2019 Couture runway show. The designer duo are not usually the ones to steal the spotlight in this way, but their couture show for spring 2019 is bold, ironic and innovative! Let’s have a look:
Viktor & Rolf Spring 2019 Couture
When fashion is balanced between wearability, society and art, the result is often a memorable one. Or so is at least the case for Viktor & Rolf Spring 2019 couture collection. The Dutch duo’s new collection is a reflection of our contemporary time with the use of popular quotes/slogans in the collection. This is not done ordinarily with some simple t-shirt, nope, but with glam maxi dresses. The outcome, as you already can tell, is a pretty interesting one. The collection consist of 17 maxi dresses done in tulle or with other semi-transparent fabrics that are layered. The silhouette is for most part an exaggerated A-line with a majority of the dresses embracing puffy sleeves. Pastels in different intensity and some neon shades are the most common colors, often done in a layered or ombre style. And this is all done with the quotes or symbols being in center of attention.
Thoughts on the Collection
I fully get that the majority of people don’t accept the concept of fashion as an art form. I also get why fashion people also are having trouble with valuing fashion as art, or even further: wear fashion as art. That’s why the couture weeks are always a great opportunity to have the boundaries of fashion being pushed and explored. Couture fashion is perhaps most praised when it’s done in a classic, beautiful and elegant way (think red carpet), which is why it’s brilliant that Viktor & Rolf have made an artsy, ironic, statement out of the “beautiful” fashion. There’s an eclecticism the two have managed to communicate between street style fashion (that is close to social media/the digital society) and refined couture fashion (that is the elitism of fashion). With that stated though, the fashion might not be as wearable or coveted as a “normal” couture collection, but exciting in its own way.
I have three dresses in specific that I would like to highlight. The first one is this white creation. The oversized dress perfectly leaves room for the quote to be fully visible and statement-making. The choice of letting the letters be black comes back to keeping it fairly classic, which is a good choice thinking of all the white. I also appreciate the choice of keeping the sleeves shorts as the visible skin is very much needed to avoid the model drowning in all the fabric. The second dress is this green and pink combination. The dress itself is actually really pretty with that shifting green hue and I can easily see it on the red carpet. What makes it stand out is of course the choice of having the quote in pink as colors works well together. I also love the font used, a subtle detail that changes the interpretation. The third dress is this fluffy white one with the neon green hemline. I mean, that sentence alone is pretty remarkable so the futuristic, yet retro, look of the quote only enhances the memorable look. The layered sleeves are trés chic and shows how stylish it can be to layer in order to create some volume. The neon green hemline creates a distinct contrast which is needed to give the dress its it-factor!
Other dresses I think are worthy of some extra attention is this one in blue with the stripes, this purple one and the first one. All are great in their own way but what they have in common is the exquisite balance of colors, volume and contemporary quotes. Does this mean that the dresses are wearable and through that, sustainable? Not at all. Are they still a valuable input in fashion? Absolutely!
Folks! What are your thoughts on Viktor & Rolf Spring 2019 Couture? Let’s discuss this one in the comments!! Xx