Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf’s latest stunt has divided fans, with some labelling their haute couture show as a “joke” and “madness”. To launch their Spring Summer 2023 collection, the designers sent 18 ballgowns down the runway at Paris Fashion Week.
While some of the dresses were a simple, elegant A-line style, the design duo mixed it up by dressing some models in an unusual way. One dress appeared to be walking by itself, floating a few inches in front of the model, dressed in a skin-coloured bodysuit.
Another model walked down the runway blind, wearing an ‘upside down’ dress covering her entire head and torso with just her arms and legs visible.
Attendees also saw dresses attached sideways and slightly askew, with another dress looking like it was going through a model’s torso.
After Vogue Magazine shared a video of the runway show on Instagram, the comment section was flooded with people who didn’t like the fashion show at all.
“Fashion week is becoming a circus,” one person wrote.
“And the point of this ridiculously stupid outing is what exactly?” another asked.
“This is the dumbest thing I’ve seen in a long time,” a third chimed in.
“Ridiculously awful. Not a fashionista but they couldn’t have come up with something I aspire to buy? Even the models look uncomfortable. Maybe that’s the point. Idk,” remarked a fourth.
However, multiple people defended the designer’s vision and said that they “loved” the show.
“Haute Couture is supposed to make us think! If everything shown in Fashion week was supposed to be wearable and practical, we’d miss out on so much innovation and art. I think this line is so fun and cheeky!” one person gushed.
“Why am I alone in loving this? It’s meant to be surreal! It’s Couture! This feels so fun and fantastical to me, no one is supposed to WEAR it lol, I love it and feel alone in the comments lol,” another added.
“I love it! I view this as fine art, walking sculptures. It’s incredible what they’ve done here. I would 100% watch a documentary about the making of these pieces,” a third wrote.
“I think it’s just a form of expression mixing art and clothing, obviously it will not be wearable but it is really interesting to watch all the efforts and details they put in those creations, and the creativity,” another agreed.
Viktor & Rolf are known in the fashion world for their playful and unique designs, with the pair previously presenting similar ballgowns with cutouts in 2010.
“With the credit crunch and everybody cutting back, we decided to cut tulle ball gowns,” Rolf told Vogue Runway. The fashion designers chopped one dress in half, while another had a perfect circle taken out from the middle of the tulle.
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