Runway Review: Viktor & Rolf

Serving up a collection of their dramatic, sculptural shapes in a palette of spring peaches, lemon yellow, and pastels alongside summer whites, pairing athletic stripe details with romantic pleats, ruffles, and folds, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren kept it avant garde and on point for SS15.  Floral babydoll dresses seemed ready for MoMA’s next garden party, skater skirts proved their staying power into next season, and asymmetrics added just the right amount of drama and whimsy.

The collection stood in playful juxtaposition with the backdrop, the Dutch Ambassador’s classically elegant Parisian residence, with the tune of Olivia Newton-John’s 1980s power pop hit ‘Physical’ drawing extra attention to the tailored biker shorts layered beneath dresses and with structural blouses. Upswept hair and dewy glows kept the focus on the femme of the florals, sheer organza, and ruching details. The sporty-romance balance was bold and contemporary, and what else would you expect from the duo who never fail to make the art of the overstatement wearable.

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Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.