Viktor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture. Image credit: Caspi Kofi for Victor & Rolf

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren – the imitable duo behind Viktor & Rolf – have a knack for creating pieces that feel larger than life, and this season’s Fall/Winter 20/21 collection was certainly no different. Even now, in the face of a global health pandemic, the pair dug deep creatively, dreaming up a series of looks that more or less reflected the times – a silken night dress (because fancy pyjamas are now a form of sartorial currency), romantic duvet-inspired dresses (with love-heart shaped pockets, no less), and a playful pink coat that occupies so much space, it would be impossible to not adhere to social distancing measures whilst wearing.

Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture. Image credit: Caspi Kofi for Victor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture. Image credit: Caspi Kofi for Victor & Rolf

There were glitter trims and winking emojis – all adding a little humour back into what is, to be quite blunt, a pretty dark time for the fashion industry.

Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture. Image credit: Caspi Kofi for Victor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture. Image credit: Caspi Kofi for Victor & Rolf

“Haute Couture AW20 ‘Change’ – This maximalist asymmetric coat in pink and yellow ‘pleather’ with glittery accents has a generous A-line volume that guarantees you will remain in your own safe zone while venturing out into the world,” – Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren

And then there was the beauty details – so bright and beautiful it was a statement all on its own. Swirls of rich pink blush spilled across cheekbones, melting into sunset shades of burnt orange and magenta on the eyes. It was like watercolours had been brushed onto each model’s complexion, while excess pigment had found a home on the lips – a dreamy, washed-out fuchsia that felt subdued but striking, much like the imaginative collection itself.

Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture. Image credit: Caspi Kofi for Victor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture. Image credit: Caspi Kofi for Victor & Rolf

In essence, it was a love letter to the wonder and magic that is couture week. This time around has been different – special, notable, but different. But that didn’t stop Viktor & Rolf spreading light and love.

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