Okay, so we all know runway shows get a lot of shit for creating stuff that no one would ever wear in real life. I feel like Viktor & Rolf knew that, and just wanted to play with our minds a little. Make us think one thing and then just totally turn it on it’s head. Keep in mind though this was the “Couture” collection, which is always inherently more crazy than the “Ready-To-Wear” collection. For obvious reasons, I mean, it’s in the title yo.
So let me start you off slowly, kindly, ease you into it. Exactly like Viktor & Rolf did.
She kind of looks like an nurse who took inspiration from the inner minds of her mental patients, and sewed a weird ass face onto her uniform. It’s a little quirky, a little out-there, but no one is gasping in disbelief quite yet. And look, I honestly wouldn’t look twice if Kate or Rooney Mara wore this to a thing. It’s edgy enough to fit their quota.
It’s essentially lulling you into a false sense of security. Just remember, that I’m showing you these in the order that they appeared on the runway. That was the first outfit those in the front row saw as well, so their experience and emotional rollercoaster will be quite similar to yours.
Outfit number 2 down the runway.
It’s the same base, retro nurse outfit all over again, but more 3D sections. More face on body. More strange Picasso inspirations. It’s a little wilder, but you could still almost see some of the more eccentric celebrities giving it a shot. Diane Kruger, I call upon you?
Third outfit down the runway, and you can see the development. The fore-shadowing is strong, and you can feel the unease starting to creep up your spine.
I could continue in this vein for quite a while, but I think you kind of get the gist and I don’t want to bore you. I mean yes, this outfit does have boob cut outs on the skirt, but that’s only going to entertain us for about 20 minutes or so, so instead let me skip ahead to outfit number 19.
I’M SORRY WHAT. WHAT. IS THIS A FASHION RUNWAY OR A REALLY SCARY NIGHTMARE IN WHICH I’M STUCK IN AN ART MUSEUM OVERNIGHT AND ALL THE PICTURES COME TO LIFE. ESSENTIALLY “NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM” EXCEPT WITH THE MONA LISA INSTEAD OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT.
Seriously imagine that thing chasing you down a really wide, echo-y hallway?
In all seriousness though, that is some HELLA impressive construction. I don’t know how that thing (that “thing” being the clothing itself, not the probably very scared model underneath) is doing what it’s doing, staying so stiff and so upright, whilst having no obvious points of support? In the name of art it’s actually decently cool, but in the runway context it really just makes me consider the meaning of life. Is it all just a joke? Do celebrities actually buy high-end label runway creations, or do they just donate money to them so they can continue to create ridiculous stuff and entertain the whole world with their insane offerings? This is a real philosophical moment, you guys.
Have a quick browse through some of the other crazy-end outfits.
I couldn’t really say that I had a favourite out of this show, cause it’s really all just varying levels of WTF. And I wouldn’t even wear the most tame out of the lot. So let’s just appreciate this for what it is; bloody psycho.
Will we be seeing these looks on the red carpet this year? I’ll let one of Viktor & Rolf’s very own designs from back in 2007 answer that question for you.
All these pictures and more can be found at the Vogue Magazine’s section on the stylist, just click here.