Obviously, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have a long time obsession with the red carpet issue and the celebrity cult of our times. Since couture fashion is usually displayed on various red carpets around the world, for their Fall 2014 Haute Couture show, designers decided to resume the topic shifting perspective in a paradoxical way. The outcome is a collection entirely made out of red carpet or similar fabrics.
To use a visual gag as a starting point for a fancy collection became already a Viktor & Rolf signature concept. The fabrics wrapped around the body recall the image of a Scarlett O’Hara using a curtain to improvise a new outfit. Technically speaking, I guess that was not the easiest thing to do. Anyhow, the well crafted dresses, apparently spontaneously folded, draped and knotted in exaggerated V & R bows should be rather considered as conceptual art pieces. It is hard to imagine someone wearing them at a red carpet event, it would be pleonastic.
Viktor & Rolf Fall 2014 Haute Couture/ images via style.com
Isn’t she fabulous?
Interview with Michèle Lamy by Sofia Tchkonia.
While uniforms in general (military, school or even corporate uniforms) remain fascinating in everyday life and a continuous source of inspiration for fashion designers, certain individuals (from Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Pernet to the Daft Punk guys) lead the concept to another level, creating their own personal uniforms.
As Rick Owens confesses in a GQ interview: ”… I have twenty of the same thing, I wear the same outfit every single day. I can’t imagine having to choose clothes in the morning. It would drive me crazy. I mean, I found one thing I like and then I probably have twenty of it. I change it a little bit every year, maybe, but it’s basically the same thing”.
Wearing an uniform (the same outfit day by day, only with slightly changes) is definitely a fruit of self-discipline. Especially when it comes the world of fashion – an elitist tribe of glitz and glam, it’s not easy to stand out of the crowd. Perhaps the ultimate extravaganza is to find a restrictive, distilled personal formula, blend with it, achieving an iconic look. Sometimes this could be a lifelong project. But I guess it worths.