January 30, 2015

Viktor & Rolf get crafty with Vincent Van Gogh

Filed under: Fashion by Orangemaster @ 1:19 pm


During the Paris Fashion Week 2015, Viktor & Rolf presented dresses with ‘floral patterns and appliquéd petals’ , inspired by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. Models also adorned lots of straw and wheat, evoking the luscious French fields he loved to paint.

The fabrics were wax-dyed and block-printed using a batik technique by Dutch fabric company Vlisco, better known in Africa than in Europe for its very colourful fabrics.

Art collector Han Nefkens has acquired three of the pieces for the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

(Link and photo: www.dezeen.com)

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May 14, 2014

Arnhem will lay you down flat

Filed under: Fashion by Orangemaster @ 3:42 pm


Arnhem has just launched a new city marketing campaign that revolves around its role as a fashion city, entitled ‘Arnhem krijgt jou plat’, which translates to an amusing risqué joke.

‘Getting someone flat’, if you were to translate it literally in Dutch implies ‘laying someone’, as in ‘getting them laid’, and now you can see where I’m going with this. On the one hand, shopping in Arnhem for fashion will tire you out, sort of ‘shop till you drop’ thing, but on the other, if Arnhem can ‘get you vertical’, then their city marketing has done its job well.

The idea is that you can study fashion in Arnhem at ArtEZ, there’s the fashion quarter in Klarendal featuring many shops by up and coming designers, there’s the Fashion Festival Arnhem in the summer, and more. World famous Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf both met and studied in Arnhem.

(Link: www.adformatie.nl, Photo by Amsterdam copywriter Remco Janssen)

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October 8, 2009

Viktor & Rolf’s credit crunch couture

Filed under: Design by Branko Collin @ 8:36 am

Viktor & Rolf make cheeky fun of the crisis by taking a chain saw to the tulle of their 2010 Spring and Summer collection. Style.com has the whole story + more photos.

You really ought to see that second dress against a dark background.

(Source photos: the viktor-rolf.com video of the show)

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November 25, 2008

Viktor & Rolf’s million dollar doll house

Filed under: Fashion by Branko Collin @ 8:32 am

Today “The House of Viktor & Rolf” opens in Centraal Museum in Utrecht, a retrospective exhibition of Dutch fashion design duo Viktor & Rolf. Apart from presenting many of the pieces the prolific pair produced in the past, the exhibition also contains a huge doll house with dolls dressed in the deft duo’s drag. The dolls wear exact miniature replicas of the original looks “as presented back then at the shows in Paris.”

According to RTL Nieuws (video, Dutch), the doll house took two years to complete. The clothing for some of the dolls took more time to make than the original designs. The house + dolls cost 1.7 million euro, but after the exhibition has completed its tour of Utrecht and New York, the museum can have it for the bargain basement price of … 1 million euro.

Says the museum:

In 1998 Centraal Museum was the first museum to buy designs from Viktor & Rolf. Since then the museum has been keeping track of the duo by buying a representative piece from almost every collection. Currently, the museum owns 29 pieces by Viktor & Rolf, a large part of which will be shown at the exhibition.

The exhibition runs from today till February 8.

Photo by Centraal Museum / Peter Stigter, used with permission.

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December 9, 2007

Upside down champagne set by Viktor & Rolf

Filed under: Design by Branko Collin @ 12:45 pm

Must have champers for holidays? Dutch clothes designers Viktor & Rolf came up with this upside down champagne set for Piper-Heidsieck’s Rosé Sauvage.


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