Rock, paper, scissors. Viktor & Rolf got snippy for its spring/summer 2024 haute couture show. Calling the collection ‘Viktor & Rolf Scissorhands’ it introduced its offering to an eager crowd at Paris’ famous La Sorbonne university, with creative director duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren sending 28 looks down the runway – most of which looked they been put through quite the wringer.
Exploring the humour in opposites, the Dutch brand divided the collection into seven sections, each kicking off with an opulent black gown constructed using staple couture fabrics like velvet and satin. Silhouettes started out grand, equipped with ear-grazing collars and trumpet sleeves, but with each new look, chaos started to ensue. The polished lead garments were slowly snipped and slashed into four entirely new pieces that proudly followed their mother silhouettes. Exploring the unpredictability of spontaneous tailoring, destruction ranged from tattered skirts to dresses that were completely ripped in two.
This season, it seems Viktor & Rolf took pride in cutting corners and doing things in halves. Despite this, each look stayed grounded in glamour, with looks accessorised with Falke stockings that were pulled over thighs and Louboutin heels that propped up ankles.
Photography courtesy of Viktor & Rolf.