Viktor & Rolf Fall 2013: Tied Up With a Bow

We've come to expect pretty out-there and gimmicky stuff from Viktor & Rolf. Remember when the designers painted all their models' faces red? Or whe
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We've come to expect pretty out-there and gimmicky stuff from Viktor & Rolf. Remember when the designers painted all their models' faces red? Or whe
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We've come to expect pretty out-there and gimmicky stuff from Viktor & Rolf. Remember when the designers painted all their models' faces red? Or when every model came out on a conveyor belt?

Well, there was none of that on the runway yesterday when Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren presented their fall 2013 collection. Sure, there were some skinny pants and blazers towards the end of the show that looked ripped apart, the holes filled with bits of tulle and feathers--but for the most part, these clothes were very wearable, and very commercial.

If there was a theme running through the entirely black and white collection it was the bow, a common motif for Viktor & Rolf. Bows were everywhere and not in obvious places: A crinkly mini dress with a large abstract bow in the center opened the show; then came a leather skater skirt with a bow at the side; some structured tops with great big structural bows at the center followed; and a voluminous one-shouldered black evening gown (the only long dress in the entire collection) with a sharp bow at the shoulder closed the show.

The bows lent a sweetness and flirtyness to the collection, two words you don't usually associate with Viktor & Rolf. I was especially smitten with the intarsia knit tops paired with quilted flared leather minis. The designers proved that they can do sweet--and quite well.

Photos: IMAXtree