Viktor&Rolf’s Haute Couture Spring 2016 collection was a wild one. Just how did those models manage to get down the runway? The Dutch design duo is known for their penchant for what they call “wearable art,” and they gave up ready-to-wear a year ago to focus on their loftier ideas. This season the idea on which they based their couture collection was actually something pretty simple: the polo shirt. The dress shirt idea has been a major theme on runways since Spring/Summer with brands like Monse and Jacquemus reworking the traditional wardrobe staple. Here the designers focused on the even more common polo and gave it a most uncommon treatment in dresses that were essentially sculptures.
But despite booming sales from their always-blossoming perfume business, the designers decided they might dip their toes back into the more commercial side, with a small limited-edition capsule collection based on the ideas from their couture show. The collection ranges from roughly $866 for a polo shirt to $3,032 for the polo dress at current exchange rates. There are three styles plus a brooch for purchase in a limited quantity of 100 pieces (see styles below).
“For us, Haute Couture is our primary means of communication, a laboratory for expression,” said Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. “Creating wearable art inspired us to develop an exclusive capsule collection with the intention of making our art wearable.” Find the collection on Moda Operandi, avialable for pre-order on January 30.