Sunday, May 29, 2011

Battle For The Sun By Viktor&Rolf


Fashion often presents us with other worlds and alternative realities, but design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have created their own galaxy for autumn/winter 2011. In it, scarlet-faced warrior queens march out to do battle, in preparation for a war against beauty, to a soundtrack of ratcheting drumbeats and soaring strings."We were compelled to create an army," they explain. "An army to battle for beauty. A crusade to communicate our passion for fashion. What emerged is a sharp, graphic approach to tailoring; strong fabrics such as heavy felt, bonded suiting, sculpted leather and tuxedo wool were softened and crafted into pieces fit for our battlefield."In this exclusive film for AnOther, director KT Auleta captured models as they exited from backstage onto the catwalk in Paris last month, and focused on the dramatic red visages created for the show by make-up artist Pat McGrath. "This developed alongside the concept of the show," the designers add, "which was Battle for the Sun. Pat is always able to translate a concept into a real, beautiful reality."From shimmering, iridescent cheekbones to shaded eye sockets and feathered, flicking lashes, McGrath's red face-paint is more than merely a matte base; it is both textured and flat, characterful and homegeneous. And it suits the autumn/winter collection in its duality: these are clothes which are both strictly tailored and soft, graphically imposing yet whimsical in places."We wanted the clothes to look like modern armour," says Viktor & Rolf. "Powerful silhouettes, fortified fabrics, bold colour contrasts and, above all else, triumphant beauty. We also wanted to illustrate a powerful facial statement that was aggressive yet beautiful at the same time."












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