Viktor & Rolf launched their menswear line in 2003 – so don’t call it a comeback! The Dutch duo has always impressed with their quirky designs, but the collections have been low key and slightly kitsch, as proved by their comic and Hawaiian themes a while back. But now – for autumn winter 2010/2011 – Viktor & Rolf seems ready for a bigger audience, hence the catwalk show in their Paris office. The setting was still intimate, which allowed Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren to show off the delicate details of their Paint it Black collection up close.
And quite literally that’s what they have done; shirts, ties and trousers had been spattered in black paint, which made for eye-catching pieces. But also highlighted was the difference between shades of black in matt and shiny, and Lurex versus wool had a similar contrasting effect. The result was still a dark collection, but one that glimmers in the night-time. Midnight Blue shared the stage with wine red and green, often seen in a check print. Other tops had embroidered sequins details. Best described as a Neo Dandy, the Viktor & Rolf man appreciates small but clever details, and this collection catered for his every need.