I came across these images that brought nostalgic memories of two of the greatest, most dynamics minds in fashion. The Dutch duo, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren had, as usual, a subversively mind-blowing show last October, their non-traditonal take on men's shirts, and the countless possibilities it can take form was a manifestation of their frebrile minds and creative genius. I know the collection at times seemed hard to wear, but I'm sure the collection will be commercially tweaked, at the same time, I don't see Lady Gaga complaining. 

The first two images were part of Glamcult magazine, as a tribute to V&R. The shots were taken by photog Barrie Hullegie and features model Sophie Vlaming. When I peeped at the first photographed, I immediately made a connection to their Spring/Sumer 2010 collection, the chainsaw-like side cut of the tulle dress just gave it away. How could you miss it? The shot seemed to have taken place at one of their enchanted rooms in their magical castle, the main story for their website. The second double image reminded me of their hit Spring/Summer 2009 collection where they chose a more intimate format to showcase their offerings. They hired supermodel Shalom Harlow, dressed her in every look and shot a continuous runway video. The result, genius. The third photo, not part of the magazine, was found in the casualties of online browsing. The photo was taken by Gabriel Moginot, featuring model Jolanta. I love the irreverence of it, fuck you attitude. The mutilated fur coat, part of their Fall/Winter 2008 collection, singled-handely made PETA members chafe their teeth and ensued their altruistic anti-fu campaigns (shocking!). I thought this was one of their most controversial moments for sure, but I commend them for taking a stand on what they believe. I remember during backstage interviews, they were explaining that the word "NO", theme of the collection, was their stand on the rapidity fashion seems to become irrelevant. In less than six months, a dress is not deemed stylish, gets thrown in the "out" pile, and a new set of clothes get in the picture. If they wanted their customers to keep these clothes forever, or at least be pass down to their offsprings, these accouterments must elicit a flair of classicism that would remain relevant tomorrow, or ten years down the line. The last adjective I would use to describe their work is "classic", that doesn't make them great, but essentially, this was an exemplification on how fashion can be the ultimate non-verbal communication conductor. 

Their Spring/Summer 2009 show had a vibe of Willy Wonka in Mexico via the Philippines. That's a compliment.  

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