Vintage pieces, including items from Viktor&Rolf's own archive, are used as a starting point for elaborately decorated garments for its new couture collection

by team Paris Social Diary, photography by Courtesy of V&R | 7 July, 2016

Urban, Patchwork, young and fresh but still Couture were key words.

Viktor&Rolf’s Couture Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is created using select fabrics and garments from past seasons.

Starting from scratch, fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren use mementos from a multitude of past collections as a basis for their new creations: Recycling is used as a means of expression rather than a goal in itself, reflecting a thoughtful attitude and a focus on conscious designing.

Fabrics are torn, mixed up and woven by hand to create new voluminous shapes and textures. Also, embroideries consist of dense, organic mixtures of repurposed buttons, beads and crystals.

Garments are crafted with a primitive approach to design. Ideals of Haute Couture craftsmanship are applied to techniques such as weaving and collage, emphasizing an exaggerated deliberately “handmade” aesthetic.