Viktor & Rolf Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on July 10, 2014

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[Photo Credit: IMAXTree]

    • Funkykatt

      Inspired by Wilma Flintstone and Scarlett O’Hara?

      • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

        It’s actually inspired by *wait for it* red carpet. Couture fashion is often featured on red carpets, so V&R were inspired by the carpet itself, naturally. The idea may sound interesting in theory, but as we see here, it looks really bad in real life. What’s next: concrete cocktail dresses?

        • Thomas

          It’s like conceptual art. Just because there’s an interesting or thought provoking idea behind it, that doesn’t mean it’s going to make an interesting or beautiful piece of art.

          • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

            Yes, but while (conceptual) art doesn’t have to be beautiful, fashion needs to be, right? It’s not bad if art is ‘ugly’, but if clothes are ugly that’s very bad. Especially if they cost more than someone’s car.

            • Thomas

              Yes, there’s some “ugly” art that I love! But art needs to be interesting and just because the idea behind a piece is interesting doesn’t make the piece interesting. And yes, fashion does need to be beautiful, even if it’s wackadoo.

            • demidaemon

              I see what you are saying and everything, but these look like someone stitched a fancy bath towel into a weird shape (sometimes, they didn’t even bother with the stitches–see look two), which, to me, is neither art nor beautiful clothing.

            • Thomas

              Oh I wasn’t calling it art. I was saying that like conceptual art, just because the idea behind a piece is interesting doesn’t mean the piece itself is interesting. A canvas entirely covered in blue paint might have a lot of meaning or representation to the artist, but that doesn’t necessarily make it good or interesting art imo.

            • demidaemon

              Oh, I see now. makes a lot more sense. Thanks for the elucidation.

            • Sophie

              At least that blue is a prettier colour to look at! Thank you for explaining this, though.

            • marlie

              Not “art,” not beautiful, not creative, interesting or innovative. A fail all around.

          • FuhUgh

            And why do we need so many versions of the same knotted red bathmat dress?

        • StrandedFashionista

          That is a really interesting concept. I’m trying to think of a way that one could make these dresses work, and apart from turning the ‘carpet’ to velvet and completely redesigning them… I can’t think of any.

          • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

            This collection is just not flattering. And these girls are models.

        • Sarah

          Is it my monitor? Because these look like rusty carpets. Which seems like someone’s horrible redheaded porn name, now that I think on it.

          • demidaemon

            I thought they looked like bath towels. Rusty bath towels, but bath towels.

            • uprightcitizen

              Exactly. Who knew when we were kids playing around with our towels after our baths, that we were all creating couture? This isn’t just silly … it’s LAZY and silly.

            • demidaemon

              If I had known that, I could be a rich fashion designer now! Or, at least, on Project Runway.

            • random_poster

              No. I think that even a designer on Project Runway would recoil in terror if they sent this out.

            • Dorothy & Michael n/a

              My thoughts exactly – LAZY was the first thought that came to mind.

            • conniemd

              My thought was they ran out of the house stark naked because of the fire and their next door neighbor gave them a big rust colored bath towel to cover up with.

            • Terri Ellis

              Not towels, but bath mats. The cheap kind you find at WalMart that shed fuzz nonstop. I can’t imagine how much rusty red fuzz was everywhere backstage.

          • FrigidDiva

            “Rusty carpets” hit my funny bone at work and now I’m trying explain why I’m sitting here snorting. It’s a good thing it’s Friday.

        • alyce1213

          I think it’s a silly inspiration, especially if you’re giving it no more than a literal treatment. Where’s the creativity? Nowhere. What’s the point?

          • http://vispreeve.tumblr.com/ Den Milano

            I agree with you.

      • Glam Dixie

        And one appears to have been inspired by Tony the Tiger.

      • Matt Kaler

        Yabadabadoo time.

    • Alyssa

      Spa couture? I’m going to pass.

    • LadyCelia

      Muppet Snuggies.

      • smayper

        I thought snuggles too! They are fugly, but they look comfy- so hey. At least they aren’t ugly AND viciously uncomfortable, like so much fashion I’ve seen! (hoof shoes)

    • SewingSiren

      Flattering.

    • Bad Idea Jeans

      Bathmats, towels, shower curtains. Oh my.

      • Amanda Welliver

        And Red M&M…

    • Denise Rambo

      It’s the Plushies Collection!

    • Gatto Nero

      Bathtowel bomb.

    • pattyw

      The Jennifer Aniston/Heidi Klum bath sheet collection.

      • Shelby

        Frau Klum wouldn’t be CAUGHT DEAD in these towel-dresses.

      • Aldona Dye

        I can’t wait for Jennifer Aniston to wear the second one-you know, the one that literally looks like a bath towel.

        • Lower L

          My thoughts exactly! Though doesn’t she usually go for shiny or sparkly?

          • Aldona Dye

            Yeah, and flesh-toned. Darn. If only she had a sense of humor about her fashion….

    • oatmealpie

      Viktor Rolf recently acquired all of his late aunt Mildred’s bathroom linens.

    • smayer

      Oy.

    • http://andreabloggt.wordpress.com/ wassernixlein

      Bath Towels? *lol*

    • Zeee

      WTF did I just see? Have they just given up? Maybe they slept too late and had to improvise? Ummmmmm, this bath mat! This can be the collection!!!

      • Gatto Nero

        I just can’t.
        Does anyone take this seriously?

      • evave2

        I am just a person who is looking at this, could never afford it, but I am actually offended. Like, they think I should GET IT. But I don’t. And I agree, it looks like backstage at some kid’s show where the clothes did not make it so they improvised. I just feel weird looking at it.

    • hughman

      You had ONE job!

      • Ginmaru

        And that was to make towel animals to put on the BEDS in the hotel room!

        • hughman

          With the WHITE towels!

          • Ginmaru

            The HAND towels!

            • hughman

              And stop eating the soap!

            • Ginmaru

              I love you. Full stop.

            • smayper

              I love all of you. Best thing to read at my desk all week.

    • ilovecupkates

      Creatively tied bathmats and house slippers?

    • Carleenml

      People srsly sat through this and applauded? The Emperor Has no Clothes comes to mind.

    • marlie

      Bathmat chic? I don’t think so. There are a couple of pieces that might have potential, but the rest is a whole lot of “NO.”

    • Mark Anast

      What. The. Fuck.

    • Heather

      So this is the droopy terry cloth collection?

    • Janice Bartels

      How…absorbent?

      • http://andreabloggt.wordpress.com/ wassernixlein

        perfect for rainy weather? ;-)

    • Jennifer Bober

      What’s with the bath sheets?

      • Imasewsure

        No no the sheets are for their BRIDAL collection, dear…. this is the towel collection for fall of course

    • charlotte

      Oh, a plush towel! And another one…and another one. With bows. Oh my.

    • alyce1213

      Now I’ve seen it all. This is their couture collection?

    • NMMagpie

      This actually makes the Snuggie look chic.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      No wonder the models look like they’re only moments way from throwing themselves off a bridge. This is awful.

    • Kirstin McAulay

      at least there would be an explanation for yoga/shower hair?

    • StrandedFashionista

      Models of color would have made these looks sing- if nothing else the reds would have popped against a darker skin tone than these pale models.

      • Lower L

        There were two models of color. And neither made her tied-at-the-shoulder terra-cotta bathmat sing. Probably because they were tied-at-the-shoulder terra-cotta bathmats.

        • StrandedFashionista

          Wow. It shows how much these dresses don’t register when I don’t even notice the models or their looks.

      • Aldona Dye

        I think the only song these garments can sing is, “Use me to dry off after you shower!”

    • Shelby

      What. The. Fuck. It’s towels by way of the Flinstones. We’re being trolled.

    • carrie

      What the fuck.

    • Angel Ratliff

      Wait… are bath mats a thing now? I need to revisit the JPG post to scrub this from my brain.

    • Thomas

      Now we’ve officially seen everything. Terrycloth Bathrobe Couture coming to stores near you.

    • homofascist

      Hideous but GOD DAMN how fabulous would I feel drinking my tea in the morning in one of those?

    • Sarah

      I am suddenly longing for a long, hot shower.

    • http://www.chifleschips.com Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

      I can see it now…the next show coming to your local Bed Bath & Beyond. Grab your 20% off coupon!

    • MW

      Oh dear.
      Also, what’s with the MASSIVE SHOES?

    • Amanda Welliver

      Bwahahahahahahha!

    • Darcy H

      Ok but seriously this was a joke right? Or like a psychology experiment? Please tell me that at the end they came out and were like “ahaha you suckers just applauded for the contents of my hotel bathroom!”

    • KT

      Shower chic (?)!

      This is PURE Project Runway unconventional materials challenge.

      • marlie

        This is the designer who was auffed from the unconventional materials challenge.

    • furyleika

      Holy moly, I hated this when I saw it (online) yesterday. I’m so glad to not be alone. The review I read was pretty glowing and I was just like…bath mats! Horrible bathmats!

      • Gatto Nero

        Who wrote the glowing review?

        • demidaemon

          Yeah, I want to know this two. Because they have to be visually impaired in some fashion or being paid, because otherwise, they are batshit crazy.

          • Gatto Nero

            On the payroll no doubt.

            • demidaemon

              Probably.

    • Glam Dixie

      Available at Costco.

    • Kent Roby

      I blame this collection for my over drinking tonight.

      • Sarah

        You need someone to blame? Shoot. I blame…darkness?

        • decormaven

          Blame it on the moonlight.

        • rh33

          Blame it on Mame.

    • Kent Roby

      Bed Bath and Beyond Ridiculous.

    • bunnydiet

      I would love to sit with this designer for 15 minutes and ask him why?

    • RedRaven617

      My blanky!!

    • decormaven

      Punkin.

    • rhône

      of all the haute couture collections this is the one that fucked me up the most. i don’t like it at all but i also find it so weirdly intriguing…wish i could know what was going through their heads when they put this one together. and i admire their commitment to a theme, if nothing else.

      • boweryboy

        understateddiva mentioned in her above post (and you can read more on various fashion websites) that this collection was V&R’s direct response to the red carpet dictating fashion. So, in a brilliant move they created a collection in which the red carpet literally becomes the fashion.

    • MilaXX

      *pours some out for the muppets who gave their lives for this collection.

      • PinkyK

        Ha! Perfect!

      • marlie

        I almost choked on my dinner.

    • PinkyK

      Umm…bath towel chic?

    • MoHub

      So—a collection built on bath towels and bath sheets.

    • evave2

      It all looks like towel fashion. More than half the pieces anyway. I can’t believe it. And it looks like their wearing my red slippers. Other than that I am speechless.

    • imustacheyouaquestion

      Bath towels and Snuggies.

    • Lex

      Bathrobe Couture. Um…No.

    • Ashleigh

      R I D I C U L O U S

    • SugarSnap108

      I’d hate to get caught in the rain in one of these. Or caught living and breathing in one of these.

    • demidaemon

      Bath towel chic.

      This collection depressed the shit out of me. WTH? I hate it, BTW.

    • rh33

      Ooooo. The Plushie Collection.

    • what not

      This is just plain lazy. I mean, really.

    • Moocows

      This is some serious fashion trolling.

    • altalinda

      Somebody ran out of ideas.

    • Miranda Reseigh

      I was just thinking that this could be a Pinterest How-to on creative ways to tie your beach towel.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Never wear a bow bigger than your head.

    • Imasewsure

      I’m so confused… there is that one awesome coat in the middle of all of these bath towels… seriously though they should have put panty hose on the models’ heads too so that they could have had long flowing make-believe braids to go with their make-believe towel-gowns….

    • Kara Keenan

      It’s like a Project Runway challenge based on “things you find at Bed, Bath & Beyond.” Except your ass would be auf’d for half of these outfits.

    • Imasewsure

      Lucy and Ethel punk Ricky and Fred again… V&R… you got some ‘splaining to dooooo!

    • sienna elm

      new takes on the bathrobe? I like a few of the red & orange pieces but some of them look like shower curtains. It’s an ode to the bath, plain and simple.

    • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

      It’s all very “angry pre-teen whose brother stole her clothes at the lake house, so she had to fashion an ensemble from her towel/bath mat so the dreamy son of her dad’s boss wouldn’t see her in the altogether.”

      Things got a little too specific.

    • Trickytrisha

      Meh, to me these look like plush throw blankets in the color that didn’t sell well and are on sale half off, then slashed 30% more. I find the non-styling of the models kinda natural and refreshing, if boring. Speaking of boring… that pretty much sums up the whole collection.

    • Cousin_Rose

      these models are too young to be dressed up like women waiting to be undressed

    • Qitkat

      These will be flying off the shelves of Bed Bath and Boring. The expression on the model’s faces says all we need to know.

    • http://baublesandbubbles.blogspot.com/ Jammies

      If all that was left at Tara was the bath towels and Scarlett needed a new dress, these are what she’d make.

    • titaness25

      God, Gretchen, stop trying to make awkwardly knotted bath-towels happen!

    • understateddiva

      Ha! Kind of a fabulous eff you statement isn’t it? They’re sick of the red carpet dictating what constitutes fashion – so they made a collection where the red carpet has truly taken over! If I hadn’t seen some extraordinary collections from them I’d be rolling my eyes (harder), but I’m happy to laugh with them on this.

      • Dam_Angel

        Thanks for that insight.

        • Gatto Nero

          The insight is interesting.
          I still hate the clothes.

      • boweryboy

        Exactly. When I saw the collection and read their statement I thought it was brilliant.

    • CKMia

      Pure fuckery.

    • KimThore

      So bath towels are in?

    • Paula Pertile

      It has to be a joke.

    • PastryGoddess

      Anyone who wears that fabric will be accused of muppet-cide. But the shapes and silhouettes are fab

    • LeelaST

      This is the unconventional materials challenge for the upcoming season of PR, right? Choose anything in the rust family at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

    • mar

      They’re fashion-forward bath towels.

    • frannyprof

      Snuggie chic. Seriously. What. The fuck.

    • save_the_hobbit

      Oh, this was serious?

    • Loola234

      Plush bath towels

    • thesevenendless

      No. Just….no. Shitty terrycloth bathrobe “couture”

    • leahem

      As Ford Prefect and the Guide says, “A towel is the most important item a hitchhiker could carry.”

    • roche

      In a word, no.

    • RescueMe23

      Some expensive bathrobes and slippers!!

    • quiltrx

      NO. And no. And no.
      I can’t wear either of those colors, so this line is automatically ‘out’ to my mind’s eye.
      Plus, I just can’t with bath towels and bath mats.

    • Sophie

      This is ridiculous. The second look must be the most half-assed piece of “clothing” I have ever seen on a runway picture.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during the meetings for this.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      Thanks…needed this chuckle!

    • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

      Those fuzzy dresses and giant bows make the models look like tiny dolls that someone has made clothes for out of scraps of velvet. Very odd scale!

    • Snailstsichr

      This is so horrid. It looks like Dollar Tree holiday plush gift bags being worn by models who accidentally ran into a secret government shrinking machine. “Honey, I shrunk the runway!”

    • SophieCollier

      An endless parade of towels and napkins. WT everloving F?

    • Columbinia

      This collection says, “We’re lost, we’re utterly lost. We’re doing velour towels and shower curtains — over and over. Please let us go away for a while for a rest, a nice long rest. Some place where we can do a little gardening, some carpentry, we always wanted to farm…. Did we ever tell you about how Uncle Wilhelm died?”

    • webslice33

      Beautiful bath robes!

    • DeidreRobbers

      I keep thinking Pinterest post on what you can do with a towel. No Thankyou…

    • ankali

      Huh. I’m having a surprisingly visceral reaction of disgust and anger here. It’s not that the pieces are ugly (though they are), it’s that the models are styled to look like widdle girls wiv their teddy bears just out of the bath. It’s not just hideous, it’s some weird combination of infantilizing and fetishistic that I find really offensive.

      • boweryboy

        Hmmm… it’s interesting how perspectives differ. I don’t see that at all.

    • Shawn EH

      Is there a Flintstones Musical?

    • sk8tfan

      This gives me a creepy vibe that they are wearing their sugar daddies’ bathrobes.

    • Herr Meier

      the fuck is this

    • Jarethee

      Towel…Couture. I really hope that the runway had air conditioning because this would be rough to have to wear in the summer.

    • Abigail Tyrrell

      is this graduate fashion? cause OMG!

    • Jeremiah Capacillo

      Jennifer Aniston’s getting the bedazzler gun ready.

    • MissusBee

      Perfect for ‘that time’, amirite ladies?

    • Beardslee

      Wow. That was hilarious!

    • Wink

      This collection is killing me… softly:)

    • Dreamwr8tr

      Project Runway Bathrobe & Window Curtain Challenge.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      Who knew I had designer clothing hanging on the back of my bathroom door? I am going to take a photo of my beautiful daughter wearing a bath towel with a large bow, post it on eBay, and entertain offers (for the towel, not the daughter). Good news is, I won’t have to coach her to look too unhappy during the photo session.

    • Miss Ruth

      Cleaning out the lint trap would be a bitch, is all l’m saying.

    • MarissaLG

      YES! Who didn’t “design” dresses with their post-shower towel as a kid?

      (Anyone? Just me?)

    • amf0001

      bathrobe chic?

    • Hermione

      How do these people stay in business, let alone get taken seriously?

      • boweryboy

        Collectors. Their fall couture show from last year consisted of black dresses that, when viewed collectively, formed a zen garden. Half the collection was bought by an art collector minutes after the show.

        • Columbinia

          Also, perfume, some ready-to-wear.

    • Danielle

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Sophia Finfer

      Who knew I was basically a fashion designer every time I wrap a towel around myself after a shower..

    • Captain_Awkward

      Project Runway Orange Towel Challenge!

    • boweryboy

      I love these guys and their intellectual approach to fashion. This entire collection was so meta – red carpet dresses made out of red carpet. How brilliant is that? I also love how V&R are more concerned with art expressed through fashion.

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      This is like the I Love Lucy episode where they wore burlap sacks to mock fashion.

    • Anapestic

      Project Runway blanket draping challenge.

    • vickilu

      Flinstones Spa Collection

    • Innuendo

      Seriously? Bath towels are couture now?

    • Deedles

      You know, it’s Friday, I am jet-lagged and cranky. I’ve seen some truly hideous and amateurish “couture” collections these past two weeks. Can anyone explain to me why this stuff gets a free pass as couture? Most of this wouldn’t render well in normal fabrics, either (see: Dior).

    • kategs

      Well, they’ve run out of coherent ideas haven’t they!

    • smayper

      In addition to all the bath towel horror, it’s GIANT BOW horror. I hate those things, even on otherwise great garments.

    • MK03

      This is a fucking joke, right?

    • aglorios

      Can we please stop tying women in giant bows.

    • Lily

      Just how many ways can you fold up a bath mat?

    • LJCdoc

      I just got lots of new ideas for how to tie up my giant velour bath towels!

    • unbornfawn

      Is it appropriate that I’m laughing at this collection?

    • EEKstl

      I’m sorry…is this a joke?

    • MaggieMae

      Hilarious!

    • Jennifer Schiller

      I give up.

    • ali meowmeow

      I could excuse some of the hideous but I’m really disappointed it’s so one-note. A few seconds after viewing it, The looks have run together so much I can’t remember any specific garment. What’s the use of being a little crazy if you can’t at least be memorable?

    • John11581

      I haven’t read through the (currently) 190 comments yet, so forgive me if I repeat what’s already been said. All I see are bath towels and bed sheets. I’m having flashbacks of when my little cousin used to play dress up while my aunt was folding laundry.

    • anonylind

      After-shower wear.

    • SuzyQuzey

      Repurposed towels and snuggies. No “design” whatsoever. Drunken thoughts come to life.

    • ghopping

      “Sometimes when I run out of towels, I tie my bathmat around me and call it couture.”

    • Linda Leeson

      And you thought the snuggy fad was over…

    • Ruby_Red

      The Project Runway challenge was: You have a bunch of red towels and orange sheets. You have two hours, and you may only tie and glue. No sewing is allowed. The result: this collection

    • ItAin’tMe

      Is Viktor’s and Rolf’s last name Flintstone, by any chance?

    • revlisacat

      Microfleece throw origami — I can even see them standing there with a throw saying, “hmmmm…how else can we tie a bow on this…”

    • joything

      Some look like actual dresses, but for the rest I couldn’t help wondering how many Targets have lost their entire stock of bath towels and bathmats.

    • Almut Weidenprinzessin

      inspired by the red carpet in your bathroom

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      project runway challenge: use the decorator items in your bathrooms to make a couture look in one hour. don’t forget to employ the K_Mart wall of bedroom slippers thoughtfully. like tim gunn, i am concerned…

    • MandyM

      I can’t wait to see someone wear one of these bath rugs in the real world. Want to guess who it will be? Maybe Gaga?

    • http://journal.translarte.de/ Muyserin

      This cracked me up, because while reading the post, I was dressed in a 10 year old dressing gown made of the exact same material. I SWEAR!

    • mare

      wow, I didn’t know bed, bath and beyond were debuting a haute couture collection

    • Tami from Seattle

      Those models have the widest feet I’ve ever seen.

    • Colleen

      Bathrobes.

    • lilazander

      Shower fashion.

    • ellatheingenue

      wait….like literally bath towel couture?? ?