Dutchmen Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are the only conceptual designers on the couture calendar. Each season, the designers, who no longer produce ready-to-wear collections, delve deep into their psyche to bring to life unconventional and extravagant creations, to the delight of press and Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, where several of their pieces ultimately end up.
For Spring 2016, Viktor & Rolf produced a collection inspired by cubism—an early 20th century avant-garde art movement characterized by disassembled objects and pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque—in white cotton pique. Perhaps it is because the designers chose to feature the collection to the strains of Radiohead’s debut single “Creep,” or maybe it is because the entire collection was featured in a clinical white hue, but it was all incredibly eerie. The lyrics “I don’t care if it hurts, I want to have control, I want a perfect body,” have sadly, never rung more true. A collection for the times, indeed.