A counterpoint of relaxation versus tension. Viktor & Rolf’s SS15 ‘Bodyworks’ collection takes their Monsieur from office to gym
An interpretation of movement, SS15 Monsieur ‘Bodyworks’ by Viktor & Rolf transitions the man from office to gym. With a collection that is an intelligent hybrid of relaxation versus tension, a jersey blazer is paired with logo sweatshirts, a polo shirt is paired with a smart fine knit jersey and modern tailoring has active wear quirks such as combat pockets on an otherwise traditional suit.
Strong statement pieces are the result of a trompe l’oeil effect that gives the illusion of layering throughout the collection, whilst influences from early 20th century modern art are clear with Cubist prints that cover a denim jacket and a mackintosh, filtering through to scarves and shirts where the pattern takes on a supporting role under a subtly detailed silver-grey dinner jacket. Other details include both shirts and trousers made from contrasting fabric, sewn together like hyper chic patchwork.
A masculine colour card underlines the essence of the collection. Icy blue, pearl grey, and dark aubergine are brightened with highlights of an orange cuff and collar that shine through a super casual waxed pinstripe suit, and head to toe teal makes light of office wear.
The masculine sport/work essence of the collection is finished with a modern interpretation of the classic men’s shoe. Patent leather brogues have a workout gear edge with complimentary rubber stripes running around the sole and smart suits are downplayed with leather high top trainers of the same colour. Monsieur transitions from office to gym with a little help from the dynamic duo, Viktor & Rolf.
Words: Remy Millar