Viktor and Rolf’s New Yang

Viktor & Rolf’s Spring 2010 collection featured a hot pink tulle ball gown with a bite taken out of it and a purple ruff collar to make Queen Elizabeth blush. Not to imply that such a look wasn’t an instant classic, but the Parisian designers have also taken on some staple looks with a soon to be launched capsule collection of five black cocktail dresses.

“Viktor & Rolf Black Dress” sounds simple, but then V&R set out to reinvent the LBD entirely. The looks are heavy on their use of illusion netting and drooping bows. But Miss Havisham, they’re not. All of the garments are cleverly conceived. Some employ hand embroideries, while others rely on ingenius trompe l’oeil tailoring. Timeless was due for an update.