Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancing at a fashion show

Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancers perform at a fashion show one day.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.But while Wintour has been to hundreds…

Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancers perform at a fashion show one day.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

But while Wintour has been to hundreds of shows over the years, she is yet to witness a spectacle featuring her favourite dance style.

“I was not at this particular show but my more experienced colleagues tell me that a very early Viktor & Rolf collection featured tap dancers,” she said in an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series when asked by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing what she would like to see at a fashion event. “And since I really, really love tap dancing I would love a designer in his or her show to incorporate nothing but tap dancing.”

Wintour went on to discuss some of her highlights from the recent Fashion Month, and named shell necklaces and hats as two of her top picks.

“My favourite accessory was the shells at Prada. First of all because they were beautiful. Secondly, Miuccia (Prada, creative director) told me they were based on the pearls she wears all the time herself,” the 69-year-old shared. “So, that felt very personal and real to me. And then, because I love gardens, I love the hats (milliner) Stephen Jones did for the Dior show.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller asked Wintour if she has ever lost her suitcase while travelling to Paris Fashion Week and what she did on arrival.

“I have lost my suitcase on countless occasions. But fortunately, I have many friends in Paris that are designers. So, I call them up,” she smiled.

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Christina Aguilera rocks risque Viktor & Rolf dress for Paris Couture Week

Christina Aguilera rocked a risque Viktor & Rolf dress as she attended the design duo’s recent show at Paris Couture Week.The 38-year-old singer wore an oversized tulle trenchcoat from the designers’ spring 2019 collection printed with the message, “F*…

Christina Aguilera rocked a risque Viktor & Rolf dress as she attended the design duo’s recent show at Paris Couture Week.

The 38-year-old singer wore an oversized tulle trenchcoat from the designers’ spring 2019 collection printed with the message, “F**k This I’m Going to Paris.”

Aguilera was in the city as she played her first gig in more than 10 years in the French capital at the AccorHotels Arena.

She hit the Jean Paul Gaultier show first, and arrived in style dressed head-to-toe in a black and white kimono-style outfit designed by the Frenchman himself.

She turned heads in the silk kimono – which was covered with the words “Gaultier” hidden throughout – black corset belt and thigh-high boots, with her hair scraped up into a high bun.

The Genie in a Bottle hitmaker also sported knuckle dusters adorned with the word “Gaultier” across two hands.

Aguilera then made a surprise appearance at Viktor + Rolf’s show wearing the oversized tulle trenchcoat, and cheekily posed for paparazzi, and took a series of selfies as she was sat on the front row.

Joined by her stylist Karen Clarkson, Aguilera was seated next to American singer Poppy, who is a big fan of the iconic popstar.

“I’m going to have to get a picture,” she gushed to WWD. “I think she’s so great.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Miss Fame was also in attendance at the couture show – wearing the “No Photos Please” dress from Viktor + Rolf’s spring 2019 collection – actor Ian Bohen, who was there with his Teen Wolf co-stars, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin.

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Anya Taylor-Joy: ‘Lipstick anchors any beauty look’

Anya Taylor-Joy wouldn’t be seen without lipstick on because she finds a splash of lip colour helps “anchor” any beauty look.The actress has risen up the ranks of Hollywood since appearing in 2015 film The Witch, staring in recent hits Split and fo…

Anya Taylor-Joy wouldn’t be seen without lipstick on because she finds a splash of lip colour helps “anchor” any beauty look.

The actress has risen up the ranks of Hollywood since appearing in 2015 film The Witch, staring in recent hits Split and follow-up, Glass.

Anya is making a name for herself as one to watch on the red carpet too and has now shared that selecting a lip colour is always the starting point for her make-up artist.

“I’m always going to be a lipstick girl because my eyes are really big and I’m really fair, so lipstick anchors it around a solid colour,” she said in an interview with British Vogue, adding that she is a big fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Bond Girl Lipstick, a berry shade with a hint of brown. “When you’ve been – in the space of three weeks – a short bobbed brunette, a redhead and then a blonde, and you’re travelling all the time, that lipstick is so solid.”

Anya went on to explain that she swears by using Chanel and True Botanicals products as part of her skincare regime.

But when her skin is especially dry from travelling, she will mix up a special mask made of two favourite formulas.

“If I’m going to treat myself, I make my own face mask of Bio-Oil mixed with Egyptian Magic. When you wake up the next morning you look like you’ve had 14 hours of sleep,” the 22-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, Anya spoke about her new gig as the face of Viktor & Rolf’s latest fragrance, Flowerbomb Midnight. The star is the first celebrity to front a campaign for the perfume, and she is thrilled to be working a brand which she has admired for a long time.

“I have a very pinpointed memory of understanding what the brand was from a very young age because I was very attracted to the packaging of the original Flowerbomb fragrance,” she smiled. “But the fact I’m not just the face of Flowerbomb but also Flowerbomb Midnight, which feels like a devilish little sister, is amazing.”

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Viktor & Rolf serves up slogan gowns for spring 19 couture line

Viktor & Rolf has offered up literal fashion statements for its spring 2019 couture line.Dutch design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren unveiled their latest collection as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night (23Jan19), with the range entit…

Viktor & Rolf has offered up literal fashion statements for its spring 2019 couture line.

Dutch design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren unveiled their latest collection as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night (23Jan19), with the range entitled Fashion Statements.

Featuring 34 gowns splashed with Instagram meme-inspired slogans and graphics, the designers wanted to explore the contradiction between social media and high fashion.

“It’s the kind of message you find on social media, with the same instant feeling,” Snoeren told WWD of the concept. “All these statements that are so obvious or easy – there’s a lot of banality on Instagram and social media in general – are counterbalanced with this over-the-top, shimmery, romantic feeling.”

The show opened with a model sporting a tiered ombre pastel purple, lime green and lemon-yellow tulle gown with the words “No Pictures Please” splashed across the front.

A yellow dress with high frilled neckline and ruffled sleeves was subverted with the text, “Go to Hell” and a large skull printed on the front, and a huge white tulle gown had the slogan, “I’m Not Shy I Just Don’t Like You” in bold black text.

A beautiful pink and purple gown had an American eagle motif and the word “Freedom” attached to the bodice, while other quirky ensembles contained phrases such as “Get Mean,” “Leave Me Alone,” “F**k this, I’m going to Paris,” “Trust Me, I’m a Liar,” and “I Want a Better World”.

A bright green dress with huge tiered skirt was topped off with the word Amsterdam and an appliqued marijuana leaf, a bright blue gown with sweeping skirt simply had “No” printed in bright red across the bodice, and a green number with oversized tulle sleeves had, “I Am My Own Muse” written in pink lettering.

To conclude the show, the designers offered up a frothy pink number with “Less Is More” in green font, as well as a pretty lilac chiffon dress with the slogan, “Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come”.

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Viktor & Rolf’s first show smelled like Paris’ Metro

Viktor & Rolf’s first show smelled a lot like the Metro subway in Paris.Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren unveiled their first haute couture collection in the French capital in 1998 and unveiled their debut ready-to-wear line, entitled S…

Viktor & Rolf’s first show smelled a lot like the Metro subway in Paris.

Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren unveiled their first haute couture collection in the French capital in 1998 and unveiled their debut ready-to-wear line, entitled Stars & Stripes, in 2000.

While the fashion stars won acclaim for pushing the boundaries with their presentations, Viktor has now confessed that one of their first runway shows wasn’t exactly pleasant for guests.

“Our first fashion show smelled like the Parisian subway. When we first started, we lived in Paris and it has a particular smell that everyone who has lived in Paris knows … if you don’t have a car and a driver, which we didn’t. We still don’t,” he laughed in an interview with The Cut.

Since launching their brand, Viktor and Rolf have expanded into accessories and fragrance, with their coveted Flowerbomb, first released in 2004, proving to be a major hit.

However, the fashion stars admitted that Flowerbomb isn’t their absolute favourite scent.

“(A pleasant surprise smells like) pure oxygen. I just came back from the Amazon and I had imagined it would smell very green, but it just smelled like the purest oxygen. It was beautiful,” commented Rolf, while Viktor added: “Cigarette smoke. I used to smoke a lot – I don’t anymore, and I recently spent some time with someone I really like who is a smoker and I thought I would hate the smell now, but it was actually pretty nice.”

The duo added that the worst smells are “the sewer” and the “sweat of fear”.

While Rolf noted that their men’s fragrance Spicebomb evokes their friendship, and Viktor said that paper springs to mind when he thinks of his label co-founder.

“I think about us working so I think of paper and drawing,” he smiled.

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Viktor & Rolf create lingerie with Aubade

Viktor & Rolf have swapped couture for lingerie with their latest range.Designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, who celebrated 25 years of their namesake label this year (18), have teamed with French lingerie brand Aubade on a nine-piece collection…

Viktor & Rolf have swapped couture for lingerie with their latest range.

Designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, who celebrated 25 years of their namesake label this year (18), have teamed with French lingerie brand Aubade on a nine-piece collection.

“In couture, you think in terms of metres. For this, we were forced to think in millimetres,” Horsting said at the line’s launch, according to WWD. “The challenge was really to scale down the design gesture.”

Bringing their signature bow design to the collaboration, Viktor and Rolf, who also added lingerie pieces to their H&M line in 2006, created the Bow collection, which is available in two colours; pink Bonbon and Soir black.

Laser cut lace bows adorn both the sheer fabric of the panties and bras, and additional silky bows have also been attached.

“We did not know the lingerie market at all, so we dived into it kind of innocently,” said Horsting. “We quickly realised that designing lingerie is very different from designing couture.

“Couture is like a laboratory for ideas and experimentation. There are a lot more restrictions when designing lingerie. But we actually really liked it, perhaps because we are so used to expressing ourselves freely with couture. The work procedure really requires a different type of concentration. You have to think about literally every stitch, every millimetre, every minute detail. It’s very zen in a way, you really have to focus.”

The collection officially launches in January, but won’t be available in Aubade stores until June. Sets will retail for around 169 euros (£150/ $192).

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Viktor & Rolf mark 25 years with Rotterdam retrospective

Viktor & Rolf are celebrating 25 years in business with a celebratory exhibition in Rotterdam.The Dutch fashion duo is the subject of a new retrospective at the Kunsthal museum in their home nation’s city, which seeks to honour the brand’s reputation f…

Viktor & Rolf are celebrating 25 years in business with a celebratory exhibition in Rotterdam.

The Dutch fashion duo is the subject of a new retrospective at the Kunsthal museum in their home nation’s city, which seeks to honour the brand’s reputation for bridging the divide between fashion and art and popular avant-garde designs. And Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are delighted to have an opportunity to welcome fans into their world.

“With this exhibition we want to present our notion of wearable art,” the pair explained in an interview with Wallpaper. “It showcases a selection of our work as Fashion Artists – highlighting the most iconic, sculptural and bold looks. We hope the visitors will feel engaged on many levels. We strive to make work that is complex, not one-dimensional.”

Hoping that visitors will feel “moved and inspired” by the display, Viktor & Rolf’s retrospective will occupy five galleries in the museum and consist of over 60 haute couture pieces and stage costumes. One gallery is also dedicated to original sketches detailing the brand’s creations over the past 25 years.

“This exhibition shows you that they work in the opposite way to other fashion designers; they really are fashion artists,” enthused curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, who previously helmed a popular exhibition dedicated to French designer Jean Paul Gaultier. “Contemporary fashion in the Netherlands was almost non-existent before Viktor & Rolf. They are the ones who opened the door to fashion in the Netherlands and were the first to gain international recognition. They changed the rules of fashion on how it should be perceived, presented and understood.”

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years is open to the public until 30 September (18).

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