Cloak and Dagger: Viktor & Rolf’s Couture Return

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It's been thirteen years since designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren held a couture show, but they know what they're doing — yesterday, WWD reported that half their collection was already sold to an unnamed client before it even walked. And it was easy to see why: Their spare, voluminous black cloaks and dresses are just right for a very specific woman who wants drama without flash. The Dutch designers presented only twenty looks in all — one for every year they've worked together — on a catwalk printed with raked stones, like a Japanese garden. Call it wizard chic, or Zen glamour; these technically masterful garments are worth a close look.

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