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Paris Fashion Week: Viktor & Rolf Monsieur communes with the dolphins

June 23, 2011 |  4:21 pm

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The Viktor & Rolf Monsieur label is in a New Age mood for spring-summer 2012, feeling all mystical and free-spirited -- and apparently communing with the dolphins.

The dolphin is the Dutch design duo's motif of the season, you see, and appears in screenprinted silhouette on sweatshirts, as a lace-like applique on dress shirts, worked into an all-over shirt pattern and as a jacquard on suit linings.

But no one needed face-time with Flipper to get that the Danish design duo of Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren were relaxing on the inner beaches of their consciousness, not only for the '70s-era vibe of the suede and denim pieces but for the color palette.

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The range of sandy beiges, muted yellows of midafternoon coastal sun and multiple shades of blue -- often layered horizontally to evoke the gradations of color where the sky meets the sea on the horizon -- made the clothes as calming as a Riviera seascape.

The eye-catching accessory of the show was a collection of bow ties, some transparent ones that looked clear as glass (which seems downright dangerous to have strapped against one's Adam's apple) and others that were fashioned out of blue terry cloth.

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Which, come to think of it, might come in handy after taking that dip with the dolphins.

-- Adam Tschorn, reporting from Paris

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Photos: Looks from the Viktor & Rolf Monsieur spring/summer 2012 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: VIktor & Rolf.

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