Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture Spring Summer 22 by Aybuke Barkcin

Dear Shaded Viewers,

There are no heights Viktor & Rolf can’t reach, quite literally.

The avant-garde luxury house continues to apply unconventional methods to provoke and redefine the meaning of couture, opting for high shoulders for this season’s spring summer 22 collection.

Suspenseful music, long stiletto nails, burgundy red lipstick, faces buried in collars with barely any neck showing… the models appeared from the shadows, striking the audience with their disfigured silhouettes, like the awakening of count Nosferatu from the 1922’s silent horror film.

The first look to come out on the runway was a tailored black suit styled with a white shirt with jabot, carrying 19th century Victorian elements, like the vampire count himself. Everything was extended and stretched out vertically, giving the models the lean, thin figure of Nosferatu. While some of the looks featured masculine fits, the collection also leaned towards femininity with ruffled collars, puffed sleeves, floral embroideries, ribbons, nightgowns… balancing out the distorted silhouettes to portray a naive dream-like performance.

The ongoing pandemic has taken a toll on a lot of designers, pushing them to find new sources of inspiration and this collection clearly suggests that Viktor & Rolf have found their comfort in the darkness.


Aybuke Barkcin

Aybüke Barkçin is an art director, photographer, curator and writer that looks at fashion through the lens of political and societal dynamics. She completed her master's Creative Direction in POLIMODA, Italy and has a background in International Relations and Graphic Design. Her work can be found in her website: