As my closet reveals, I've got a thing for Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. Well, their heels and clothes. My heart on for the Dutch duo only bolstered after experiencing their retrospective last summer, a multimedia overload complete with 55 porcelain dolls clad in mini versions of their looks.
The pair have long collaborated with another visionary Dutch team, Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets, a.k.a. Studio Job. Their creative friendship goes back to their anonymous days in Paris a decade and a half ago, and since then, the four have conspired on jewelry, textiles and furniture together, each project infused by their shared sense of wit, the spectacular and a high concept blurring of design and art.
Their recent work showcasing the V&R Spring/Summer 2010 collection was particularly stunning. Studio Job designed a scenography that framed the overlying theme for the Paris fashion house–one of the eternal glamour that is always at play in their collections, but this time asserting itself in the face of the global economic crisis. "With the credit crunch and everybody cutting back, we decided to cut tulle ball gowns," Snoeren said to style.com's Nicole Phelps, who cleverly described the frothy frocks with holes and slashes as "credit-crunch couture."
Among Studio Job staging was the massive spinning globe drenched in sparkling crystals that first twirled at the Swarovski Palace during Milan's 2008 Salone Internazionale del Mobile. On V&R's runway it served as a complement to the Mother Earth presence of Irish electronica singer Róisín Murphy, her seven-month-pregnant belly and much of the rest of her torso cloaked in a mountainous heap of pastel tulle that flounced from the shoulder of a tuxedo jacket.
Check out Studio Job's droll reflection for your digs now at A+R.
Top photo courtesy of P. Stigter via Studio Job
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