The song "Let's Get Physical" was played on a loop at the Viktor & Rolf show on Saturday afternoon. The up tempo single sung by Olivia Newton-John is, of course, a double entendre 80s classic which is an ode to physical activity- both vertical and horizontal.
For designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, the focus was clearing on the vertical option.
Going for a sporty themed show, they used happy-go-lucky bold floral patterns and trompe l'oeil pinched plastic prints on voluminous asymmetrical tops and dresses, and sometimes paired them with slim biking shorts.
The experimentation the designers explored in their haute couture show, which saw them attempt to see how many different ways they could manipulate cumbersome carpet fabric, could be spotted on today's ready to wear catwalk as well.
Using fabrics in different weights and lengths, the Dutchmen would seemingly randomly gather the material on the body to see what cool shapes it would create.
But as anyone who has gained or lost a few pounds can attest- weight does make a difference.
Here the best pieces were the "thinnest" ones. Look number 18, a simple white knit tank dress, was fresh. And the short stiff circle skirts with a band of fluttering silk chiffon at the hem, had some girly charm. Even a few wife leg pants looked slimming, thanks to some athletic striping down the sides.
But unfortunately this show was also filled with capaciously cut garments that looked like a better fit for those taking their "before" photo when they go to the gym to pick up their first membership card.