Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren returned to their roots as consummate showmen with a spellbinding fashion performance that had them using Kristen McMenamy as a living doll. In a reprise of their famed Russian Doll collection from 1999, Viktor and Rolf peeled dozens of layers off the model, who stood on a revolving platform in the center of the catwalk. Each successive piece of clothing was then adjusted and fitted on another model as an individual outfit. When McMenamy had been stripped to just her flesh-colored corset, the Dutch duo reversed the process and piled on dresses, coats and jackets until she could barely stand. The 43-year-old valiantly posed for pictures, but nearly toppled as she headed backstage. After being scooped up and quickly undressed by an army of helpers, she breathed a sigh of relief. “We had half a rehearsal,” McMenamy revealed. She added that she was not afraid of collapsing during the show, but didn’t ask how many pounds she would be carrying. “I didn’t want to think about it. But the shoes were quite comfortable, so that was OK , and it wasn’t all at once,” she said with a good-natured smile. Spoken like a real doll.
This story first appeared in the April 12, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.