Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Not Rei Kawakubo. When costuming Olga Neuwirth’s adaptation of Woolf’s “Orlando” for the Vienna State Opera, the intrepid designer viewed the project as a three-act extravaganza, with her dazzling Comme des Garçons women’s show serving as Act 2.
Sometimes “classics with a twist” means giving classics a twist — literally. Anrealage designer Kunihiko Morinaga, a finalist for this year’s LVMH Prize, did just that in a collection that pulsed with offbeat charm and a dash of subversion, like with a blazer, shirt and khakis, cut oversize and yanked to the side.
Haute artistry, mathematical precision. Exacting positive-negative plays were all over the runways, none more alluring than Iris van Herpen’s dress with the look of a glam double helix.