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Viktor & Rolf Go All Black for Haute Couture Fall 2013

It's been 13 years since Dutch duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren showed a couture collection and their return was done completely in black. The Fall 2013 show also marked their 20th anniversary in the fashion business.

Each of the 20 all-black looks (one for each year), was focused on cuts and shapes and the show's choreography had the models walking the runway before gathering in five groups to mimic the rocks of the Zen garden at the Ryōan-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan.

Given that the models were meant to look like stones and all the looks were done in black silk whose surface, according to Vogue, was manipulated to bring to mind rocks and grass, it comes as little surprise that even the more voluminous silhouettes had an austerity to them. Despite half the collection already having been sold to an art collector, however, many of the looks would be wearable with slight alterations and true to their zen garden inspiration, there was something soothing about watching a monochrome sea of clean-lined clothing.