Viktor & Rolf in Toronto

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Dutch fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (better known as Viktor & Rolf) were welcomed with open arms at an elaborate cocktail in their honour at The Bay in Toronto last week. Set among their new collection at The Room at The Bay, the duo mingled with some of the city’s most fashionable, including designer Jeremy Laing, blogger Anita Clarke and The Room’s own Nicholas Mellamphy, while champagne-toting waiters made their way around their room in thick black frames reminiscent of the very ones we spotted on Viktor & Rolf themselves. The eyewear did not stop at the designers wearing their own optical line. Horsting wore a scarf and a pair of jeans from Viktor & Rolf Monsieur, and both pieces were covered in a whimsical eyewear print.

Viktor & Rolf "Solid Gold" frames
Viktor & Rolf “Solid Gold” frames

Glasses have long been a signature for the design duo, who both wear prescription frames: they released a limited edition pair of “Solid Gold” frames a few years ago that featured an 18 karat gold “plate” stamped in the style of an ancient wax seal on the temples (photo above). And, just this past January, models in their menswear show in Paris marched down the runway in uniform black rectangular specs, in addition to sporting the aforementioned eyewear print in many of the looks.

The designers’ appearance in Toronto last week was to promote their womenswear collection at The Bay, but expect to see their designs back in town this June, when the Luminato Festival presents “Dolls by Viktor & Rolf” – an exhibit featuring 30 porcelain dolls dressed in looks from the pair’s extensive archive. The exhibit makes its North American premiere at the Royal Ontario Museum on June 9th.

Keep checking back this week as we feature more photos of stylish specs snapped at the Viktor & Rolf party!