There's no business like show business: At a grand old
theater on Avenue Wagram, Viktor & Rolf staged a
tap-dancing event in the best tradition of Hollywood's
A procession of nimble, nubile girls
with Louise Brooks bobs and glittering eyelashes
high-kicked, stomped and shimmied their way onto the
stage, wearing beige, white and light-denim
pantsuits, Mackintoshes and pleated shorts. Silver
trims on lapels and cuffs, and scalloped edges and
ruffles on pristine white shirts, shone in the
spotlight. Black tuxedos with wide pants looked
adorable rather than severe when accessorized with
delicate hair bows; fitted black suits dazzled with
white piping. To close the show, the designers
themselves took to the stage and executed a perfect
dance routine. Now that's entertainment!
The event was an undisputed crowd pleaser: At one
point, as the music segued from "Singing in the Rain"
to a bizarre tap/hip-hop redux, André Leon Talley,
Isabella Blow and Mario Testino all
jammed discreetly in their seats. Best of all, we can be sure
that Viktor & Rolf's clothes look good on women of
all sizesthere was not a 6-foot supermodel in sight.
All of the girls on stage were dance students from
the Lucia Marthas academy in Holland.