Henrik Vibskov‘s showman’s flair and penchant for avant-garde oddity was again on display for Fall/Winter 2013. “The Stiff Neck Chamber” was the name given to his Paris presentation – a merging of visual, audio and tactile elements that will have a thematic sibling in “Neck Plus Ultra,” his upcoming solo art exhibition. Hewing closely to its title, the collection was kicked off with a multitude of upside-down black flamingo necks that lined center stage, creating the conceptual “stiff neck chamber” promised to attendees. The first two looks, however, referenced a very different sort of chamber — a duo of models in gas masks set the mood for Vibskov’s procession of both men’s and women’s garments, each outfit topped off by headwear supported from the backs of models’ necks. South of the collar, the garments were vintage Vibskov — marled leggings, color-blocked, paneled knits and relaxed silhouettes featured throughout, while dotted patterns and flamingo prints were all-new for the season.
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