It is impossible to not adore Viktor Luna. From his infectiously fun personality to his label's ultra-modern aesthetic, it's no wonder he is one of Project Runway's favorite alumni. Last season, Viktor showcased his first independent collection at New York Fashion Week and was met with huge excitement (read about it here). His original space-age prints mixed with edgy tailoring offered quite the presentation of men's and women's looks. His women are powerful and his men are dapper.
So with such a strong theme last season, it begged the question as to how Viktor was going to not only top last year but also peaked curiosity as to what familiar signature he would choose to begin to carry through all this collections. In truth, I was impressed. Really impressed. In just one season, Viktor not only stayed true to his style but it seemed more grown-up. In the best way possible. There was a certain refinement that we didn't even know we were looking for. And there were small injections of the designer's Mexican heritage that proved his heart was in his work more than ever.
For me, it was the navy gown and unexpected wedding dress and suit that stole the show. All the classic elements were there but it was all so unconventional...without being alienating. Viktor stepped outside the box just enough to make it very clear that he knows who he is and not giving us any choice but to get excited about the present and the future of the Viktor Luna label.
(All images c/o Zimbio and Viktor Luna)