Victor de Souza does weird well. His last two collections dressed women like they were living in a sequel to David Lynch’s Dune, in that they were both beautiful and bizarre. So it was a surprise that for Spring/Summer 2011, de Souza toned down the strange factor without sacrificing the contrasts from which he draws his power. Powerful vs. delicate. Dominant vs. submissive. Ethereal vs. mortal.
Big, sculpted shoulders ruled the day, but not in a way that evoked the 1980s. This was more like the 80s never happened, and de Souza was inspired to accent the shoulders completely independently, like Leibniz and Newton inventing calculus.