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Viktor & Rolf Reveal Their First 'Only in LA' Moment

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Photo via Viktor & Rolf
Photo via Viktor & Rolf

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Next Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm, legendary avant-garde fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren of Viktor & Rolf will appear at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza to celebrate their famed Flowerbomb fragrance for women and Spicebomb fragrance for men. The rare meet-and-greet will include a bottle signing and a chance to win this oh-so-cool Flowerbombette clutch.

To toast their arrival, we sat down with the brilliant duo, who revealed their generous take on Cali style, their craziest experience here and the male beauty trend they simply can't stand.

Welcome! How long are you in town for? Do you have any free time to explore?
"Just four days. We're spending the weekend in Santa Monica and want to see as much art as possible. Liz Goldwyn is taking us to Murakami's premiere on Monday. Ah, and we need to check out the amazing vintage galleries, like Blackman Cruz."

When was your first time visiting Los Angeles and what was the experience like?
"The first time round was a couple of years ago; we made a stop-over on our way to Bora Bora. Our dear friend Lisa Eisner took us to a Mexican dwarf wrestling competition at a place that looked like an ancient Mayan temple. 'Only in LA' we knew, even though it was our first visit."

Wow. What is your take on California style?
"Healthy, vibrant, luxurious, laid-back chic."

Your 2006 MOCA exhibition, Skin + Bones, was phenomenal. Would you ever do something like that again?
"We'd love to show more of our work in LA. It's important to us to show at galleries and museums next to all our fashion presentations. It's fresh and democratic and provokes a different way of looking."

Who is the Flowerbomb girl?
"Chic yet sexy."

Who is the Spicebomb guy?
"A sexy nerd."

What look are you feeling for spring? How should we wear the Flowerbombette clutch?
"Think hollywood-glamour-gone-easy: draped goddess gowns are jersey beachdresses; ruffled tulle becomes a bomber. The clutch goes with that attitude."

What look should retire?
"Men with plucked eyebrows."
· Viktor & Rolf [Official Site]
· Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb [Nordstrom]
· Viktor & Rolf's Spicebomb [Nordstrom]