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Iris Van Herpen takes over Paris with Avant-Garde styles

The first week of July gave opening to what fashion lovers around the world perceive as one of the most exciting fashion events: Paris Haute Couture Week. Only a handful of renown designers are invited to join such event. Fashion houses like Chanel, Valentino and Christian Dior are all members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, making them associates of the old style glamour that started Paris Haute Couture Week. Each year, the Fédération Française de la Couture decides which designers will be allowed to be part of this organization, which represents one of the biggest honors in the fashion industry.

Contemporary designers such as Zuhair Murad and Ralph & Russo have had the privilege to see their names among such recognized fashion brands. Among them, Iris Van Herpen is one of the talented creators that was selected as one of the young brands. The Dutch designer, who is known for her Avant-Garde style, saw this possible when she moved to Paris after being invited by the Fédération Française de la Couture to show in such city, back in 2011. Since then, Iris has been showcasing her collections in France, receiving great critics for her outstanding work, a work that only few can describe.

Iris Van Herpen’s futuristic approach leaves audiences stunned, and this year was no exception. The couturier developed a collection based on an aquatic theme, using rather unlikely materials. The color wave consisted of neutral colors such as gray, white, nude and black. The designer described the 18 piece collection as being inspired by “air and water”, focusing on the fluidity of both elements. To achieve such effect, the artist used sheer fabrics like tulle and pleated moiré-patterned organza. Vaporous silhouettes and structured heat-bonded ruffles simulated a wave-like pattern.

The designer also implemented new age fashion technology techniques. The collection showcased laser cut pieces as well as metal garments that created a three-dimensional floral pattern. Moreover, the artist took it one step further by adding to the show actual water tanks that encased people who floated and played instruments while the show took place. The designer mentioned the entire concept was inspired by fellow Danish underwater artists, Between Music, who perform on custom-built instruments while submerged in water.

With this, Iris Van Herpen consolidated her entire air and water concept for the “Aeriform” collection. The designer managed to blend old couture techniques along with cutting edge technology in order to deliver her futuristic approach. The only thing left to do is wait for the next season and see how she will top this move.

By Pily Montiel
IG: @pilymontiel


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