Iris van Herpen
Fall/winter 2014/2015 women’s ready to wear show, Iris van Herpen took Paris by storm with her commentary on consumerism in fashion, and her utilization of new materials. This collection features architectural influences, contrast between materials and textures, and avant-garde proportions.
Iris Van Herpen Vacuum-Packed Her Runway Models
With her mix of handcraft and technology, the real and the artificial, Van Herpen is breaking new ground. Her clothes today featured that characteristic mix: a sinuous new fabric of silk and plastic, artificial fire opals embedded and glinting through embroidery—"I don't believe in using real ones," she said. "They should be left in the ground." Neither does she believe in using real fur; hers today were fake, and the shagreen was not shark or ray but printed leather. The overall impression was of event-wear—where the event is the end of the world. Some elements of Van Herpen's silhouettes today seemed familiar—both Boudicca and Gareth Pugh have mined similar territory before, and the aquatic master class of Lee McQueen's "Plato's Atlantis" show was present. But Iris van Herpen has a unique approach and a wealth of new ideas that mean the future outer explosions will grow and match the inner ones in collections to come.