Paris Haute Couture S/S 2018: Iris Van Herpen

If there was ever need for a perceptible proof that fashion is art, Iris Van Herpen demonstrated it today in Paris. Her newest Spring/Summer 2018 haute couture collection is a unique combination of technology and poetry. Talk about fashion fantasy! A rare beauty was on display today in the Grand galerie de l’Évolution in Paris. Breathtaking pieces, inspired by different geological forms, were presented in the poetical setting, set up in collaboration with Dutch artist Peter Gentenaar. It was a serene start to a fashionable day. The designer’s twisted, fantastical aesthetic never fails to emerge true works of art. She is constantly designing a futuristic fairytale, and effortlessly fuses futuristic patterning with classic tailoring. Ravishing, indeed!

Today, Van Herpen proved that she will never stop testing her personal boundaries in fashion design as she continued to send dark themed silhouettes down the runway. Once again, the Dutch edginess was successfully brought to Paris, and contemporary artist Marina Abramovic was in the first row to support it. Ludi naturae concept was graphically transformed into fashion. A natural philosophy concept, that reached its peak in the early modern period, glorifies malformation and oddity in nature. It embraces the astonishment individual things of nature cause because of their special qualities. Utterly unique, creations presented today celebrate new silhouettes and forms, merging science with haute couture. Otherworldly as usual, her pieces are floating silhouettes in motion. Multi-colored makeup beautifully contrasted natural colors of the 3D-printed fabrics, including sheer ones such as tulle. Blue and green fluorescent eyeliners popped against neutral body-fitting forms and transparent detailing. Iris Van Herpen found beauty in oddity, presenting the postmodernist vision of fashion. As expected, the visuals are rather strong. She found strength in the laws of entropy, and both natural and man-made landscapes. This resulted in museum-worthy wearable organic sculptures. Specificity, aside in the futuristic outfits, lies in the ice-skating shoe design that evokes Van Herpen’s own perception of snow kingdom.

Photo credit: The Fashion Spot (runway), The Impression (cover)