Iris Van Herpen/ Fall 2014 collection/ Backstage photos by Sonny Vandevelde
The latest issue of L’ Officiel Ukraine, captures Alejandra Alonso, well armored in Iris Van Herpen designs or Van Herpen- inspired outfits. Developing her sculptural silhouettes and her signature 3D structures, the Dutch designer is, undoubtedly, one of the major influences on the contemporary fashion scene. The upcoming Iris Van Herpen exhibition at Groniger Museum will present the first large scale overview of her work. That sounds really exciting, as Van Herpen is the designer who managed to challenge the very idea of contemporary “couture”. What about the new “Fang” shoes, the product of Van Herpen’s fifth successful collaboration with United Nude? Awesome pieces, huh?
(above) Armored Beauty, the editorial in L’Officiel Ukraine / photo: Enric Galceran / model: Alejandra Alonso / styling: Dixi Romano/ beauty : Oliva Marcos / images via fashiongonerogue.
(below) The Fang shoes, S/S 2012, Iris Van Herpen Couture.
I don’t know how “wearable” are Iris Van Herpen‘s fantastic outfits yet, but the shoes that she designed in collaboration with United Nude definitely are! When the concept is great, there’s always a way to move ahead, for spectacular & marketable projects. The S/S 2011 Collection of United Nude x Iris Van Herpen stands out as a perfect sample for keeping the dream and still moving ahead.
A few days ago, the Haute Couture Fashion Show, Fall/Winter 2012, was held in Paris. It was sparkling and this time, a little bit different. Apart from the traditional couturiers showing in Paris, this time, they added two new designers to the couture calendar: the Italian Giambattista Valli and the Dutch designer Iris van Herpen.
The haute couture moment is usually dedicated to the fashion elites, designers that are able to push further the boundaries of fashion, in terms of style and hard labour on and around the dress. But couture, apart from the few clients around the world (who really afford it), also supposed to be la creme de la creme of the fashion dream. Something special and something really avantgarde, something not necessary linked to our everyday outfits, but something to challenge our ordinary view on clothes. At this point, I think Iris van Herpen is the right designer to keep an eye on.
Her debut collection on the couture fashion scene was not only popular and hysterically acclaimed, but could be also regarded as a symbolic shift of perspective in the fashion world. It seems that the traditional couture establishment finally starts to embrace something New. In Herpen’s terms, this means futurism, new materials and new fashion techniques, as rapid prototyping, the use of plastic and rubber – in order to achieve a brand new poetry of costume. That’s more challenging than draping and cutting boring fabrics on the vintage tailor dummy, huh?