I don’t even know what to say.
Maison Martin Margiela was heartwarming. Dior was killer. Laurence Xu was glam.
But Iris van Herpen? Raised an entirely new bar at the Paris haute couture shows.
This is exactly why people should NEVER exercise the word “haute” in casual conversation
–or worse, in puns.
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“For her fifth collection as an invited member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen focuses on the forces of nature, with a back and forth between innovation and craftsmanship. Beyond simple visual inspiration, this wonder of the natural world forms the basis of wild experimentation. With the help of artists, scientists and architects, Iris van Herpen explores the intricacies of these forces trough the medium of fashion, and the sensitive poetics that have long characterized her aesthetic vocabulary.”
“The human spirit is forged of [...] vital energy, coursing and erupting through the limits of the body in suchresplendent displays of extreme tradition or technology as piercings, scarification or surgery.”
“[Herpen's] partnership with United Nude’s Rem D. Koolhaas and Stratasys has led to a famous line of shoes, helping to spread the spirit of the collection.”
images via Today, Suckerpunched, FashionDaily, and Iris van Herpen