the science of couture: iris van herpen, fall
by Jeremy Danté
presented in paris, iris van herpen presented her FW11/12 haute couture collection & remains an outsider in this commercialized world of high end fashion. simulated water splashes worn on models & the most intricate of design details; the collections presented by van herpen often blur the lines that separate science & style. while not known as widely, around the world as the bigger labels like gucci, fendi or prada- true artistry is represented season after season & dedication to a new era of design is seen consistently. there seem to be no boundaries at what can be created. whether skeletal or a simulation of an unwearable substance nothing is off limits for van herpen & this season that was clearly demonstrated. a strict color palette was seen as soft nudes, brass metals & slight flecks of metallics were seen. hoaned skills through internships with alexander mcqueen & a degree in design from ARTEZ, van herpen was born in 1984 & has had her own namesake label since 2007.
what i love about the iris van herpen collections are the approach to style- the clothes aren’t always wearable & though the concepts are curious, they are visually stunning & aesthetically heart pounding. some design signatures from this couture collection have been seen before for van herpen’s ready-to-wear collections & im confident that she has found a fitting spot in the realm of couture, which is clearly demonstrated by craftsmanship. i like that iris sort of rides under the radar & maintains this hovering reputation for sickening design amongst us fashion kids. while her heels have been seen on the feet of kim kardashian, i dare kimmy k. to strut the streets of calabasas in the simulated splash number or even in the skeletal finale look seen on liu wen. equipped with an arsenal of a creative resume, van herpen represents a new dawn of unlimited possibilities, not just for fashion, but for groundbreaking design as a whole. aesthetially stunning & a new take on fashion design, iris van herpen has raised the bar for scientific style. the test of dope design is seen in how well those designs test our limitations.