Iris Van Herpen – Into another world. Dreams made reality.
Iris Van Herpen Couture Spring 2019 collection – Paris Fashion Week
Over the seasons Iris Van Herpen has astonished us, enchanted us and taken us with her on a creative journey. This season she distilled the very essence of those past seasons into a brilliantly edited and focused collection.
Without extra exaggeration and more tricksy accessories the show focussed all our attention on the beauty of the clothes. The fashion at the very heart of the statement Iris Van Herpen is making in terms of the exploration of the outer limits of creation.
The two key themes she explored were the softness flow and movement of dresses like robes, djllabas, caftans or surplices, and the layering of nature; be that the snow drifts, volcanoes, waterfalls or blossoms.
The rainbow, ombreed and shadowed effects on the first theme shimmered and drifted across the space as the undulating forms floated around the models, billowing as they walked into clouds and mists of fabric and colour.
The second group at times recalled the layered precision of Capucci and Mauricio Galante, with repeated layers overlapping and unfurling.
Like exotic birds or flowers the explosion of shapes wound around the models and they seemed both to be emerging from, and to be nourishing the petals and tendrils surrounding them.
The colours throughout the show blurred and melted, faded and shadowed across the collection from icy white through to dense and velvety hues of plum, damson, and cloud grey. The intense orange spread across a column of Chinese lantern like complexity was like a splash of volcanic lava across burnt and glowing rocks.
The finale found all the mannequins wandering through the space with just the very hems of their garments flashed with white light and their heads literally in the clouds which were lasered across the Beaux Arts salon.
It created a mesmerising effect of earth joined to heaven in perfect harmony, just as the clothes were in perfect harmony.
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