Iris van Herpen Fall/Winter 2016-2017 #Paris

There’s been a lot of talk about shaking up the fashion show system this month, but it wasn’t until the penultimate day of the Paris collections that anyone did something that felt truly new except dutsch designer Iris van Herpen  who presented her fall/winter 2016 collection  on the tableau vivant in which models performed in front of giant optical light screens.  The screens acted as  mirror and window, reflecting a doubled image that shifted depending on the model’s position and the viewer’s point of view.These runway pictures fail to convey the installation’s mesmerizing effect, however they do illustrate that Van Herpen has made efforts to increase the wearability of her clothes. The silhouettes are quite short and perched on almost un-walkable heels, but they’re all lined and discrete, a necessary change from last season’s. Otherwise, she’s as experimental as ever. Two dresses were made using 3-D printers  and a few others, created in collaboration with the architect Philip Beesley, combined laser-cut hexagonal discs with plastic tubing like new-fashioned chain-mail armor. It was ready-to-wear as sculpture. It was a fascination of future which Iris van Herpen has made yesterday on the parisian runway.

 

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