Iris van Herpen Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013-14, Paris

Dutch designer Iris van Herpen featured her newest couture collection “Wilderness Embodied Haute Couture” at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. The wilderness and animal attraction was the starting point in the collection. For the colors, she had looked at the Northern Lights, which were actualized in a blue-green dress with rounded shoulders, a midnight blue evening dress with a long slit and etc. Iris van Herpen sustained a good balance between craftsmanship and innovation. The designer focused on the exploration of organisms and exoskeletons in silicon dresses. She also fused a Japanese style, for example, in a bronze kimono dress with cutout patterns. Iris often collaborates with scientists or technologically advanced companies. This time to create the collection, she worked with artist Jolan van der Wiel, who keeps exploring the nature forces of gravity and magnetic fields. In addition, Iris van Herpen and shoe designer Rem D Koolhaas, a founder of the shoe brand United Nude, together designed 3D-printed shoes that looked like tree roots. The technology of 3D printing by Stratasys Ltd., a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing, was used to make the shoes that mimicked wild nature. Iris van Herpen always is looking to the future like scientist, who first makes a discovery, then later on, it becomes a reality.

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