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Dubbed Meta Morphism, the notion of post-humanism lingered in the collection, as Van Herpen navigated the ramifications of technology complicating both identity and reality as a result of our ability to create digital doppelgängers.
Hand-executed couture techniques blended with 3D-printed constructions and like apparitions, transparent voluminous drapes enshroud the models, creating a cosmic web and further questioning the limits of the homosapien spirit. The parabolic collection felt curiously forward-facing with a certain milieu of optimism. Beiges and cream hues juxtaposed accents of dark blue, amethysts, ochre, metallic silver and copper, creeping into translucent layering, reflective textures and sinuous Grecian drapery.
Pushing the limits of imagination beyond fathomability, the Dutch designer has proven to possess an idiomatic niche; her style is otherworldly – like swirling ethereal bacteria from outer space – and though her idiosyncratic technical wonders may defy the laws of physics, they are grounded by the biosphere. In fact, biodegradable materials were conjured through 3D-printing this season. So while a catsuit used left-over cocoa shell beans, laser-cuts and embroideries employed 100 per cent recycled Mylar and upcycled organza.
This is Iris Van Herpen at her best: eternally exploring the exponential expansion of our digital existence, all through immensely beautiful clothing.
Photography courtesy of Iris Van Herpen.