Couture Week AW16-17 | 4 Successful Blends of Fashion & Innovation

Couture Week is over and yet again designers offered us their share of surprises. There was newness, impressment, disillusion but also tech. Here is our selection of the moments when technology merrily appeared on the catwalks.

AN INTRICATE SOUND VISION AT IRIS VAN HERPEN

For her great return to Couture, Iris Van Herpen unveiled Seijaku, a precious collection inspired by the study of cymatics. She used the visible patterns of sound waves as geometric patterns for the dresses of her collection. To expend the boundaries of realism, Van Herpen combined usual fabrics with other materials such as cristal or silicone and explored technics such as laser cut or 3D printing to make the idea of the waves.

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VIKTOR & ROLF, THE RENOVATORS

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How to get rid of old rags? Viktor & Rolf answered the question, ripping off pieces of their previous collections to build new outfits. This original idea questions the mere concept of haute couture, its nature and its sacralization. At a time of renewal, the two Dutch creators introduce a brand new way of understanding the top-notch Couture: such as poetry, Couture can create beauty out of everything. Also, this choice obviously raises the issues of ecology and durability. More than stepping forward as conscious and respectful creators, Viktor & Rolf are correcting what they seem to consider as mistake in the past. Indeed, the reinvention of old things helps them designing a more durable future.

YUIMA NAKAZATO THE IMAGE MAKER

For his first appearance in Haute Couture, Yuima Nakazato showed [UNKNOWN], a collection with several levels of image creation. Inspired by a trip to Iceland where he was stunned by landscapes, Nakazato used the models’ bodies to expose the pictures he took. Rolled in Fujifilm, the models presented origami-like dresses where Japanese craftsmanship mix with state-of-the-art technology. These holographic films permitted Nakazato to display pictures. But according to Nakazato, the body also is bound to become a part of fashion, not only the clothing. He hence created thanks to Stratasys and 3D printers, 3D body parts to add-up to the models.

 

 ANTONIO GRIMALDI THE DREAMER

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Inspired by the myth of Icarus, the Italian creator Antonio Grimaldi disclosed a collection where dresses were considered as machines to fullfil dreams and reach the sky. Here the creator not anymore aimed at pushing the limits of realism but on the contrary to play with imagination to blur the lines of illusion. He composed for the bridal dress, a white visual abstraction with laser-cut fabrics.


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Post written by Sarah Banon, Contributor

Graduate student from French Business School ESSEC, Sarah is passionate about fashion and spends her free time writing. She is very curious and likes to discover and study new trends. She joined Clausette Magazine in May 2016.

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