PFW | Hacking Infinity by Iris van Herpen

Known for her futurist approach of fashion, Iris van Herpen presented her AW15 collection yesterday, during the last days of Paris Fashion Week. By experimenting fabrics, using new technologies and creating avant-garde cuts; Iris accustomed us to brilliant collections. Her sculptural garments sometimes feel more of art pieces than clothes. Exhibited in several places around the world, the 30-year-old designer delivered a new stunning Hacking Infinity collection.

Presented at Paris Palais de Tokyo, the AW15 collection was inspired by the idea of terraforming. Terra-what? That’s a term coming from both Science Fiction and actual Science. It means modifying the biosphere of another planet to make it resemble that of Earth. Working by light, body movement and biometric structures, the collection asses the concept of new geographies & our place within them. Under the soundtrack of heavy industrial noise mixed by Salvador Breed, the designer presented intricate laser-cut & polymorphic silhouettes, soft silks, stiff structured organza, quilted skirts, crystal embellished lattice work and waffle texture jackets. The collection’ shoes were created in collaboration with Japanese designer Noritaka Tatahana.

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The star-fabric of the season is actually a hand-inflamed stainless steel wire.

“Latest trends don’t really interest me. I’m more into creating value pieces. So it’s really important to be linked to people outside of the world of fashion” Herpen said. “I’m inspired by things that I don’t see and don’t understand, because it gives free rein to my imagination.”

Iris is working with architects Philip Beesley and Niccolo Casas for numeric technologies & 3D-printing. Not a fan of science-fiction, she rather finds her inspiration in “simple” scientific publications and by visiting the CERN in Geneva. She likes to study movements, proportions and fabrics to pay a special attention to the body. Always experimenting, she is full of new ideas to disrupt fashion. And although some of her creations might seem difficult to wear in real life, others are definetely wearable thanks to their minimalist design yet avant-garde cuts.

Concerned about a more sustainable fashion industry, Herpen produces everything in Europe, and says the future holds new possibilities such as 3D and 4D-printing offering new possibilities to “produce very fast and on-demand in a near future”. Even if she is worried by the opening of these technologies, that could end into illegal downloads of patterns.

Want to learn more about this amazing designer? Watch a fascinating video where the designer explains how she creates her collections, sharing her inspirations and future fantasies.

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