IvH AW16 Couture: When Normal Rules Don’t Apply!

It comes as no surprise that this season, Ms Iris van Herpen‘s AW16 Couture Collection mesmerized the attending audience. Bringing science and technology to fashion, we respect that she continues to prove that she is a woman who is unafraid to redefine the definition of couture through her artistry.

To say that the collection was striking would be an understatement. It was IvH all over. Beautifully crafted, the pieces were styled with look-at-me statement shoes that complimented the overall look. Taking in the collection, it was easy for us to fall in love with each piece that strutted down the runway. That being said, there was one piece that had the audience holding their breath in wonder.

The 'Bubble' Dress | Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv
The ‘Bubble’ Dress | Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv

Created with thousands of handblown glass bubbles, the stunning A-line dress was overlaid with a skin of liquid silicon to hold the bubbles together. Reminding me of a more artistic version of Hussein Chalayan Bubble Dress, IvH thought behind the “bubble” creation was based on reimagining the concept of “airy”. Other IvH pieces bragged organza woven from thread five times thinner than a human hair and then there was the halter gown of 3-D moiré created from organza hand-stitched on tulle.

Iris van Herpen | Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv
Iris van Herpen | Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv

Combining fine handwork techniques with digital technology, IvH is definitely proving to be a force to be reckoned with within the fashion industry. Expressing character and emotions, though her creations, we cannot help but be in awe of a woman who has managed to find a way of using old and forgotten techniques with today’s innovation and materials. Ms Iris van Herpen you are an inspiration, we look forward to you continuing to rock the merge in a way that only you can!

View all of Iris van Herpern’s AW16 Couture Collection HERE!

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Muchaneta Kapfunde

Founding editor-in-chief at FashNerd.com
Founding editor-in-chief & WearableTechStylist of FashNerd.com, Muchaneta has worked in the fashion industry for over 14 years. She is currently one of the leading influencers speaking and writing about the merger of fashion with technology and wearable technology and a regular contributor to digital news sites like Wareable.
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