Insta-Critic: Architectural Dressing at Iris van Herpen

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Iris van Herpen, the Dutch designer responsible for some of Lady Gaga and Björk’s most memorable looks, is known for her dramatic, sculptural designs. This season, her architectural vision subtracted the substance and left the scaffolding behind. One construction consisted of precisely-pleated circles hovering around the body, while another was warped from lattice-like networks of metal flowers to form the merest suggestion of a dress. But the designer’s ability to toy with negative space reached its zenith in those gravity-defying, skeletal metal shoes: translucent crystal spikes jutted defiantly from the soles with nary a heel to stand on.

#IrisvanHerpen, circling back. #PFW

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Instagram’s favorite dress

Interesting #black dress in a stiff #netstructure from #irisvanherpen #pfw #readytowear #fall2015

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Dress forms at Iris Van Herpen

Sculpture and texture at Iris van Herpen #PFW #paris #fashion #irisvanherpen @irisvanherpen

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A renewed attention to the structural dressing

A most memorable shoe.

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