18 February 2009

in which i decribe to you how going through the paper shredder was the best thing to happen in my life,

So I was surfin' the net, avoiding my email, thinking about chocolate, eating chocolate, doing my thing, you know, and came across Iris van Herpen. She is perfection. I cannot see anything NOT perfect about her. She is Comme.

Okay, so she's an Amsterdam designer who graduted from design school in 2006 (notice my serious journalism skills, obviously I am very specific and informative). The lookbook pictures here are from her first collection. Her first. They only get better. My favorite kind of design is pure, unadulterated art you can wear. If I could wear an art gallery every day of the week I damn well would.

She's very elaborate in each piece, which makes the fact she only makes 10 pieces per collection forgivable. I'm nervous for her solely because I don't know how she'll make it commercially -- though obviously she's not doing it for the money, or else she'd be pulling a line skirts out of her ass and splattering them with whatever trend of the season.

No, she's very much designing for her own muse and her muse alone. I love it. I want to write a love song to it. I want to court her muse and serenade it at night to sleep, and buy it rings the size of my fist, and buy it a yacht and half the world. I want to stalk it at night at it's window. Yes. Even that.

her latest collection.

She juxtaposes mummified silhouettes with ruffles, studs, anything that fits her whim. Her aesthetic is kind of like a love child of Pugh, TAO, and skeletons, with a healthy dose of barbed ire and rufflery and sometimes even bondage. Iris smudges the line between the macabre and the feminine. It's rough, but it's fragile, and damned if I don't want it all.


(sorry for the quick post, got lots of plans for the blog in the future -- lucky packs return, a contest, and more. xxx)

35 comments:

Moi said...

European Rei? Lol :)

s_d said...

!!!
excuse me
i have to wipe my keyboard
there's droll from all the fabulous-ness i just witnessed!

Moshe said...

yay! contest and awesome clothes.

diane said...

She is genius, and so are you. Your commentary brought me to tears. I love your complete and utter passion for fashion (rhyme unintended). You are going to be h*ll to reckon with, young lady. My compliments. xo

Abigail said...

i am seriously impressed with both your taste and your writing skills. astounded, really.

-abigail

prismandpendulum.blogspot.com

AlainaArgeropoulos said...

I believe I had heard of this designer once before in a heated conversation with my friend over fashion being about art or functionality (i was all for art). I had never actually seen her work until now. It's beautiful! thank you for introducing me!


alaina-argeropoulos.blogspot.com

What Not & I said...

I love the movement shot of the white shredded dress. I would totally wear that in a second. I love. I adore. I want.

http://whatnotandi.blogspot.com

Ellen Hart said...

Great writing and amazing fashion!

Alicia/InstantVintage said...

Wow. That is truly art. Amazing stuff.

Midnight traveller said...

Awesome post!! Really, and i love the comment about the art gallery :-D
http://midnightravel.blogspot.com/

Charm said...

that was the most wonderful description of pure love over a collection. you made me giggle. she does have a fantastic creative side, yes?

Rianna Bethany said...

This designer seems awesome! Loving the amazing picks my eyes are seeing!!!!!
Rianna Bethany xxxxxxxxxx

Beth said...

I had seen this designer mentioned on another blog, but after seeing more of her collections here all I can say is

DAMN. I love it. great post.

Lara said...

i've seen her somewere else, but i cant remember where....i love!!! Plus i think its easier on the eye than Comme because with her, well, there is just so much going on....it can be confusing.

Fannah said...

Yes, yes, us again :p who ever said Dutch weren't fashionable? We'll be taking over the world soon, be prepared! ;)

lescrocodiles said...

That's magnificent.

I also like your title a lot :)

cheddah! said...

im in love wit da details on these dresses

Anna Shapiro said...

Oh shit.

ahmaaaazzzziiinnggg

HALEY said...

Wow the collection looks amazing!

In-tree-gue said...

all these new designers make me so happy to see that fashion will have a good future. I mean tao, gareth, that knitwear lady(sandra something, wow i'm so accurate) and this, it makes me happy.
By the way i've been reading your blog for the longest time, this is my first time commenting.
-Gabriel

bobb said...

This is very well written - really descriptive and interesting. "Pure unadulterated art you can wear" says it all:)

Nice and Shiny said...

Some of these are seriously hot. The textures, oh my! Love it. I wish I had some more "arty" pieces in my wardrobe, I'm sick of the same old garb...

Great post, can't wait to see what else you've got in store ;D

<3<3<3

Sahel said...

OMG I WOULD KILL FOR THAT LAST DRESS -
ACTUALLY KILL :O
WHY IS IT SO PERFECT :(

CAROLINE. said...

Yes! Everyone loves Iris van Herpen :D

Lori said...

holy crap that shredded drapey t-shirt is so amazing.

pooja said...

wow... thanks so much to introduce me to this designer... sry to say i have not heard of her... also m a designer myself, i reside in india n m always hungry for more and more knowledge of fashion... m a new reader to ur blog.. and m sure loving it..!!!

carolyn said...

I love the last pictures especially. Thank you for sharing this I'm going to go rip apart my shower curtains trying to replicate the awesome. I'm going to fail and it will be your fault THANKS A LOT.

Annabelle said...
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Annabelle said...

her designs are beautiful.
i wish i could make such things!

the late writings of me said...

the world is not ready for her. this is what I like about her designs. like when you see them they are so unnexpected you just aren't ready. like the first drop on a roller coaster. or being dunked in a dunk tank.

www.the-existance-of-me.blogspot.com

ilikethechange said...

OHYEH!I saw this when i was looking at pocketto (online mag) and i was amazed!
all her collections are amazing!
my favourites are
brown corset kinda with teal fringing if you know which one i mean
and many many others!!(which i'd give you pictures of but it doesn't work :( .

LOVE LOVE LOVE
your blog

kelly
xxx
P.S. i'm a contributor to amanda's (bright eyes) mag and i have fallen in love with you and your work after reading the article

kristin. said...

Hey. You should watch Helena Hörstedt's work (www.helenahorstedt.com) if you are into Iris'. I believe Hörstedt is even better, genious.

Anonymous said...

I totally heart your clothes and u should check out GracE of FashioN at blogspot! I heart it too!

J. said...

Bonjour, ça fait un moment que je passe quotidiennement voir si tu as posté un nouvel article et je voulais te le faire partager :-)

Si tu veux suivre le blog d'une "fan" c'est par ici :

baiserderussie.blogspot.com

En attendant tes nouveaux articles ...

Julia.

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