This Haute Couture Collection Inspired By Birds in Flight Will Blow Your Mind

Paris Haute Couture Week took flight with Iris Van Herpen’s show on Monday. Down the runway, a flock of 17 stunning looks inspired by the movement of birds in flight was reimagined by the Dutch designer.

Layers of fabric, silk organza and wool, were molded and folded like wings for Van Harpen’s fall ’18 Syntopia collection. Sophisticated and ornate laser-cut patterns executed the theme further, completed with pleating and fringe representing feathers.

Iris Van Herpen fall '18 Paris Haute Couture Week
Iris Van Herpen fall ’18 Paris Haute Couture Week.
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Van Herpen looked to her past as a dancer to take cues from the artistry of motion. “The transformation within movement has hypnotised me,” Van Herpen told Dezeen.com. “For this collection I looked closely at the minutiae of bird flight and the intricate echoing forms within avian motion.”

Iris Van Herpen fall '18 Paris Haute Couture Week
Iris Van Herpen fall ’18 Paris Haute Couture Week.
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Iris Van Herpen fall '18 Paris Haute Couture Week
Iris Van Herpen fall ’18 Paris Haute Couture Week.
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The shoes had subtle nods to the animal kingdom, too. Sandals done in bordeaux had a cascading silhouette that flanked the ankle with skin exposed at the toe and mid-foot. The symmetrical reference to wings was not lost. Another treatment to the footwear, in taupe and black, included pleated sandals with buckled straps and an exposed mid-foot and toebed.

Iris Van Herpen fall 2018
Iris Van Herpen fall 2018 detail.
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Iris Van Herpen fall 2018
Iris Van Herpen fall 2018 detail.
CREDIT: Rex Shutterstock

See more styles from Iris Van Herpen’s fall ’18 Haute Couture Fashion Week runway.

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