By  on April 7, 2008

Much of the fall season’s richness was found in mesmerizing fabrics. Dries Van Noten revived an Orbis printing technique to achieve his limited edition marbleized floral prints, inspired by swatches he found in a couture textiles archive in Lyon, France. The painstaking method involves mounting layers of colored wax around a contraption called a Zylinder, which is then rolled onto wet cloth to produce a mix of blurry and sharp prints in vivid colors.

Lending an otherworldly quality to the Balenciaga collection, Nicolas Ghesquière combined hand-painted landscapes, reminiscent of Chinese silk screens, with dégradé swooshes of airbrushed paint on varnished latex dresses, the latter technique centering on the dresses’ plastrons.

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