Dutch sensation Iris van Herpen knows how to make an impact. Her sculptural creations and intricate workmanship are impressive, but often to the point of extreme. With a soundtrack of sinister pulsating techno music, her models hit the runway encaged in short dresses made of metallic and rhodoïd strips that swirled or spiked around their bodies like computer-generated plants, while a more organic dress looked like the model was wrapped in intricate tree roots. And one girl had to cautiously negotiate the runway wearing van Herpen’s latest designs for United Nude — multiheeled shoes. That said, there were two “wearable” looks, but they lacked the inventiveness of the rest of the collection.

Dutch sensation Iris van Herpen knows how to make an impact. Her sculptural creations and intricate workmanship are impressive, but often to the point of extreme. With a soundtrack of sinister pulsating techno music, her models hit the runway encaged in short dresses made of metallic and rhodoïd strips that swirled or spiked around their bodies like computer-generated plants, while a more organic dress looked like the model was wrapped in intricate tree roots. And one girl had to cautiously negotiate the runway wearing van Herpen’s latest designs for United Nude — multiheeled shoes. That said, there were two “wearable” looks, but they lacked the inventiveness of the rest of the collection.

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