Paris fashion week: Van Herpen goes conceptual in ready-to-wear debut
PARIS (AP) - If clothes could make music, what would they sound like? This was the abstract question that Iris Van Herpen - better known for her couture creations - answered during her official Paris debut in ready-to-wear.
Van Herpen used state-of-the-art technology to stage an evocative underground performance, deep inside David Lynch's Paris nightclub, Silencio, where models writhed against each other clad in dark shimmering dresses with touch-sensitive electronic chips inside sinewy ribs on the material.
Caressing each other in scenes that could have been lifted from a Lynch film, the models' touches sent out audio signals to the DJ booth in the club, producing a macabre electronic musical aria that resonated around the rooms.
The atmosphere nicely complemented the darkness of the looks, which featured a great techno-fabric on a cropped jacket and cross-over dress that gave off a watery, metallic sheen.