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Iris van Herpen

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The Dutch designer's eponymous line has been an acclaimed expression of innovation and high fashion since its inception in 2007. Van Herpen, who also produces an Haute Couture line by invitation since 2011, creates womenswear that defies the norm. Ruthlessly exact craftsmanship, ultra-luxe materials and the avant-garde aesthetic of her couture line translate into the label’s ready-to-wear as a devotion to bold shapes and textures that hover between the alien and the familiar. While Van Herpen’s strikingly original designs seem culled from both the natural and the technological, her RTW creations offer more approachable cocktail dresses, gowns, skirts and jackets that aim for daring wearability.