The Spring/Summer Couture 2017 collection of designer Claes Iversen is inspired by Anna Wintour's first cover for Vogue US in 1988. Model Michaela Bercu wore a pair of faded jeans combined with a couture jacket and from this moment on Anna Wintour created the new fashion term 'street couture'. This street couture dynamic is reflected throughout the whole Claes Iversen couture collection.
The first model wears a red leather biker jacket styled as a couture jacket with ruffles, embroidery and lace appliques. The silhouette of this jacket clearly refers to the late 80's with its wide shoulders and oversized fit.
The collection combines streetstyle elements such as studs and oversized zippers with delicate detailing such as embroideries and sheer fabrics all on one garment. It is a collection with diverse contrasts in detailing, fabric and techniques. Couture embroideries with rubber and metal details are combined effortlessly with crystals, beads and sequins.
For the embellishments on the couture items, Claes Iversen has used a range of luxury materials, such as lace, tulle, double satin, leather, suede, feathers and tassels. The tassel fringing plays an important role in the collection and introduces flow and movement into the collection. It also creates a subtle reference to the fringing in Claes' stunning SS2014 collection 'Vertical Illumination'.
Claes Iversen's Autumn/Winter 2016 created a pale winter garden where garments and flowers were frosted in snow and ice, resulting in a subdued colour scheme with subtle tones of pink, purple and green. This season the frozen winter garden has been melted away to transform into a glorious summer garden in full bloom with strong, bright and rich colours. The colour red opens the show as a subtle explosion of light. As the show progresses the colour scheme diversifies. Beginning with strong monotones it develops into a colour rich explosion of horizontal lines combined in a variety of textures and materials. The show closes with the colour almost disappearing. Hundreds of meters of tulle are used in the final garments to create a tantalizing dip-dye effect.