IRI­DES­CENCE

We take a shine to two daz­zling shows of bril­liance

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Known for sculp­tural fur­ni­ture, Hervé Van der Straeten is a dab hand at cre­at­ing what he calls ‘visual in­trigue’. And there is no short­age of that in the Paris-based de­signer’s ‘Bor­der­line’ con­sole, which fea­tures a rain­bow-hued coat­ing with an oil-slick sheen cre­ated us­ing the com­plex process of metal­lic va­por­i­sa­tion. Its wall-mounted, frag­mented el­e­ments cre­ate a kalei­do­scopic ef­fect, an op­ti­cal tease that ques­tions func­tion and physics, or in the de­signer’s words, edges ‘a step fur­ther in the de­con­struc­tion of struc­ture’. An­other out­break of ri­otous colour was spot­ted on Prada’s A/W18 women’s cat­walk. This over­sized ny­lon coat is decked with elec­tric pops of flu­o­res­cence that bleed into a more som­bre base colour. The dig­i­tal print was in­spired by city lights dis­torted through a win­dow on a rainy night.

‘Bor­der­line’ con­sole, price on re­quest, by Hervé Van der Straeten. Coat, £2,690, by Prada For stock­ists, see page 169 Set de­sign: Eleonora Succi

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