Leave it to Ronald van der Kemp to make paper haute. Yes, paper. On Sunday, the Dutch designer known for working with upcycled fabrics kicked off the Fall 2018 Haute Couture season in Paris with a collection that included two spectacularly crafted pieces made from nipped and tucked papier. The first was a pair of gilded trousers that, the designer explained, was so well-sculpted it could stand on its own. The second was a standout white puffer coat that would appeal to the Michelin Man’s deeply chic daughter (who I don’t believe exists, but wouldn’t it be fabulous if she did?). “I love the weirdness about it,” Van der Kemp said of his unlikely material post-show.
Also casual? Van der Kemp’s collaboration with Dutch sneaker brand Filling Pieces on a series of chunky, metallic kicks that echoed the collection’s Space Age influences. “We did something with their leftover stock. Couture is usually such a holy thing and I thought it was great to give it a casual feeling.”