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Rolls-Royce Phantom Syntopia: Bespoke Masterpiece Impressed by Haute Couture

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Haute Couturière Iris van Herpen


“Phantom Syntopia is essentially the most formidable, singular and extremely Bespoke Phantom we’ve ever created, and a transparent assertion of Rolls-Royce’s standing as a real luxurious home. Constructing on twenty years of joint undertakings with the world’s most celebrated design homes, artists, horologists and jewelers, Phantom Syntopia secures Phantom’s standing as the final word clean canvas for Bespoke personalization. In collaborating with internationally famend designer and Haute Couturière Iris van Herpen, we as soon as once more redraw the boundaries of innovation, craftsmanship and Bespoke risk; not only for a motor automotive however throughout the broader luxurious sector.” – Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Govt Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Automobiles


Rolls-Royce Motor Automobiles has unveiled the Haute Couture-inspired Phantom Syntopia, created in collaboration with famend Dutch dressmaker and Haute Couturière Iris van Herpen. Primarily based on Phantom Prolonged, it’s the most technically advanced fee ever undertaken by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective. Now, after 4 years of steady growth, this extraordinary and distinctive creation is full; it would quickly take its place within the non-public assortment of discerning patrons of the model.


Phantom Syntopia takes its identify from Iris van Herpen’s landmark 2018 assortment, designed on the ideas of biomimicry during which artwork is impressed by patterns and shapes present in nature.


“For this particular collaboration, I used to be impressed by the idea of ‘Weaving Water’ and remodeled the sense of being in motion into an immersive expertise of fluidity contained in the Phantom. I needed this to turn out to be a state-of-the-art expertise being overwhelmed by the forces of nature. The highly effective motion of the Phantom is woven into the shifting three-dimensional waves contained in the automotive to embody the ingenuity of nature. After I met the Bespoke Collective, I found that the world of Rolls-Royce is similar to Haute Couture. Each garment I create is a one-off, tailored to my consumer’s particular person measurements, identical to each Rolls-Royce. My shoppers come to our atelier in Amsterdam for fittings, simply as Rolls-Royce shoppers are invited to Goodwood all through the design and craft course of. On many ranges, this collaboration was a pure symbiosis.”
Iris van Herpen



To create the beautiful, shimmering exterior, the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective developed a one-off “Liquid Noir” paint. Iridescent in daylight, it reveals Purple, Blue, Magenta and Gold undertones when considered at totally different angles. To realize this impact, solid-black paint is overlaid with a end incorporating a mirror-like pigment, chosen for its color-shifting properties. So as to add a refined, elegant shimmer, the workforce developed a brand-new method for making use of pigment to the clearcoat – a course of that took a number of months, together with over 3,000 hours of testing and validation alone.

On nearer inspection, the Phantom Syntopia’s hood includes a refined rendering of the Weaving Water motif that seems all through the inside, produced by fastidiously redistributing the pigment through the ending course of.




Weaving Water Motif



Phantom Syntopia’s inside suite incorporates options that had been co-created in a inventive and technical assembly of minds by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective and Iris van Herpen. Some inside components had been handcrafted on the Goodwood, United Kingdom house of Rolls-Royce by the corporate’s main craftspeople working alongside members of Iris van Herpen’s workforce, whereas others had been created in Iris van Herpen’s Amsterdam atelier, alongside her Haute Couture clothes.


Weaving Water Starlight Headliner


On opening the coach doorways, the attention is instantly drawn to essentially the most technically difficult model of this signature Rolls-Royce characteristic ever produced. It was crafted utilizing a single sheet of leather-based, chosen from over 1,000 hides. Exact symmetrical cuts reveal a silver ‘liquid metallic’ texture constituted of woven nylon cloth beneath, utilized in Iris van Herpen’s ‘Embossed Sounds’ assortment, giving the Headliner a three-dimensional look. It’s completed with 162 delicate petals manufactured from glass organza, utilized by members of Iris van Herpen’s Couture workforce who traveled to Goodwood to undertake the work – a course of that took practically 300 hours. As well as, 187 of the 995 glowing fiberoptic ‘stars’ had been individually positioned by hand alongside the art work; illuminating sequentially, ranging from the rear and shifting to the entrance, creating a sense of motion. In complete, all the Headliner alone concerned virtually 700 collective hours of labor.


Hand Stitching the Weaving Water Starlight Headliner


The ‘Weaving Water’ theme continues all through the distinctive art work within the Gallery, which runs the width of the Phantom’s dashboard. Combining conventional Haute Couture strategies and modern visible types, this extremely expressive work features a additional 85 petals, which had been additionally connected by hand by Iris van Herpen’s workforce working at Goodwood, representing virtually 60 hours of painstaking work.


Distinctive “Gallery” Art work 

The design to be discovered on the picnic tables and the passenger panel slightly below the Gallery mirrors the Weaving Water art work on the hood. The motif was achieved by combining a number of coats of paint and lacquer containing totally different portions of glass particles. Earlier than work started, Rolls-Royce spent 4 months perfecting the method.



Phantom Syntopia continues the Bespoke Collective’s exploration of textiles. In homage to Rolls-Royce’s heritage, Phantom Syntopia recollects an period the place a driver’s seat was trimmed in hardwearing leather-based and the rear compartment in luxurious, inviting materials. The entrance seats of Phantom Syntopia are completed in Magic Gray leather-based, distinguished by its lustrous end. The rear seats are upholstered with a specifically created silk-blend cloth, that includes a particular sample that recollects the patterns forged by gentle reflecting on water at evening.

The seats are quilted with a Weaving Water motif, impressed by a tufting method usually employed in superb furniture-making during which embroidery is utilized to the reverse facet of the textile. This creates a three-dimensional depth whereas attaining a easy, seamless, uninterrupted floor.


Distinctive Inside



For a really Haute Couture expertise, Iris van Herpen will design a one-off garment particularly for the shoppers of this transformative fee. The sculptural design of the costume echoes the Weaving Water theme explored in Phantom Syntopia’s Starlight Headliner, that includes a sublime software of the ‘liquid metallic’ cloth and the glass organza petals, laser-cut and hand-stitched in a sample resembling undulating waves. This beautiful garment, reflective of Iris van Herpen’s newly developed Haute Couture strategies, is predicted to take round six months of labor, together with sample growth, crafting and making use of the petals, embroidery, becoming and tailoring.


One-off Garment


Phantom Syntopia will take its place within the shoppers’ non-public assortment in Might. As a real one-of-one fee that can by no means be replicated.





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