Rolls-Royce and Couturière Iris van Herpen, present Phantom Syntopia, the most technically complex Bespoke Phantom ever produced. The car takes its name from Dutch fashion designer’s landmark 2018 collection, designed on the principles of biomimicry in which art is inspired by patterns and shapes found in nature. The series of highly sculptural garments are brought to life through movement, in the same way Phantom Syntopia represents the beauty of fluid motion in solid materials.
Based on Phantom Extended, Phantom Syntopia features a one-off Liquid Noir paint. It is iridescent in sunlight but reveals Purple, Blue, Magenta and Gold undertones when viewed at different angles. The car’s hood has a subtle rendering of the Weaving Water motif that appears throughout the interior, produced by carefully redistributing the pigment during the finishing process.
Inside, Phantom Syntopia features the Weaving Water Starlight Headliner that was crafted using a single sheet of flawless leather, selected from over 1,000 hides. Precise symmetrical cuts reveal a silver ‘liquid metal’ texture made from woven nylon fabric underneath, used in Iris van Herpen’s ‘Embossed Sounds’ collection, giving the Headliner a three-dimensional appearance. It is finished with 162 delicate petals made of glass organza. 187 of the 995 sparkling fiberoptic ‘stars’ were individually placed by hand alongside the artwork.
The ‘Weaving Water’ theme is also seen on the unique artwork in the Gallery, which runs the width of the Phantom’s fascia. Combining traditional Haute Couture techniques and innovative visual forms, this highly expressive work includes a further 85 petals, which were also attached by hand by Iris van Herpen’s team working at Goodwood.
The picnic tables and the passenger panel just below the Gallery feature the Weaving Water artwork of the bonnet. The motif was achieved by combining multiple coats of paint and lacquer containing different quantities of glass particles. The front seats of Phantom Syntopia are finished in Magic Grey leather, while the rear seats are upholstered with a silk-blend fabric that has a distinctive pattern that recalls the patterns cast by light reflecting on water at night. The seats are quilted with a Weaving Water motif.
Phantom Syntopia is the first Rolls-Royce motor car to use a Bespoke scent that was developed by an expert perfumer. The fragrance is subtle and perfectly complements other aromas arising from the materials used in the car. The core scent is cedarwood and the base combines powdery notes of Iris, obtained using a fluid extraction technology, with added hints of leather, finally blended with rose from Patagonia and a mild lemon. The specially-developed scent-releasing mechanism is housed within the headrests. The fragrance is released in suitably delicate doses for a long-lasting sensory experience.
The clients of this transformative commission will receive a one-off garment designed by Iris van Herpen. The sculptural design of the dress features an elegant application of the ‘liquid metal’ fabric and the glass organza petals, laser-cut and hand-stitched in a pattern resembling undulating waves.
Phantom Syntopia will never be replicated.
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