On the evening of Tuesday, 6 September, six young fashion designers, under four different labels, showed their latest work, and they did it in a completely non-traditional way – in a former convent in Amsterdam’s de Wallen. Audiences marvelled at their unusual fashion, presented as an unconventional performance. (fashionweek.nl). Team Peter Stigter was there to capture it all in photography and video.
The handwritten, scribbled invite already gave us a big hint; Show Room Room Show wasn’t going to be just another fashion show. Nope. Camiel Fortgens, Barbara Langendijk, Karin Vlug & Lisa Konno and Schueller de Waal, six young Dutch designers were about to switch things up a bit. Away from the glitter, glamour and fast speed fashion rhythm. As we arrived at their show venue, a former monastery, on Tuesday night we were welcomed in what seemed like a large living room. Old chairs, couches, pillows and bowls filled with crisps and peanuts all around. Disposable camera’s on the floor for the audience to use. House party meets fashion presentation; an intimate set-up meant to lead to surprising meet-ups and conversations, besides just showing the new collections. And just that really happened. An aspiring styliste from Maastricht sitting next to me told me she drove five hours just to witness this fashion gathering, her first show, hoping to be surprised. Boy was she in for a treat. After Camiel Fortgens models paraded in their sand colored layered and neutral menswear looks to hip hop music, Barbara Langendijk had dancer Yevgeniia Lavrenchuck taking the stage, talking to us about purple being her favorite color and then showing us just how comfortable her body made of banana leaves was. Karin Vlug and Lisa Konno pulled a Viktor & Rolf, dressing their frizzy haired models on the runway. The girls were dressed in cool, quite sober fashion pieces, all variations to the square shirt, in white coton and denim with colorful buttons as a playful touch. Then Schueller de Waal turned the room show into an unforgettable night with his fashion sketch. He had Gaga herself (played by Merante in Wonderland) walking into the room searching some clothes in which she could look ‘normal’ again. With the help of a stylist (played by Eva Bartels) she hilariously tried several pieces on eventually leaving the room in a neon garbage dress. Fashion combined with a fun bit of (inter)acting. A brilliant ending of a warm Tuesday night in the city center. On to the next room show. We want more!
Learn more about each designer on their individual websites below:
It’s Amsterdam Fashion Week, so what are you wearing? A Yeezy jacket or a pink trenchcoat? Are you rocking the ultimate slingback street kid attire or opting for that James Dean (Daydreem) look (in your eyes)? This was our selection of streetwear for day 2. We don’t judge, we’re not the fashion-police, we just enjoy fashion and your own personal style. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Westergasterrein!
Mickey Kümmer and Joyce Bergevoet are the two winners of this year’s (the 33th) Elite Model Look Nederland. After a nerve wrecking finale in which all ten male models and all ten female models walked several rounds (sportswear, casual wear and cocktail styled by Danie Bles) host Lieke van Lexmond announced the two winners. Mickey and Joyce both receive a 3 year modelling contract with Elite Model Agency Worldwide and get to represent our country during the international finale. The next David Gandy or Lara Stone might just have been discovered.
It’s midnight by the ocean, the moonlight is shining over the (for this occasion) wavy catwalk as Zyanya Keizers’ models appear. They’re wearing pieces from the young designer’s brand new ‘Chiral’ collection inspired by nature and coral in specific. Deep sea dresses, jackets, skirts and tops in shades of blue, red and black are slowly following each other onto the runway. True one of a kind, handmade, mostly symmetric and – due to the beads – extremely heavy pieces, created with multiple beading techniques, reflecting molecules, organisms and coral structures. One by one representing the ultimate and perfect balance between art and fashion. With every piece being a mix of fantasy and timeless aesthetic. The beauty of the underwater world translated through clothing. As the show ended Keizers’ models stayed on the runway so the audience could take a closer look at the handcrafted ocean inspired designs. And the closer we got the more amazed we were. Wow!
When ‘Urban Couture for the non-confirmist’ is your tagline, you know you’ve found yourself a perfect little niche market. Sunday afternoon fashion brand I LKE COP made sure we’d remember it’s show opening with a live rap act followed by a selection of colorful cool, statement looks. Midi skirts, high waisted pants, oversized sweaters, boxy tops, loose jackets, a few dresses and a cropped top appeared contemporary, funky and super wearable. Especially if you rock those outfits with some Teva-looking sandals and sporty socks, right? We spotted some tweeds and some floral prints in the mix with some bold unicolored pieces in yellow, kobalt blue, cognac and mint. A standout collection by Brussel based designer Ilke Cop.
“With this collection I want to create peace in all chaos that surrounds us and shows the beauty that is still there”, explained Merel Glabbeek. Dark and moody was the vibe at her show. Starting with the loud desolate and gloomy music, ending with the black confetti falling from the ceiling, creating the right balance between structure and chaos. In between we were presented with a selection of nicely tailored long & lean looks. Wool jersey combined with materials like bamboo, canvas and lycra. With beaded embroideries that added to the luxurious feeling of the collection and gave the illusion of a new kind of fur. Shades of black, off white and pastel complemented the shapes of the fashion pieces. Unique, handmade pieces that together turned into collection ‘Hush’, defined by blended contrasts and strong, dark and feminine silhouettes. A collection that brought structure and chaos together.
Each season Given designs a wide range of mens- and womenswear. Yet on Sunday afternoon the label decided to only present it’s latest womenswear collection for SS2017. A collection with no less than 47 contemporary ready to wear looks in a soft palette of army greens, powder pinks, beige and sandy tones. The Given models appeared confident and ultra feminine sporting their skater skirts, body con dresses, waistcoats, lace-up pants and ruffled, off shoulder tops. Hair slightly curled, sexy legs on display, strutting the runway on their elegant open heels. All easy to wear / street chic items that will appeal to a lot of young Dutch women. The label believes that what you wear is a powerful statement about who you are. And we believe that’s a given.
As soon we arrived at the Transformatorhuis we knew something was up. SUE ft. VJR Jewels was not going to be your average LAB fashion show. As a starter there was a dog laying front row (that’s a first!). But there were also women in wheelchairs placed in front of the rest of the audience. As the first model appeared it became clear: Warriors of the new revolution turned out to be a fashion show on wheels.
All models elegantly drove onto the runway in a wheel chair making a clear statement on diversity. And why not present a collection shown by models in wheelchairs and therewith portraying a refreshing image of beauty. As far as designer Kelly Sue is concerned beauty comes from with. Her fashion label Sue is all about diversity and this collection spoke about power, militancy and spirit.
That power was visible in fashion classics like the trenchcoat, the jeans and the pencil skirt. All developed for a sitting position to perfectly fit the customer in a wheel chair. Even with the selection of fabrics designer Kelly Sue kept her special customer in mind opting for elastic and airy fabrics. A new fashion category of ‘Seated Fashion’ is born!
The selection of casual must’ve designs was given some extra strength by the army inspired VJR Jewels attached to the clothes, the gloves, the accessories. A doggy on the runway accompanying it’s owner all the way up to the photogapher’s pitch gave the show a welcome soft touch; ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ all over.
Not your average AFW show, but a perfect start of this sunny, fashion filled Sunday.
Who came out to support Liselore Frowijn and witness her SS2017 spectacle? Just click through our gallery above to see who was sitting front row at Liselore Frowijn at saturday night.
Who came out to get a first glimpse of the SS2017 Dennis Diem collection? Just click through our gallery of front row guests to find out.