Mattijs Fashion Week Amsterdam FW2014
The first edition of the official Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam kicked off with Mattijs van Bergen presenting his fall/winter 2014 collection ‘Complementair’. Dutch (pregnant) actrice and longtime muse of Mattijs Jolanda van Berg opened the show by singing an a capella version of Starry, starry night by Don Mclean. Then from a gorgeous colored backdrop – inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s use of color – Mattijs’ models (with heavy, bright colored make-up on) slowly appeared, trees and falling leaves completed the setting. In collaboration with the Van Gogh museum Mattijs came up with a somewhat romantic, bright colored collection throughout which digital prints of Van Gogh’s work could be seen. On an extravagant, long evening gown or used, literally, as a kaleidoscopic all over print. The Dutch paintings could be seen more abstractly in just the use of colors (from his first dark works till the more explosively colored pieces of art). In between all the art references Mattijs’ signature could be seen, like in pleated skirts and jackets, duo colored pieces with graphic parts, metallic details and butterfly jewelry. New were the knitwear items combined with comfy pleated day-wear pants, which both appeared refreshing and seemed to be perfect commercial assets to Mattijs’ autumn ’14 collection.