It’s been a while since a summer trend was this well represented amongst the menswear collection. This season the suede jacket is taking over big time. From Balmain (that is focusing on suede with womenswear too) to Valentino, every major brand is working the sweet suede trend this summer. And even though suede might not (not at all!) be the most breathable fabric for the hottest months of the year it is everywhere. The best way to add summer suede to your wardrobe is by opting for neutrals, like Bottega Veneta, Coach, Fendi, Kenzo, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Valentino did. Etro opted for pink and Costume National went for the black on black on black ensemble you can never go wrong with. At Saint Laurent it was the fringed suede jacket that made the most impact and Lanvin’s short eighties version too looked highly desirable. And for those who want to join in on the suede fun for just a bit; just some touches of suede can be cool as well. Just take a look at the shoulder patches the models at J.W. Anderson and Gucci were rocking. And then there’s that patchwork Coach jacket that interprets the suede trend in it’s very own way. Have your pick and have a sweet suede summer!
Throw on a bomber jacket and you simply add instant street credibility to your look. Honestly, it’s the easiest way to rejuvenate your outfit and add some coolness to your outing. And the best part? The bomber works in so many ways. On a pencil skirt or on top of some destroyed denim; the bomber will always find it’s way. Whether you opt for shiny, silky, dragon embroidered or see through chic you’ll be fully on trend (inspired by the likes of Dries van Noten and Saint Laurent SS2016 and Louis Vuitton menswear SS2016) in this jacket.
And as you can see in our gallery the same goes for that good old college jacket (seen at Coach and Tommy Hilfiger FW2017). Whether color blocked or covered in patches; this iconic jacket will give your ensemble a welcome modern yet preppy touch. And with this collarless fashion number too the styling options are endless. Sporty or sassy; just have your pick! Just click through our street style selection to get inspirered and you’re bound to look da bomb this season.
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.
At Sunanda Chandry Koning the models had gone completely undercover. Their faces covered with large scarves, hats and glasses. A spooky effect combined with long cloaks draped over their shoulders. Some with a shimmer, one with a leopard print, another one with plastic pins and beads attached to it and there was one with floral appliques at the bottom. A fascinating collection for sure, but we’re not sure what to make of it yet.
They started out invidivually, one as a fashion designer, the other as an accessories designer. Their styles couldn’t be more different, so the thought of joining forces never really crossed their mind. Yet here we are, it’s Amsterdam Fashion Week and Dorrith en Marlous de Roode are presenting their joint collection under their name Les Souers Rouges. Inspired by history they’re collection is romantic yet tough. “We escape everyday life”, states Dorrith. “The world can be harsh in many things. We want to sent out creativity.” That creativity came through in impressive silhouettes, created by big skirts and voluminous jackets inspired by the former Zoo (1863) of The Hague. The sisters brought mesh and ruffles together (a contrast couldn’t be bigger) in a palette of black, white and light pinks. Impressive hairdos and accessories like monkey bags, butterfly belts and long silk scarves with animal prints completed the looks giving the show an exotic, Art Nouveau, fairytale touch.
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.