Our third preview is about Bas Kosters, who will show his fall/winter 2012/2013 collection at the openings-night on Wednesday 25 January at 09.00 PM. He spoke with us about his brand new collection and the amazing show he is planning to hold.
“During our fashion show we’re not only presenting a new collection. We are also launching the second edition of my own magazine Extrakak, a new song and a new video. Last year’s show was not your average fashion show, but for us it was a big success. We probably won’t be able to exceed that show, but we’re definitely trying to build a party just as big within the boundaries of the Amsterdam Fashion Week.”
“Like always we’re working on many different projects at once, yet it’s those extra projects, like making a magazine, that give me extra energy and get me inspired. So, although it’s quite busy at the moment I love doing such a variety of things. Besides, I have seven interns which can help me out to get everything done in time.”
“I am pretty confident everything will work out right and in time, so I am not really stressed. The days of working nights to finish off the collection are behind us. Now we just start working a little harder and longer several weeks before the show, so there’s less pressure. Yet we probably will still work the weekend before the show.”
“We’re very excited to be part of the Amsterdam Fashion Week again. Especially since the ‘International’ has been left off and it’s more about the fashion than the event. I am also very glad Carlo is now on board. It’s thanks to Vodafone that we can participate. Otherwise we would probably not have showed during fashion week, since we’re trying to focus a bit more on the international market. Luckily Vodafone and us turned out to be great partners. They’re more than just the sponsor, so we’re already talking about doing more projects together.”
“The great thing about holding a fashion show is experiencing the moment in which everything falls into place; it’s something magical every time. I also very much enjoy looking back on the photos and videos afterwards; it’s so rewarding. And we work with a fantastic team, great models, good make-up artist and very talented music producers so working with these people is already such a joy.”
“The theme of the new collection is called ‘1, 2, tree’ and has everything to do with the contrast between life in the city and the longing for nature. We try to combine those two in a visual and a conceptual way. For instance, we’ve created two monsters city versus nature. One is evil, impatient and arrogant, the other is sweet, loving and fragile. Those two metaphors will be visible in our new prints.”
“We worked with off-tones, black, deep-blue, but also with ‘non-colors’ like mustard and petrol. In the colors, as well as in the materials you will clearly see the contrast between city influences and nature. That’s all I can tell, the rest you will have to go and experience yourself!”
Photography Jeannette Huisman@Team Peter Stigter
Designers, models, editors and even bloggers; as of now they are all listed in Vogue’s online encyclopedia Voguepedia. Websites can stop making their own database and we can start looking everyone up over here. Vogue is actually doing some more database-work; every single issue since the beginning of Vogue has been put online and will soon be available (for those who pay for it). Imagine looking through all these classic pages, wow!
22. Kanye West failure
Well, it wasn’t necessarily a highlight of 2011, but it truly was something we won’t soon forget. Kanye’s first fashion show! We bet he still has nightmare about it. We’re curious if Kanye’s going to give it another try next season, but the fact remains that his designer debut failed to impress.
23. Versace for H&M
The Versace for H&M collection was, like other designer for H&M collections, a big hit. We fell in love with the black leather with gold details and are planning to wear those palmtree prints during the whole summer. The collection might not have sold out as soon as the other designercollections, but it definitely was one of the most remarkable ones.
24. Graphic Prints
A simple floral doesn’t do it anymore these days. If you want to score as a designer you come up with your very own digital prints. Like the gorgeous creations of Proenza Schouler or the vivid designs of Mary Katrantzou. The latest prints are so very alive, it’s like watching a 3D fashion show.
25. Team Vogue NL
After months of rumours it was finallyconfirmed; in 2012 a Dutch version of Vogue will be launched. With those three ladies of the Dutch Glamour on board we believe it is going to be a huge success. So that’s something great to look forward to for the next year. Now let’s go & celebrate!
With just a few days left of 2011, we continue our hit list of this year. ‘Cause boy, what a year it was! The year of Galliano, Kate Middleton and Emmanuelle Alt. A year in which colorblocking, seventies and polka dots became the biggest trends. A year full of new clothing lines and collaborations (Versace for H&M, Missoni for Target, Lanvin & Marni kids). Yet also a year filled with goodbyes (Carine Roitfeld, D&G, Amy Winehouse). Join us in our retrospect of 2011…
16. Best Dressed Babies
Rachel Zoe and Victoria Beckham both had their babies this year. Now you wouldn’t normally name this in a Best Of List. Yet since the two little ones (Skyler and Harper) are already the best dressed babies on the planet, we just had to. Harper’s outfits are closely watched by international fashion editors and Skyler already gets custom made Gucci items delivered. It all seems too crazy for words, right? But since Rachel Zoe and Victoria Beckham keep on expanding their fashion empires and are becoming more and more influential this is real serious business.
In one year we went from seventies to sixties, only to end back in the twenties. And though we’re heading back to the style of The Great Gatbsy, those sixties influences will sure be around for a while. The short skirts, the straight dresses, the knee length boots and not to forget those cute Peter Pan collars.
18. New Kids Collections
Lanvin, Versace and Marni all announced their first kids collections this year. An interesting development, next to many new diffusion lines that are being launched. Is this what people want to spend their money on? At least we know the above named fashion ladies will make the investment for their toddlers.
19. Doutzen turns actress
Models turned actresses, you hear it all the time. Yet Doutzen’s case it actually turned out pretty well. The Dutch beauty was cast in the very first Dutch 3D movie and has had nothing but good critics so far. Let’s hope she won’t swap fashion for film for good.
20. Polka Dots
If someone had told you one year ago polka dots would become a big trend again, you probably wouldn’t have believed them. But it turns out Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs were quite convincing with their fall/winter collection. Everyone wanted to get their hands on that Stella dress and the Jacobs skirt was an incredibly popular streetstyle item. Every high street store copied the trend, now let’s see how long it lasts…
With New Year’s Eve ’round the corner we take some time to look back on another great fashion year. ‘Cause boy, what a year it was! The year of Galliano, Kate Middleton and Emmanuelle Alt. A year in which colorblocking, seventies and polka dots became the biggest trends. A year full of new collections and collaborations (Versace for H&M, Missoni for Target, Lanvin & Marni kids). Yet also a year filled with goodbyes (Carine Roitfeld, D&G, Amy Winehouse). Join us in our retrospect of 2011…
Here are highlights 11 to 15 of this year:
11. The end of D&G
With their spring/summer collection for 2012 Domenice Dolce and Stefano Gabbana ended their D&G fashion line (what a loss!). The two very talented Italian designer will from now on focus on their main line, Dolce & Gabbana. We wish them the best of luck!
12. Androgyne & transsexual models
Transsexual model Lea T and male model Andrej Pejic (who looks like a woman, but is still a man) have become a big hit in the fashionworld over the past two years. Both of them walk fashion shows and appear on magazine covers. Andrej Pejic even became the face (or eh.. body) of a push-up bra created by Dutch department store Hema. Also, Dutch transsexual model Valentijn de Hingh is doing very well. She is now nominated for an ELLE style award.
13. Prada’s Bananas
If we had to name a success collection of 2011 it would, without a doubt, be Prada’s spring/summer collection. Prada’s bananas became an instant hit (who whould have thought that?!) and her bold stripes and bright colors were copied by fashion brands all over the world. The collection was even featured on more than 77 covers. Props for Miuccia!
14. Designer Collaborations
After the great success of the H&M designercollections more high street brands are collaborating with luxury fashion houses. This year’s Missoni for Target, Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla, Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s and Carine Roitfeld and Terry Richardson for Colette were a big hit!
With New Year’s eve ’round the corner we take some time to look back on another great fashion year. ‘Cause boy, what a year it was! The year of Galliano, Kate Middleton and Emmanuelle Alt. A year in which colorblocking, seventies and polka dots became the biggest trends. A year full of new collections and collaborations (Versace for H&M, Lanvin & Marni kids). Yet also a year filled with goodbyes (Carine Roitfeld, D&G, Amy Winehouse). Join us in our retrospect of 2011…
Here are highlights 6 to 10 of this year:
6. More & more fashion documentaries
Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Fendi and Yves Saint Laurent. Turns out every major fashion label is now producing it’s own documentary. And since we can’t get enough of those movies we’re also super excited about the Bill Cunningham and upcoming Diana Vreeland docs.
7. Kate Moss marries in Galliano
After all the bad press Galliano got in the beginning of 2011 Kate Moss supported him (big time) by wearing one of his creations on her big day. In a gorgeous Galliano gown she got married to her love Jamie Hince.
8. Saskia & Daphne
We couldn’t be more proud of Dutchies Daphne Groeneveld and Saskia de Brauw. They were the newcomers of 2010 and the stars of 2011! Both girls were featured in multiple ad grand campaigns and editorials and reached a supermodel status.
9. R.I.P. Amy Winehouse
She may not have had her own fashion line (besides her work for Fred Perry), but she truly inspired the fashion world with her outspoken looks (big hair & thick eyeliner). Not only did we loose a great singer when Amy died, we also lost a extraordinary style icon.
10. Seventies Chic
2011 was all about the seventies revival; flared pants, floppy hats, large sunglasses, hippie chic headbands and platform heels. We sure loved every bit of it!
With New Year’s eve approaching we take some time to look back on another great fashion year. ‘Cause boy, what a year it was! The year of Galliano, Kate Middleton and Emmanuelle Alt. A year in which colorblocking, seventies and polka dots became the biggest trends. A year full of new collections and collaborations (Versace for H&M, Lanvin & Marni kids). Yet also a year filled with goodbyes (Carine Roitfeld, D&G, Amy Winehouse). Join us in our retrospect of 2011…
Here are the first five highlights of this year:
1. Galliano in Trouble
It came as quite a shock. After designer John Galliano was ‘caught’ on tape making several anti-semitic remarks he was fired by Dior. Although many believe Dior and the media were too hard on Galliano, the fact remains that his reputation was seriously damaged. Dior still hasn’t found a new head of designer (though rumors of Raf Simons taking over the job are getting more severe) and Galliano still isn’t back on track either.
The colorblock trend started with Gucci and quickly became one of the most popular spring/summer looks of this year. Mixing bright colors together in one look definitely was all the rage in 2011.
3. Kate marries in Sarah Burton
It was one of the most talked about topics for months; Kate Middleton’s bridal gown.
The queen to be ended up getting married in a classic Sarah Burton dress, which immediately received everyone’s approval. (Ph: McQueen dress by Sarah Burton)
4. Carine Roitfeld’s New Activities
Who thought Carine was just going to sit around after leaving Vogue has it all wrong. This busy bee has been handling some great great styling projects for Barneys and Chanel, to name a few…
5. Welcome Emmanuelle Alt!
As the new editor in chief of Vogue Paris Emmanuelle is doing pretty well. She kicked off her new job by putting Gisele Bundchen on the cover. Wow!
A cool hats is the perfect finishing of a trendy look. It will make heads turn in the streets and if you wear it during the international fashion weeks you will definitely get your picture taken by the fashion paparazzi. In Milan and London we spotted Olivia Palermo and Rachel Zoe sporting their signature hat looks, but we saw many more cool headpieces. Like a cap with bunny ears attached to it, a leather aviator hat and let’s not forget the leopard cherries on Anna dello Russo’s hat.
Out of all hats we spotted this season, we selected our Top 5.
Below you can find our gallery full of funky hats.
If you ask us, studs and leather are the best combination of things since macaroni and cheese. And we’re not the only ones. Leather and studs have been a big hit for decennia. You can spot them anywhere in the streets. It doesn’t even have to be fashion week.
Yet if you wanna see some true treasure examples you’ll have to go to Milan, London, Paris and New York. During the latest fashion season we’ve seen the tough trend popping up everywhere. We saw some cool examples on shoes, bags and leather jackets worn by women as well as men.
Anna dello Russo wore her studded leather Versace for H&M dress as one of the first in the world. And since that collection has just been launched, we expect the trend only to get bigger.
In bloggerland there’s even a serious trend of Do It Yourself studded fashion items. So next season we’re sure going to be seeing many more studded styles on the streets.
For years they were assumed to be dull and old fashioned, but thanks to designers like Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney polka dots are top notch again. A year ago wearing a polka dot dress might have been a woman’s worst nightmare, now all girls want to get their hands on this fabulous print. Dresses, skirts, bags and even tights with polka dots on them have become the it-items of this fall/winter.
The good thing about it is: you will never have enough. Besides the blouse you’ll need a skirt, tights, scarf and even shoes with polka dots. Plus, after you’ve collected all the classic shades (blue, black, white, red) you can always start to collection the less obvious colors like neon, purple and orange.
Once surrender to this trend you’ll discover it’s Way Fun!
Just check our gallery below for some extra Polka Dot inspiration.
There are a few things every woman should definitely have this winter. Some are more basic than others, but if you’re fashion girl these items are a necessity. They’re fashionable enough to be completely on trend. Yet there also simple enough to be able to mix & match them with items from your own wardrobe.
Our Winter Musthave list contains the following items:
A warm coat can become your best friend in winter. Make sure you buy one that keeps you warm, can last throughout the winter season and is stylish as well.
The minimalistic trend is still hot in fashion land. Make sure you get your hands on the simplest dress you can find and you’ll look effortlessly chic.
A great item to make a fashion statement and a great solution to a bad hair day too. Fedora of Floppy, choose your favorite!
Youthful & innocent; that’s the look you get when wearing a sixties dress. Opt for a version with checks and, if you dare, a Peter Pan collar.
You don’t have to be a bondage fan to pull of this look. Just opt for a cool black leather piece (jacket, dress) and style it in your own way.
(Fake) Fur is hot every winter, yet this time around it’s more colorful and playfull than ever before. If a coat’s too much, just opt for a vest or stola.
The jewel tones, introduced by Gucci, are the colors of this season. Emerald, Citrine, Amethyst or Ruby; pick your favorite!
As if they don’t have enough for their selves this winter the ladies are still borrowing from their men’s wardrobe. A cool masculine suit never goes too waste.
Stella and Marc nailed the polka dot trend with their f/w collections and now we all want to get our hands on this trend. You can see it on dresses, sweaters, skirts and even on tights. Sexy!
Don’t have enough curves of your own? Fake it with a round shaped dress or a jacket with puffy arms. Some shiny version might be your best option.
The forties are back, which means skirt lengths have dropped a few inches. This winter you wear your pencil skirt below the knee.
And while skirts are getting longer, necklaces are supposed to be short. The choker probably is your best option and the coolest way to wear it is over a blouse.
You eather love it or hat it, but busy prints are one of the big trends this winter. Wear multiple prints in one look if you’re a real daredevil.