Take a good look around at any international fashion week and you’ll see the Dutch are everywhere. There’s not a show without Dutch models walking in it. Also, no collection presentation is complete without some Dutch editors in the audience. To top it off more and more Dutch bloggers are going abroad to attend shows and to be captured by the growing number of streetstyle photogs.
We had a blast shooting all the ‘Dutchies’ in the streets of Milan, Paris and New York. Especially the bloggers were a joy to look at and immediately became the main target of the fashion paparazzi.
In the gallery below you can take a look at the trendy editors, bloggers and models from the Netherlands. You’ll spot our top models Saskia de Brauw and Daphne Groeneveld. You’ll see the editors from ELLE, Glamour, NRC and Het Parool. Plus, you can check the looks of bloggers Linda & Niels, Sabrina and Yara.
The Dutch press had an extra reason to visit the John Richmond show today. Dutch celeb Yolanthe Sneijder Cabau (wife of Inter Milan soccer player Wesley Sneijder) walked in the show. She opened and closed the show and worked the runway like a pro, even though she’s not a model!
Meet Milou van Groesen, a 22-year old Dutch Model, who’s about to become big in the world of modelling. She has been modelling for a few years now. Yet it was only after Balenciaga let her open the latest show (SS2011) that Milou is getting everyone’s attention. Her agent has decided Milou she should take her career in a new, high end direction. ‘She represents a new cool’, she said. And it seems that’s already working out. We can’t wait to see more of this blonde Dutchie.
Name: Milou van Groesen
Birth Year: 8 April, 1988
Place of Birth: Den Helder, The Netherlands (she’s 100% Dutch)
Discovered: By A Models Amsterdam, while she was walking on the street.
Breakthrough: She opened the Balenciaga show (SS2011)
Fashion shows: Costello Tagliapietra, Staerk, Vera Wang, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Elise Øverland, Charlotte Ronson en Gaspard Yurkievich, Philip Lim and Balenciaga.
Agencies: Women Management (Paris)
Campaigns: Diesel and H&M
Signature look: Milou often looks like she’s under the influence of something. That’s probably what makes her stand out.
Admires: Kate Moenning’s style
Hobbies: Having a nice drink with my friends in the park and being at home with friends. Milou also plays guitar; her dad teaches her that. Yet she says her life is one big hobby.
Favorite music: She likes rock. Milou’s favorite bands are Uh Huh Her and Sleater-Kinney.
Check out Milou’s Screen Test below:
A beauty with brains, that’s how we would describe Dutch model Saskia de Brauw. She started modeling at the age of 16, then took a break to finish her study and now she is back! With her age, she’s 29 now, she has more to offer than just a pretty face. This girl has something to say too. And if she’s not modeling she works on her art projects.
Name: Saskia de Brauw
Birth Year: 1981
Place of Birth: a village near Amsterdam
Discovered: at the age of 16
Breakthrough: her second breakthrough happened in 2010. Saskia did a casting for Prada and became the new face or Eres (she took over Lara Stone for this job). Models.com named her (at the age of 29) as one of the New Faces.
Fashion shows: Givenchy, Balenciaga, Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson (SS2011)
Agencies: VIVA, Paparazzi
Signature look: Short dark hair, androgyny
Quote: ‘Modeling was never a dream. Yet thanks to my work as a model I could afford my study. I’d prefer to call myself a visual artist.’
Dreams of: Doing a shoot for Vogue in which she can be more of a character than a model. Saskia also dream of living in Paris.
Admires: Stella Tenant, Helena Christensen, Freja Beha and Lara Stone
Saskia has her own website, check: saskiadebrauw
Meet another new Dutchie. Her name is Iris Egbers and she’s become popular as a model very quickly. She was exclusively booked by Calvin Klein and walked some great other shows (SS2011) too. People love her because she is beautiful in a very classic way.
Name: Iris Egbers
Date of Birth: 12 May, 1992
Place of Birth: Breda, The Netherlands
Discovered: Iris herself sent pictures to modeling agency Micha Models.
Breakthrough: the Calvin Klein show SS2011
Fashion shows: Jil Sander, Dries van Noten, Calvin Klein, Barbara Bui, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Sonia Rykiel, Celine, Ann de Meulenmeester
Agencies: Women (Milan), Micha Models (Amsterdam)
Personal style: Jeans with T-shirt, high heels, long hair.
Obsessed with: Beautiful people
Favorite food: Pasta, pizza, salads.
Favorite movie: The notebook
Favorite designers: Alexander Wang
Style Icon: Kate Moss
Personal motto: Just live every day and smile.
For the spring/summer fashion show of Viktor & Rolf fashion illustrator Piet Paris created a wonderful backdrop. The colorful and fashionable illustration looked fantastic and everyone really seemed to love it.
Viktor & Rolf approached Piet Paris, who was their teacher in art school before, for this project, because they love his work. They gave him a short briefing and let Piet Paris fill in the rest of the picture.
So far Piet Paris has worked for big international clients like Vogue, Harpers Bazar, W Magazine and Saks Fifth Avenue. And we think it’s absolutely great that he and Viktor & Rolf worked together on this. It once again proves how much talent we have in the Netherlands.
On 14 October Piet Paris will launch his own book, which will cover his best illustrations from the past twenty years. On that same day he will present a stamp he designed. Backstage at Viktor & Rolf Piet Paris said: ‘I started this year by designing my own small stamp and it’s funny that it seems like it ends with an enormous backdrop of 18 by 6 meters.’
She just popped up out of nowhere and is planning to stay around for a while. Dutch model Melissa Tammerijn (19) from Delft started off as a runway model last season (fall/winter 2010). And lucky for her she already got to walk in big shows like Marni, Balenciaga, Viktor & Rolf and Sonia Rykiel. Besides, Melissa was booked exclusive for the Calvin Klein fashion show, in which she walked next to accomplished models like Stella Tennant and Kirsty Hume.
With her bright blond hair and her strong face Melissa is often compared to Uma Thurman. And she might just become as well-known as the blond actress.
Recently Style.com, as well as, Models.com named Melissa as one of the Ten New Faces from last season. Last year Patricia van der Vliet and Mirte Maas were in that top ten, so the Dutch models are going strong.
Melissa is taking her career very serious and has already moved to London. Let’s hope we’ll hear a lot more from this dazzling Dutch beauty in the future!
One of the Dutch Models that is internationally moving towards the top is Lara Stone. The daughter of a Dutch mother and a British father is doing well in the modelling industry. Ever since she signed with modelling agency IMG in 2006 she’s really breaking through.
For spring/summer 2010 we saw her in shows of Givenchy, Chanel, Miu Miu, Hermes and Prada. Yet she’s also doing well in photo shoots. The French Vogue payed a tribute to the Dutch model in their February issue of this year and The British Vogue recently named her Girl Of The Year. Stone appears in big photo shoots in major international fashion magazines, as if she was born for the modelling business.
Every big fashion brand wants her in their show or campaign. And although Lara Stone didn’t walk in the Louis Vuitton fashion show, she will feature in the SS2010 ad campaign of the brand. In this position she will follow up Madonna, who was the LV face for 2009.
It seems Stone will be one of the future super models. Will she be the next Kate Moss or Claudia Schiffer? Anyway, we’re very proud she is Dutch.
We’re not the only Dutch fashionpro’s sweating our way around in Milan. John de Greef from Elsevier (at the backround) never misses a show and nearly any presentation, Michou Basu of De Telegraaf (right) always stays until the end and Bas van Schaik (middle) is there were the action is!