Silverscreen cult favorite Nikita, Luc Besson’s femme fatale of the 90′s, was Jan Boelo’s inspiration for his fall winter 2013 collection entitled Deserted Eagle. Within Temptation’s singer Sharon ten Adel performed live during the show and that also set the tone for the vibe that surrounded the clothes: rock’n roll. Boelo’s new collection showcased skinny men’s and women’s metallics, tailored blazers and a-symmetrical cut dresses. There was also oversized outerwear, corduroy suits and ballet-inspired cross-over tops. Fringes, hats and wrapped scarves gave it all a bohemian look and feel.
Take a look backstage at Jan Boelo, where the designers gets his girls and boys ready for a rockin’ show.
Once again Jan Boelo’s show was fully booked tonight. Several Dutch celebs came to support the 24-year old designer, who gave his first evening show. The Boelo spectacle started with a backdrop video in which transsexual model Valentijn de Hingh vandalized a car, which lit on fire a few minutes later. The fire remained a backdrop during the rest of the show in which Jan Boelo’s military team returned home after battle.
His female models wore sexy shiny dresses, T-shirts with shoulder pads, tight statement jackets and figure accentuating pencil skirts. The guys sported sleeveless leather jackets, fully buttoned blouses, shiny shorts and hand knitted sweaters.
To make the dark, leather looks even heavier Jan added his signature chains, personalized Jan Boelo medals, eye-catching guys’ earrings, military caps and a heavy metal soundtrack that almost blew up the AFW-speakers. Valentijn Hingh closed the show and after all models appeared on stage Jan Boelo went out with a bang.
After having presented his previous collections in the afternoon Jan Boelo will hold a big evening show in collaboration with phone company Sizz during upcoming Amsterdam Fashion Week. And so Jan is going big with his collection too this season. “We’re creating about forty to fifty looks this time, twice the number of looks we did last year”, says Boelo. “Of course it tougher, but the number of team members working on the collection is doubled too and we’ll get some extra help the coming weeks, so we’ll manage. Since I only want to show the strongest looks we eventually might edit out about five of them during the styling process, but for now we’re just creating enough options.”
In the navy
The theme of Jan’s spring summer collection will be military, inspired by an editorial in French Vogue. “I’m showing all kinds of variations of the uniform. The army and the navy will be big themes in the show. The runway show will be a triumph, after battle. This means besides uniforms I will present garments men and women wear when returning home after war, for example leather long johns. All designs (in shades of sand, army, navy, red, white, blue, silver and gold ) will be slightly destroyed and the models’ hair and make-up too will look a bit off, in line with the theme”, Jan explains.
Seks & wax
The pieces will have a slightly different fit compared to last season, yet there’s no doubt they will still breathe the same amount of sex and rock. Jan: “The military jackets will be extremely tailored, T-shirts will be super tight, yet pants will be slightly looser and there is a focus on the shoulders. You’ll see my signature leather and jersey, plus I’ve used a special wax fabric for some of the coats and jackets. I will even present a sweater knitted out of chains, we are working on right now.”
Jan already has a famous clientèle of mainly artists (Caro Emerald, Daily Bread and Ellen ten Damme) who wear his designs on stage. And it seems he inspires them as much as they do him. “The fabrics I use work really well on stage, since they’re often very shiny. It’s the stand out pieces (his metallic pants and baroque jackets from previous collections) that are selling the best. In Paris (where his designs are sold at Le Vestibule) a selection of Jan Boelo jackets was even sold out in four days. Jan: “The great thing is that even abroad mostly musicians and performers, people I’m inspired by, buy my designs.”
And oh my do stars love Jan Boelo. Ever since his first fashion show he has had a star studded front row, something he never would have imagined. “I’m only 24 years old and I am actually just starting out. Sometimes I can not even believe some of the famous Dutch artists would actually come to my show.” Looking far ahead with his career is thus something Jan doesn’t do. “It’s hard to plan things, but of course I would love to expand. I would like to sell my clothes in London, Italy, Germany and Scandinavia, but time will tell if that will happen.”
Friday the 13th
For now Jan is finishing up his collection and is excited about the show. “I’m showing on the same day as Bas Kosters and Spijkers en Spijkers, so it will be a great day even though it will be Friday the 13th. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show together with them. ‘Cause I feel making Amsterdam Fashion Week a success is something you do together.”
Jan Boelo will show his Spring Summer 2013 collection on Friday 13 July at 09.00 PM
Fashion is vaporized. All cameras are packed. Make up dissolved. The stage disappeared. This 16th edition of Amsterdam Fashion Week attracted almost 20.000 people. Visitors enjoyed the vibe and nice shows, to name some highlights: the openingnight with Bas Kosters and Sjaak Hullekes, the Lab-shows, Sage & Ivy-show, SIS by Spijkers & Spijkers, Jan Boelo and the Cast Iron-show. A special thanks to the organization of Amsterdam Fashionweek who made it all work out smoothly.
We’re on our way already to the next fashionweeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris.
So we’ll meet again.
Check out the star studded front row of the Jan Boelo fashion show.
This edition of Amsterdam Fashion Week we focus at designers and their biggest supporters: their family. Where would they be without their mom, dad, brother(s), sister(s)and or grandma’s? They help finishing their designs, they drive the car, they cheer them up and cry emotional tears. The next family we would like to present is Jan Boelo with his brother Bas.
“If you don’t wanna fuck me baby, fuck off”. Jan Boelo’s music was loud, raw and rough, completely in line with his Upper East Side- inspired collection. He presented tight cut suits, skirts and long dresses made out of shiny materials; clothes that are worn during wild parties at private clubs.
The show represented the journey back home through the pooring rain. Wild hair, faded make-up and sunglasses. To accentuate the ‘wet look’ Jan used jerseys and lace with a subtle shiny effect.
For women Jan showed long skirts got extra high slits and tops got extra deep cleavages. Jackets were cut to the body and got special zip and pocket details. Knit accents on leather leggings added some extra flexibility (so girls can party in them all night long).
Sweatpants, tailored shirts and tight suits were the main party options for men. Jan even arranged some relaxing outfits (like sportswear pants and T-shirt with a loose turtleneck) fort hem to wear the morning after.
Partying with Jan Boelo means you’re in for a rough ride and with clothes like this staying up all night is not hard at all…
The show of Jan Boelo set the stage on fire. His rock’n roll punk-inspired-collection seemed perfect for a summer festival. Backstage the atmosphere was rockin’ too, with models getting their dark make-up and chain-decorations.
The collection of Jan Boelo really rocked, as did the backstage. Take a look at one of the last shows at the AIFW SS2012.