On Tuesday fashion designer Claes Iversen presented his spring/summer collection for next year. He chose the Felix Meritis building (a meeting place for art, culture and science) in Amsterdam as his show location; the perfect spot for a fashion show.
To the sound of piano’s the first model appeared in the round show area. She wore a white dress embroidered with hundreds of butterflies. Even her braided hair had butterflies in it. While the model was waiting to start her runway walk, small butterflies came falling down from the ceiling.
Those butterflies appeared to be the theme of the show. For Claes they represented the passing of time, beauty and fragility. They were everywhere; attached to skirts and dresses, but also in yellow and white prints (and even in our goodiebag!). Though the butterflies were something new for Claes, they reminded us of the post-its he’d used is a previous collection.
Apart from butterflies Claes showed a lot of pleats in his summer collection. He designed pleated skirts, dresses and tops. Other show stopping items were several detailed corsets, made with lots of patience and combined with, for example, a pleated or a feather skirt. The sand-shaded jumpsuits and trench coat-inspired jackets were a little more save, but just as stylish.
Overall the collection was beautifully made, pretty wearable and feminine. The color palette existing of hues of beige and sand, mixed with coral/salmon pink, turquoise and light yellow seemed perfect for spring. And hats off to the styling team who combined nude-colored knee stockings with high heels, waist belts, eye-catching clutches and gorgeous hair.
Today Project Catwalk (RTL5) winner Roos van der Kamp showed her third collection Come out and play. The designing of streetstyle clothes she became so good at during the television show was visible again as she presented a mix of comfortable and sporty clothes.
The independent, confident woman Roos designs for definitely was ready to go ‘out and play’. She wore modern, trendy clothes with loose silhouettes, strong geometrical shapes and soft fabrics.
Her pants were wide and had obvious elastic bands. Her tops had accentuated, well-made shoulders, yet Roos already made a lot of those during Project Catwalk.
Two ‘jackets’ (in red and green) had very pointy shoulders and resembled big envelopes. Several jumpsuits and sportive shorts looked very cool.
The leggings and the bathing suit full of cutouts were not really our taste, but hey, there always needs to be room for improvement.
About Roos van der Kamp
Roos (1984) graduated in 2005 at the HKU. She founded her own company Roparosa in 2007. In 2010 she won television program Project Catwalk. This Fashion Week she presented her third collection Come out and play, being able to show her line was one of the prices of the television show.
We were backstage at the Daryl van Wouw fashion show. We spotted how the models got their remarkable make-up and the colorful hair. Check it out!
In the Dagmag goodiebag we received, we found:
Marie Claire magazine
Looxx glasses cage
Tipico Rio folder
Estimated Value: 8,-
Kim Bakkers’ new fashion collection was inspired by lost tribes, people who live isolated and free of influences from other civilizations. Therefore it was called ‘Uncontacted’.
For this collection Kim reinterpreted the ethnic symbols of the lost tribes into a contemporary aesthetic. She translated their rich cultural traditions and hand-drawn body decorations into roughly geometric, clear-cut, hand drawn grid divisions.
The catwalk was surrounded by little speakers which created special extra sound effects during the show. For that Kim partnered with Steim, a music institution dedicated to live performance.
We saw perfect pleated pants with low crotches, cosy cardigans, asymmetric shirts and geometric prints. They all looked very well made and super comfy. Kim used materials like Japanese denim, wool and linen mixes. She also thought of the environment by choosing for organic and recycled cottons.
Shades of indigo ink, sand, poison green and off white formed a nice color palette. Especially in the prints these shades looked good together.
Kim cut off the length of the clothes which made the cardigans in particular look strangely short in a way. Some of the sweaters appeared a bit too hot for next summer, but overall Kim showed a strong collection.
The Red Rail fashion show was a special show this Amsterdam Fashion Week with clothes you can buy by giving your blood. The goodiebag was special too, it contained:
Book: The Gift
Folder with postcards
Estimated value: 5,-
Like Monique Collignon Hunkemöller is not the typical Amsterdam Fashion Week show, but there’s nothing bad to say about the lingerie an sich. The new collection ‘Women in bloom’ had some good pieces in it. The models looked lovely and walked the runway very elegantly, winking and smiling at the audience on the way.
The collection for next winter formed a good mix of romance, temptation and fantasy. Of course we know Hunkemöller makes great lingerie, but the brand never takes itself too seriously. Therefore the items of the show had playful accents.
The first few looks were soft, romantic; lots of nudes, dreamy shades and flowers. Lace little sleeves, satin bows and richly styled backs completed the looks. After that the models wore some Art Work pieces with more color (wintery green) and materials like satin, lace and veil. The Shapewear collection was made out of state of the art fabrics and high tech designs. It had soft pink and black shades. The Glamour serie had feminine shapes and high waisted pants. The show was ended by a model wearing a body with strass beads and the solid contours of a skirt. Not really fashion, but sure fun to watch!
Though Monique Collignon is not really the kind of designer you’d expect at the Amsterdam Fashion Week. She was there to show her new collection of the line MC by Monique Collignon.
There was a whole different fashion crowd then we’re used to at AIFW-shows. Mostly people with money and hardly any journalists attended the show. They had a great time.
The new line was classy with a fun twist. A black jumpsuit, a turquoise top and a white pair of pants all had silver embellishments. And there were dresses with ruffles, lace and golden belts.
Shades of black, beige and white alternated each other in the show and towards the end Collignon also added a few animal prints one some airy summer tops and dresses. A black leather lady’s suit appeared almost Gothic, while a gray/silver one with a white belt worn over it, looked stunning.
Not everything breathed as much fashion as it was supposed to. Yet there were some good pieces. It was also nice that, for a change, the models walked the runway in a confident smooth way, instead of stumbling towards the end.
And most important: the clothes will definitely appeal to the Collignon woman. There’s no doubt she won’t be able to find a good work-/party outfit in this collection.
On Friday Hyun Yeu presented his womenswear collection just one day after his menswear show. There were ten looks ranging from a long peach-colored gala gown to a black lace party dress.
The blouses looked very good, especially a transparent black one. They had special shoulders and sleeves. A strong jacket with cut sleeves looked very good.
Like in Hyun Yeu’s menswear collections the womenswear pants looked great. The lace and sequined dresses would be great for a night out, yet they were not very outspoken and could have had more of a Hyun Yeu touch.
Such a pity there were only ten looks, we would have loved to see more…
A lot of people came to see which young design talent won the Frans Molenaar Award. Check out the front row of this fashion/award show.