Nikkie in Concert: where music meets fashion

December 12, 2018 by  
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Backstage people described the event as Nikkie’s own Victoria’s Secret show, but the show Nikkie Plessen pulled off this Tuesday night, was so much more than just that. NIKKIE IN CONCERT had (mostly) women of all ages going wild on a night filled with performances by some of the best Dutch musicians. Not many womenswear designers can say they filled a concert venue (AFAS) fit for 6000 people with fans and friends of their brand. And not just the line-up (Ronnie Flex, Waylon, Famke Louise, Lil Kleine, Ali B, Jeroen van der Boom, André Hazes and Xander de Buisonjé among others) was mindblowing. The audience filled with Dutch celebs (Martijn Krabbé, Johnny de Mol, John Ewbank), influencers (Noor de Groot, Monica Geuze, Kae Sutherland) and international topmodels like Kate Moss and Natascha Poly was just as impressive.

Anna Nooshin hosted the show, which formed the ultimate blend of music and fashion as models – dressed in the latest Nikkie designs – danced on stage to some of the greatest Dutch hits of the moment. When Waylon came on and performed his version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean a Victoria’s Secret inspired scene filled the stage and we got to see even more of Nikkie’s new collection (short skirts, knee high boots and beanies were the main fashion message). Of course in such an enormous venue, with so many great artists performing you can imagine it was hard to focus on the clothes. We’d love to see a few more show pieces next time, but it was a night to remember nevertheless.

If any upcoming designer wants to learn about branding he/she can take notes from what Nikkie is and has been doing for season after season now. Might you wonder if she’s able to pull of something even bigger and better? Just stay tuned and see what the next Nikkie event has in store for us. But for now, just enjoy some of last night’s show a bit more by clicking through our galleries of Show, Model and Celeb images.




Catwalk Trend Fall Winter 2018: Rainbow Colored

December 3, 2018 by  
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A little color never hurt nobody. Especially on a gloomy winter day it can cheer you (& others) up to wear a little extra color. That might have been the thought of a bunch of creative designers at designer brands like Balenciaga, Burberry, DelPozo and Emilio Pucci. Feeling moody? Shake your booty and click through our gallery of rainbow colored catwalk outfits. With Cara Delevingne for Burberry as the queen of all rainbow creations.

Menswear Streetwear Trend FW2018: Camel tones

November 27, 2018 by  
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Nothing as indispensable as a classic camel coat. Ask the Max Mara design team and they´ll tell you all about how they´ve build a large part of their success story around this fashion piece. And it´s not just an ever greener for the ladies, guys will look equally styling in a camel coat. Whether it´s from wool, corduroy or teddy. Yes, even with a funny face painted onto it the camel coat is a no brainer. Pair it with an oversized hoodie, a grey (track)suit and/or an orange colored beanie like the streetstyle stars in our gallery.

Lucas Ossendrijver Exits Lanvin: our highlights of his fourteen years of menswear design

November 17, 2018 by  
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After fourteen years serving as creative director for Lanvin’s menswear department Lucas Ossendrijver (1970) is exiting the label. Bruno Sialelli has been named as his potential successor for the troubled fashion house. Everything is being tried to bring back to live the century old luxury fashion label that became unprofitable for the first time in a decade in 2016 when it lost €18.3 million. In 2017, losses are said to have increased to €27 million. In 2015 Alber Elbaz left Lanvin, also after fourteen years. Lanvin has been without a womenswear designer since March this year. So two new creatives have to be named. But before we talk future plans and successors, let’s take a look at fourteen years of menswear created by the Dutch designer.

Ossendrijver graduated at Artez and started out designing at Kenzo and Dior Homme before stepping into the world of Lanvin menswear in 2006, which didn’t yet have a clear signature at that time. In fourteen years Ossendrijver managed – first together with Elbaz, later on by himself – to develop a Lanvin lifestyle/mindset for men of any age. And his Sunday morning shows always formed one of the highlights of Paris fashion week.

Clicking through his work his signature design code is present in any of his collections over the past fourteen years. Ossendrijver’s designs were about tailoring mixing in technical and activewear influences. His designs were classic (but with the right touch of modernity and surprise) and subtle, but the designer aspect of it showed in every look. And if you couldn’t see it at a first glimpse, you sure felt it after touching/feeling the fabric (he called himself a fashion whisperer). With Ossendrijver as creative director Lanvin menswear was never about hype or trend, it was about dressing natural and effortless. “My interest in fashion has more to do with clothes than with trend. I will never get bored of clothing, but I will of trends”, he said in a de Volkskrant interview in 2016.

The designer, who named the Fall/Winter 2010–2011 show as one of his favorites because he then really could feel the impact of what he sent out on the catwalk – played with proportions and asymmetry a lot. Besides the black, the white, the grey Ossendrijver used the most lovely, warm color palettes of burgundy, ocher and emerald green. His work is so consistent that if you now were to pick out the most colourful looks of any collection and put them together they’d form a perfect collection too. In any collection you could count on colourful footwear (Ossendrijver is keen on his sneakers made out of the best materials), remarkable headpieces and a quirky sense of styling. The model cast was always a surprise as well; skinny, punk-y boys (David Bowie is Ossendrijvers all time fashion inspiration) with flap ears, slightly feminine features and the most outstanding hairdos. “The models have to have enough personality to be able to wear my designs”, he told de Volkskrant.

Ossendrijver loved the pace of fashion. The opportunity to reinvent yourself every half year. In an interview when asked how he’d see himself in ten years from now Ossendrijver answered: “Gardening in a quiet spot somewhere, preferably in a sunny place, by the sea.” Let’s hope it’s not his net move yet. We’d love to see much more of his view on menswear fashion. But for now let’s look back at his most outstanding work:

Fashion Trend FW2018: High Shine

November 10, 2018 by  
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Whether it’s plastic, latex, patent leather or metallic you’re wearing a good autumn look needs a little shine. Chanel, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci and Simone Rocha all introduced us to a glossy glimmer look. Those high shine trenchcoats at Fendi being the trend’s leaders. Matching boots and bags to go! Are you ready for a new type of (waterproof) sexiness? Shine bright like a pair of rusty colored Chanel pants.

Streetwear Trend FW2018: Purple Rain

November 6, 2018 by  
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Nothing more elegant than a monochrome outfit. And this season we’re seeing it all over the streets. Blouse, pants, even the shoes can be the same shade. Ton sur ton (sur ton). The color of choice for this year? Purple! Whether amethyst, fuchsia or violet; who would have thought we’d be wearing all shades of purple this fall. Click through our gallery to see how our favorite streetstyle icons were wearing the look. Purple rain in full effect.

Kingpins Show Amsterdam October 2018

The first day of Kingpins Show Amsterdam october 2018 is a fact. Thank you for watching.

Streetwear Trend: Snake Alert

October 16, 2018 by  
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Sure, you might have picked up a snake skin bag or belt on your holiday in Bali. But if you’re really into this fall trend you’re gonna need much more than that. After we’ve lived in leopard for quite a few seasons the animalistic trend is now moving onto snakes. Full on snake print looks, that is. Inspired by the snake print runway looks at Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Cavalli and Gucci. Preferably in earthy tones, but some bright yellow might work too occasionally. All snake printed errthing, from the dress to the coat, the bag and the boots! Snake might just be the new neutral

Trinhbecx at Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week

October 13, 2018 by  
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Who knew waste could look this cool? Friday night the designer duo behind Trinhbecx presented their brand new collection made from waste materials. And boy did they exceed our expectations with their line up of original, young and vibrant looks.

The show, which is part of the Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week was scheduled as a “Talking Trash” show. And they couldn’t have picked a better designer duo for this event. Trinhbecx spoke of how they’d been looking for sustainable alternatives to existing materials such as leather and cotton. On their mission to deal with waste more consciously they came up with materials like viscose made from coffee grounds, leather made out of plant cells, and fruit waste turned into (XL) buttons.

You couldn’t tell all of this by watching the show. Cool kids were rocking colourful, sporty looks with a twist. Like the green look worn with purple sneakers that opened the show, made out of three different materials (both sheer and heavy leather like). Patchwork formed a big theme for Trinhbecx as the third look made of pastel shaded parts, sheer logo printed shorts and an animal inspired graphic print showed very clearly. An oversized white colored trenchcoat worn with a head wrap was followed by a pinstripe suits cinched at the waist by a big white belt. The graphic print returned on two fully printed coats with big pockets and buttons (utility mode on!). Sporty trainers, statement jewelry (piercings and colourful necklaces) and cool but practical bags (fanny packs and shoulder bags) brought everything together. An all black leather-ish, Matrix inspired outfit (long heavy coat and again a head wrap) concluded the show.

How amazing waste can look. We’d like a piece, or two.

Our review will follow shortly. For now please enjoy our images.

Streetfashion PFW Womenswear SS2019, Day 09

October 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Featured Items, Paris, Streetwear

What are you wearing during the fashionweeks? Your Off White-shoes, that Balenciaga-shirt or your latest Vetements-denim? Maybe we’ll spot you in Paris, Milan, New York or Amsterdam. During the fashionweeks we refresh our streetwear posts regularly. We don’t judge, we’re not the fashion-police, we just enjoy fashion and your own personal style. Next stop: Paris Fashion Week – Womenswear SS2019.

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