M-ODE Amsterdam: An Introduction

June 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Amsterdam, Fashion, Featured Items

Like any other year this week the Westergasterrein is (more or less) our temporary office. Yet this time around we’re based here for something other than Amsterdam Fashion Week. It’s M-ODE and it’s first edition of We Make M-ODE (part of We Make the City) that has us and other fashion professionals and fanatics gathered at the Westergasfabriek the upcoming days.

M-ODE is a completely new fashion initiative by fashion teacher Peter Leferink (48) and former Amsterdam Fashion Week director Iris Ruisch (43). It is a foundation which focuses on sustainability and therefore each and every fashion show, presentation or event this week is sustainable in a way. Whether it is a designer who chooses not to produce new collections every other season, a design collective producing eco-fabrics or someone like Bas Kosters who produces his new collection out of old (not sold Kingsday) clothes.

A fashion event with a 5 day programme like M-ODE turned out to be wasn’t even what Iris and Peter had in mind when they first decided to join forces. But as they spoke to the first designers interested (a few of whom were planning on showing during Amsterdam Fashion Week in January anyway) more people become enthusiastic and new ideas kept coming. And so for four months straight it was like a M-ODE roller coaster for Iris and Peter. Apart from fashion shows at the Westergasfabriek – with Bas Kosters’ show on Saturday evening being the biggest spectacle – there are lots of sustainable activities organized. Like workshops, a clothing exchange market, readings and a sustainable fashion route leading consumers to workspaces and (pop-up) shops. Not just the Westergasfabriek, but VondelCS and het Bos en Lommerplein have their own activities organized as well.

If you’d look at the schedule you’d hardly believe that M-ODE didn’t even start as an event hosting initiative. Supporting/coaching young fashion entrepreneurs for at least one and a maximum of three years, teaching them about the right balance between creativity, finance and the importance of collaborating, that is what Iris and Peter had in mind in the first place. A wonderful initiative that is off to a good start with a great first week filled with events . Stay tuned for more M-ODE updates on our Instagram, Facebook and blog.

We Make M-ODE, 20 t/m 24 juni, Amsterdam



Graduation Collections ARTEZ 2018

June 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Arnhem, Fashion, Featured Items, Graduationshows

The Artez graduation show reminded us why we love graduation collections so much. It had all the right ingredients. It was vibrant, experimental yet professional, versatile, exciting, promising, futuristic as well as retrospectic, simplistic as well as theatrical, refreshing, crazy, fun, cool, tough and what not. From Emma Wessel’s larger than life images walking down the runway to Mehdi Mashayekhi’s menswear collection with the perfect fit; the Artez graduates sure kept us interested troughout the whole show. We loved the sporty vibes Henriette Zimmerman sent out. Iris Bambacht’s prints looked insane on her menswear pieces. Nina Pin’s cheerful models made us smile instantly and we could not stop staring at Dennis Schreuder’s masqueraded looks. That bright pink patent coat in Douwe de Boer’s collection was an absolute show stopper and Amarens Joustra’s eclectic prints lit up the runway. There is no Amsterdam Fashion Week this summer, but these ARTEZ talents sure have us inspired for the upcoming weeks.

Trend Report SS2018: Slingback Style

After midriffs, under boobs, color bones and buttocks the most sexy parts to show off this summer are your ankle and your heel. And so slingbacks and slippers are all the rage the upcoming months. In shiny pink satin or patent red, velvet, fur lined or Swarovski encrusted; looking sexy yet careless and cool was never this easy. Best combined with a statement skirt or a pair of ripped jeans. And the best part? In those kitten heels you’ll easily be able to strut around all day. Good shoes take you good places. There’s no denying that.

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years

May 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Fashion, Featured Items, womenswear

Wearable art (2015)

Bridal dress for Prinses Mabel van Oranje-Nassau (2004)

Action Dolls (2017/2018)

Porcelain Dolls (2008)










“We often play with the idea of two people being one, or both of us being of one mind, and we play with our image to express that”, said Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren in this weekend’s press conference that formed the kick off of a brand new exhibition on the designer duo. For 25 years (and counting) Viktor and Rolf have been working together creating extraordinary fashion collections and beauty without boundaries. A symbiotic relation in which it’s impossible to see the designer’s separate contributions, as the duo puts it. Every creation, every design, every collection is a result of their joint work and the designer duo has proven to be a super match. And so 25 years after they won three prices at fashion contest Salon Européen des Jeunes Stylistes in Hyères it was time to reflect, to elaborate and to celebrate.

‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’ is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot (who also curated the globally successful The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk) and based on the Viktor & Rolf exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne but slightly adjusted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the luxury fashion house.

Expect to see the designers most impressive designs and creations among which sixty of their haute coutre dresses. Discover what makes Viktor & Rolf stand out in the fashion industry (their constant interplay of fashion and art). Get blown away by the countless examples of their ‘wearable art’. Learn how their designs speak of the contrast between romance and rebellion, exuberance and control, classicism and conceptualism.

All the highlights of 25 years Viktor & Rolf have found their way into the Kunsthal and so all of the brand’s most iconic designs have been lined up. Like a wide range of the antic porcelain dolls wearing scaled versions of the designers most famous creations. Like the bridal dress covered in countless bows the duo designed for Prinses Mabel van Oranje-Nassau in 2004. Like a costume the designers created for Madonna in 2016. Along with countless other outstanding pieces from much rooted on collections like Bedtime Story (2005), The Fashion Show (2007), NO (2008), Cutting Edge Couture (2010), Red Carpet Dressing (2014), Wearable Art (2015) and Van Gogh Girls (2015). As well as some never shown before pieces from Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2017), Action Dolls (2017/18) and the designers’ latest Surreal Satin (2018).

No need for the Kunsthal to create installations or formations to make things look more interesting, surprising or step away from any ordinary line/sum up of designer clothes. With every creation of every collection already being a piece of art on it’s own this is by far the most versatile fashion exhibition on one fashion house we’ve visited.

Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years
27 May – 30 September
Kunsthal Rotterdam

Pop up
The Viktor&Rolf Pop-Up Store is selling the accompanying anniversary book as well as merchandise like posters, socks, T-shirts, scarfs and bags with the designers original sketches printed on them.

Below our gallery of exhibition images. A must visit if you ask us.


Denim Streetfashion Kingpins Show Hong Kong, Day 02

What are they wearing during the international denim days? A bespoke Denham, that vintage Levi’s or their latest Diesel jeans? During the year we refresh our streetwear posts irregularly. We don’t judge, we’re not the fashion-police, we just enjoy fashion and your own personal style. Next stop: The Kingpins Show Hong Kong.

Denim Streetfashion Kingpins Show Hong Kong, Day 01

What are they wearing during the international denim days? A bespoke Denham, that vintage Levi’s or their latest Diesel jeans? During the year we refresh our streetwear posts irregularly. We don’t judge, we’re not the fashion-police, we just enjoy fashion and your own personal style. Next stop: The Kingpins Show Hong Kong.

Hyeres 2018 for Rushemy Botter

May 3, 2018 by  
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Dutch pride in the South of France this week. Designers Rushemy Botter (32) and Lisi Herrebrugh (28) have won the biggest price in menswear fashion in Hyères this week. Their colorful collection filled with streetstyle elements and fishing details ‘Fish or Fight’ (check out the backstage images we shot during AFW) won the first price at the fashion and photography festival in the South of France. A money price of fifteen thousand Euro, a capsule collection collaboration worth of 10.000 with Petit Bateau and access to Premiere Vision, one of the biggest fabric fairs. It’s a price once (in 1993) won by Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf, which set of their career internationally. Besides fashion Fish or Fight talks of sustainability and environmental issues, fishing nets and plastic inflatables worn as headpieces being a direct reference to pollution. The Fish or Fight collection, which forms the ultimate mix of formal and casual wear as it shows deconstructed suits, zipped up jackets and (multiple) caps with a huge amount of cool, has already won more prices (the Ann Demeulenmeester Award, the Flanders DC Award, the Dries van Noten Award, the Belmodo Award, the Knack Weekend Award and was voted ‘Most Promising Graduate’ at the Belgian Fashion Awards). Besides, there is still a chance Rushemy and Botter, who run their workspace in Antwerp, win the LVMH Price 2018 of 300.000 euro on the 6th of June. So high hopes for this Dutch duo, that is definitely on everyone’s radar right now.

10 Years Mattijs van Bergen

May 2, 2018 by  
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Mattijs van Bergen is Osman’s new Head of Design

Ten years after he launched his own fashion brand Mattijs van Bergen is taking a new step in his career path. As of the first of May the talented Dutch designer is appointed as Head of Design at Osman in London. The start of this new adventure means the end for his fashion brand MATTIJS, which was popular by many Dutch fashion lovers.

With his signature style of colourful designs, layering, pleated and ruching details Mattijs knows many success stories over the years. He won a Dutch Fashion Award in 2012 and collaborated with brands like United Nude and Aaiko. He designed a collection of bridal wear and came up with an all black and white collection for the Nederlands fotomuseum. Two years ago he launched a sustainable fashion label named Matter. Mattijs had a small but solid fan base, which included none other than Queen Maxima, who wore six of his designs to official occasions.

It was a challenging decade nonetheless. As is the case for many, financially it can be tough for young Dutch designers. Yet after going bankrupt in 2014 Mattijs was able to make a comeback as he put more focus onto capsule collections and design collaborations. He designed business collections for the W hotel and De Efteling in previous years.

So after graduating for his master degree at Central Saint Martins College ten years ago Mattijs is now back in London. The Osman office at 32 Percy Street will be his daily workspace from now on. Osman is a ready to wear label known for it’s focus on feminine fits, soft fabrics, vivid colors, elegant silhouettes and bold styles. An absolute match with Mattijs his design aesthetic if you ask us.

The Dutch designer is excited and looking forward to creating large and beautiful collections together with the talented and passionate international design team. We thank him for ten years of beautiful designs and the many times we were able to work together. We will miss his contribution to Dutch fashion, but we will keep following his adventure. May many more women all around the world be wearing his designs with pride and passion in the years to come.

The best of luck and love to you Mattijs.

Denim Streetfashion Kingpins Show Amsterdam, Day 01

What are they wearing during the international denim days? A bespoke Denham, that vintage Levi’s or their latest Diesel jeans? During the year we refresh our streetwear posts irregularly. We don’t judge, we’re not the fashion-police, we just enjoy fashion and your own personal style. Next stop: The Kingpins Show Amsterdam.

5 years Kingpins Show Amsterdam

We’ve enjoyed working with the Kingpins Amsterdam Team the past five years – it was a warm welcome in the crazy world of denim.

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