Elise Kim Catwalk Fashion Show AFW FW2013

January 26, 2013 by  
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Elise Kim Amsterdam Fashion Week Preview FW2013

January 22, 2013 by  
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Elise Kim has had quite a few busy months. She has held a show in her hometown Saigon, has been making tailor made clothes for her clients and went out and about to meet new lots of new people. But she is now fully focused on her brand new fall winter collection, which she will show next week. It’s part of her trilogy of which we’ve already seen part one and part two and from what Elise has shown us so far it sure looks promising. Expect a chic, sexy collection, made with lots of handwork and a few very modern techniques as well. Oh and Elise is not only showing clothes this time around…

Why did you decide to show again during AFW?
“I chose to show at AFW because this collection is the third part of a trilogy and the first two parts I already showed at Amsterdam Fashion Week. It is nice to close my trilogy here at the Gashouder location at the Amsterdam Fashion Week. It is a nice exposure for my new collection and also for my clients and press to come and see the show. Recently I started to like to do fashion shows, it gives me such a kick.”

Does the third part of your trilogy have as much handwork as the second part?
“Although I still have handwork in this collection, it is much less compared to the last collection. Handwork is part of who I am, I really like doing that. When I have a lot of stress it is my meditation doing handwork.”

Do you get help creating your designs?
“I work together with 2 seamstresses. Recently, an intern joined us, she helps with some small things and the handwork. I’m really picky with choosing interns, if I don’t have a click with someone, it’s very difficult to work together. It would block my creativity, then I’d rather work on my own. Since the team is so small, I personally cut all the fabrics myself and prepare all the work so that the seamstress can put together the clothes as fast as possible.”

What was your inspiration for the new collection?
“This collection is inspired by a darker dream when one is in a deep sleep, but sometimes wakes up from seeing bizarre images or gets lost in another world. Once I read a short story and I was inspired by this sentence: Night is strange, night is surreal. Night is when you dream, and not because you are asleep.

How is that darker dream visible in your f/w2013 designs?
“It’s a collection with lots of black, cobalt blue and some bright colors (reddish orange, orange and fuchsia) every now and then. It was also in the weirdest dream I saw while making this collection; I saw accent colors, sparkling in the deepest night. You can see dark clothing pieces with bright embroideries or embellishments.”

What else can we expect?
“I’ve fallen in love again with leather, there are also different kinds of wool, silk and cotton. Besides the materials we used different kind of techniques, such as laser-cut, embroidery and beading. I will show a total of 28 looks: 45 pieces of clothing. For this collection we also have shoes and bags, in collaboration with Jarah Stoop and Jelske Peterson.”

How would you describe the collection?
“Every collection reflects how I feel at the moment. This is a different collection, but it is still Elise Kim’s style. The graphic, feminine, edgy elements and the use of embroidery and handwork are all there. The Elise Kim woman is growing up, she’s sexier and mysterious, yet still my designs are very chic and wearable.”

Elise Kim will present her new collection on Saturday 26 January at 09.00 p.m.

Elise Kim & Edwin Oudshoorn Amsterdam Catwalk Fashion Show SS2013

July 15, 2012 by  
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Elise Kim
During our preview interview Elise Kim already told us about all the hard work that had gone in here collection. Remember she said each one of her show dresses had taken up about 300 hours of work? Well all that hard work certainly paid of. It was a great show, perfect for the closing night of the Amsterdam Fashion Week.

Twenties inspired dresses made out of tons of the tiniest beads dazzled the audience as they danced to every movement the models made. Silhouettes were quite minimalistic and boxy, but it were all the extra’s that turned the designs into showstoppers. Like the beads, the (twenties) feathers and the gorgeous lace accents. The mix of all different materials (sheer, shiny, lace, leather) made the collection extra special.

When the black had turned into white, bright turquoise, green and white again it was time for a grande finale. Slick men dressed up in suits accompanied the twenties ladies on stage and created an glorious cinematic setting. Wow.

Edwin Oudshoorn
The Edwin Oudshoorn fashion show started with a little red haired girl appearing from a backdrop filled with bushes and flowers. Then came on the models dressed in richly styled embroidered ensembles walking to a slow song singing “Forget your troubles come on get happy”. Floor sweeping gowns were attached to nude shaded bodies with floral embroideries. Halfway the show the tempo of the music was turned up a bit and the show got a sudden circus vibe. Checks were introduced and models got colored hairlocks for a happier vibe. Then the music went slow again and long colored dresses added some extra drama to the show. Combined with the show’s backdrop the final dress, an hourglass shaped design, made up for a wonderful last fashion image. Amsterdam Fashion Week is finished. It’s a wrap everybody!

Elise Kim Amsterdam Fashion Week Preview

July 8, 2012 by  
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The last show of this summer edition of the Amsterdam Fashion Week will be that of Elise Kim. The Vietnam born designer will show part two of her trilogy, which she started last season. “My previous show was all about the moment we fall asleep, this collection will be like a dream. During my show I want everyone to step into a dreamworld inspired by the twenties, my favorite decade”, Elise Says.

In 24 looks Elise will give the fashion week audience twenties to the max. “The silhouette is very straight and I’ve used lots of beads and feathers. Most of the beads are extremely tiny; the tiniest beads we could find. I used them on several dresses and even created a few pairs of earrings with them. When the models walk in the dresses full of beads they move like crystal waterfalls; you see all kind of shapes and movements and it works beautifully with the light. Very pretty.”

1,5 km of beads
Finding the tiniest beads in the world is one thing, attaching them turned out to be one hell of a job. Elise: “I kind of underestimated the amount of work that goes into creating a dress covered in beads. Each dress takes up around two till three hundred hours to make. Can you believe we’ve been adding around 1,5 kilometers of beads?! At the office me and my intern make the best out of it and enjoy some music, tea and cookies while we’re working, but after hours and hours of threading it gets pretty dull. Yet I really wanted to show a lot of handwork and it is turning out very beautiful.”

After her latest collection full of black and navy this collection will be a lot brighter. “We start the show with black, then we go to bright blue (almost turquoise) white, green and white again. Green represents summer for me and blue stands for the ocean. I’ve used silk, crêpe satin and a mix of silk and wool for lots of dresses, blouses skirts and a few coats. Since the dresses are very outspoken I’m going to opt for a minimalistic way of styling.“

Even though Elise loves her new designs she feels like she’s taking a risk. “I’ve used glitter beads and the whole collection is about fantasy and glamour. It is very different, since I’ve never done this before. I wanted to show designs that were slightly more special. Yet every dress can be made without the beads as well. The opening look in black with beads that look like fringes and the last white colored dress are my favorite looks. The finale will be great as well, since we’re doing something special. I can not tell you what it is yet, but I’m very excited.”

Elise Kim will show her new collection on Sunday 15 July at 08.00 PM

It’s All in The Family: Elise Kim

January 27, 2012 by  
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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 third family we would like to present Elise Kim with her mother and father in law.

Elise Kim Catwalk Fashion Show Amsterdam FW2012

January 26, 2012 by  
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Vietnamese designer Elise Kim made her Amsterdam Fashion Week debut on Thursday night. Sponsored by Dutch magazine Grazia she presented her collection Epiphenomenon (part 1 of a trilogy).

The show was all about the moment we start te fall asleep. A surreal abstraction of the moment we loose control of certain securities. It was in the music, the designs, the colors and the styling.

Kim showed white suits, dresses and coats with beautiful fur details on the sleeves and shoulders. Especially the mix of light transparent fabrics  (organza, silk) and the more heavy, winter-y materials (leather and wool) made the designs unique.

On long, slim and feminine designs the color palette ranged from white and nude to black and deep blue. And the added embroidered sequins and self-designed print made the looks extra special.

It was a strong collection and Elise probably made a good impression on many of the Amsterdam Fashion Week visitors.  We can’t wait to see what she has in stores for us the next two collection (also part of the trilogy).


Elise Kim Front Row Catwalk Fashion Show FW2012

January 26, 2012 by  
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Curious who were sitting front row at Elise Kim’s show? Check out our front row pics!


Goodiebag!? Elise Kim Catwalk Fashion Show Amsterdam FW2012

January 26, 2012 by  
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At the Elise Kim fashion show, sponsored by Grazia, we received a VIP goodiebag.

It contained:

Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour cream (30 ml)

Lavazza coffee sample

Redken – Rough paste

Twiet Magazine

A Paperblanks diary


Belvedere Vodka folder

Swarovski bag with pen, bracelet, folder and flyer

Estimated Value: 25

Value: 7


Elise Kim Preview Amsterdam Fashion Week

January 18, 2012 by  
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Today we will start a new series of previews of fashion-collections as an appetizer for the coming Amsterdam Fashion Week. We will start with designer Elise Kim.

Of course we will write and post our review after the official show or presentation plus photos of the complete collection. We’ll keep you posted!

Elise Kim will show her fall/winter 2012/2013 collection on Thursday 26 January at 06.00 PM. She spoke with us about her brand new collection which is all about the moment we fall asleep…

“The collection is already finished, so we can be quite relaxed. I always make sure I’m right on schedule with my work; I am a real planner. Besides, I got a little help too from one intern, and two seamstresses.”

Amsterdam Fashion Week
“This is going to be my third collection. I am very glad to be able to show my work during Amsterdam Fashion Week. If Grazia had not supported me I should have held a smaller show. I hope that through this show people will get to know my work better. I hope it will result in some extra publicity and maybe, just maybe, some extra sale points. Yet this won’t happen so easily, since my clothes are pretty expensive. In Paris, where I will go in March, I will probably do better.”

“Epiphenomenon is the theme of this collection. It’s the first part of a trilogy. I will show the second and third part in my upcoming collection. It’s all about the fragmentation of reality at the moment you’re starting to fall asleep. The collection will be an abstraction of the moment in which you loose sense of collateral things. You move into another dimension.”

“The theme of the collection is visible in every single one of the 30 looks. It will be translated through (pretty vague) music, the use of fabric and my choice of colors. For instance the order of the clothes will represent the phases from being awake to falling asleep; from dreamy and soft to tough and real.”

“Shades of blue, deep blue, black, nude and black again will represent the phase you go through from being awake to falling asleep as well. The nude stands for the moment right before you fall asleep and wake up just a little bit.”

“I used silk, cotton, leather and a special kind of wool, which doesn’t even look like it comes from sheep, cause it’s so long. New for me is the knitwear I used, for instance on a long knitted dress. I also created my very first own print at the Textielmuseum in Tilburg. It’s a kind of feather print, printed on white silk.”

“I make clothes for women who know what they want and who stand for quality. I would love to see women like Carice van Houten or Anne Hatthaway wear my clothes, but then again I’m flattered by every single woman who puts on my designs.”

Photography: Jeannette Huisman@Team Peter Stigter

Amsterdam Fashion Week SS13 Impression Day 5

An impression of the fourth day at Amsterdam Fashion Week, ss2013. With highlights of the Tony Cohen-show and Elise KIm-Edwin Oudshoorn-show. And of course all the beautiful people back- and frontstage.

Amsterdam Fashion Week SS13 day 5 impression from Team Peter Stigter on Vimeo.