M-ODE AMSTERDAM: Saturday Recap – Bas Kosters

June 25, 2018 by  
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The United States of HOPE was our Saturday evening stop this week. It was Bas Kosters who invited us all to check out his brand new collection –  named “Hope” – for the first time. The biggest show of this (M-ODE) week.

“Hope originates from a strong desire to produce a graphic collection with a clear message. I started off with a kind of supermarket esthetic”, the designer stated. What we witnessed was a true Bas Kosters spectacle with different clips portraying “Hope” (produced in collaboration with artist Iztok Klančar) projected on the both sides of the show venue.

After Bas himself introduced the theme of his collection and spoke of what Hope stands for (cherishing your dreams, light at the end of the tunnel, a fresh start, ideals to live by and so on) the first model strutted the runway in a sequin bikini carrying an installation to which countless eggs (sunny side up! –  which also stands for hope) were attached. The diverse models (even a pregnant lady walked the runway) all looked extra extravagant with their rainbow colored make-up, teased hair and funky attitude. With expressive prints, exciting fabric decorations, show stopping masks (made out of huge boxes) and robot-shaped bags (made out of life vests or refugees) their was almost too much to take in at a first glance.

Recycling formed a big theme for this Bas Kosters collection too. A large selection of overalls formed the starting point of many of the designs. In the designers pop up atelier Waste to Want additional looks, accessories and signature Bas Kosters details were added. A super sustainable collection – even the make-up glitters (by Bioglitz) were eco proof – that formed a perfect fit with We Make M-ODE and absolutely gave us hope for the fashion industry.

Bas Kosters Catwalk Fashion Show MBFWA SS2018

July 14, 2017 by  
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When Bas Kosters’s name is on the official opening night schedule you just know you’re in for a good time. Known for his colorful, quirky, extravagant designs and over the top fashion shows the young creative has always been able to turn his events into major celebrations of fashion, love and what not. Good vibes only is what you get from attending a Bas Kosters show and tonight was no exception. After two and a half years without fashion shows Bas Kosters made quite the comeback with his carrot celebration. Yes, he presented his latest collection My Paper Crown, made out of recycled 100 flags, but this was not just a fashion show, but half an hour of crazy, happy fashion entertainment.

It started with the runway set-up, which included several working men and women taking care of a typical farm life/simple life. There was a big pile of potatoes (on which Bas sat down during the show, his ode to the potato), there were buckets filled with sunflowers (which were being watered), white wash was hanging out to dry, and the concrete flour of the Gashouder was being swept and wed regularly.

The designs that came out were vibrant and colorful as expected. The colorful flags as well as a colorful block print Bas himself designed in India made up for a showstopping line up. An optimistic line-up of ‘happy’ clothes with which Bas spoke of gay rights, animal rights potatoes and carrots (a replacement for Bas’ previous obsession with penises?).

The make-up was smudged, the head pieces creative, the accessories extravagant (dice earrings, large stuffed animals) and the props simply outstanding (a lit up Bas car filled with exuberant models entered the runway at a certain point). That model’s waving, cheering, smiling and dancing certainly had the right effect on the audience. This was by far the happiest most cheerful fashion show of the week and we happily celebrated Carrot Day along with Bas and his closest friends (numerous familiar and famous faces walked his festive finale).

“I hope you realize you can give something too, the gift of attention, of seeing the other. Be generous! I want to believe that artists and others make this world together.
Be well,
Bas Kosters”

In line with the see now buy now trend Bas sold some of his designs straight after te show. It was a night to remember and probably the best start of a new fashion filled week Amsterdam could have asked for.

Later on this week: the work of the fourteen best fashion students during Lichting, the debute of young talent Sterre Troquay (17) and Politicians walking the runway during Sunday’s Political Catwalk. We’re excited!

Bas Kosters Catwalk Fashion Show MBFWA FW2015

January 23, 2015 by  
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If there’s anyone who knows how to throw a decent catwalk party, it’s Bas Kosters. Year after year he gets the fashion crowd going by just letting music, make-up, backdrop and models in his designs work together. Today was no exception. Bas himself sat on a large block which stood on the catwalk. In Lotus position, like a fashion Budhha he looked at the fashion crowd. As he started spinning, yep, spinning, we’re talking Bas Kosters here, Valentijn de Hingh, opened the show. Naturally dressed in a bright colored, larger than life creation. As the show went on all typical ingredients came along. Tulle, bright colors, structured shapes, glitters everywhere, make-up overdone. Oh and let’s not forget the customized strollers, supermarket carts, dolls and Bas’ face as a backdrop. The music was a little less party, a little more spiritual. Incense and flowers spreading the love during the finale added up to that relaxation factor. An awakening and enlightening start of the weekend. Thanks for a good time, Bas!

Bas Kosters, A permanent sdtate of confusion. Last…

January 23, 2015 by  
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Bas Kosters, A permanent sdtate of confusion. Last show of the day. http://t.co/AoCFewUDRv

Bas Kosters Catwalk Fashion Show London FW2014

February 17, 2014 by  
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Clowns are people too, is the name of the fall/winter collection Dutch designer Bas Kosters presented at London Fashion Week last saturday. And it was a show to remember indeed. Not only the theme, but also Kosters’ vivid, colorful and fantastic prints in crazy outfits.  He created a collection that revealed both the man behind the mask and the mask behind the man. A collection that exhorts to look over, beyond the appearances.

Backstage Bas Kosters AFW SS2013

July 13, 2012 by  
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Take a look backstage at the preparations for the Bas Kosters catwalkshow, which was all about LOVE.

Frontrow at Bas Kosters AFW SS2013

July 13, 2012 by  
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What a fun the audience had during the show of Bas Kosters. And again, all fashionpro’s and lovers were present at the front row. Take a look for yourself.

All the looks from @BasKosters ‘ show are now onli…

July 13, 2012 by  
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All the looks from @BasKosters ‘ show are now online! => http://t.co/o9Fh7D3H #Lovefuckyeah #AFW

Bas Kosters Amsterdam Catwalk Fashion Show SS2013

July 13, 2012 by  
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No evening show for Bas Kosters today. Instead he held a matinee show this afternoon. It started with an on stage interview with the famous Margreet Dolman who asked him about the big inspiration for his spring/summer collection…Love!

Turns out when Bas Kosters and his partner broke up after a nine year relationship last year Bas felt he just had to do something with love. When he was ready to leave his grief behind he tattooed the word ‘love’ on his chest and moved on. He used his broken heart experience for his new collection, named Love Fuck Yeah, inspired by the love of his family and friends, the love for himself and his work that strengthened him.

And loaded with love it was. In a nine minute during show Bas gave us all the love he had to give to the tunes of 90 different love tracks (Love for the Sake of Love – Love me like a loaded Gun – Love is a drug). All looks were colorful and printed, like you’d expect from Bas. Prints included checks, dolls and hearts shapes, which maybe looked innocent but in fact were made out of porn images. His bright sequins were heart shaped too and a male model dressed in an enormous tule dress was just too cool for skool.

After all models had left the runway they came up once more picking people out of the audience dancing with them and just sharing the love. Then the church bells rang and the last song started… “Going to the chapel and we gonna get married..”, we heard as Bas wearing a veil came on stage with someone in an enormous heart costume. As a wedding cake was brought on it was clear: Bas is madly in love again and ready to share it with the rest of the world.

I feel love! @baskosters #AFW http://t.co/wDK9LptL

July 13, 2012 by  
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I feel love! @baskosters #AFW http://t.co/wDK9LptL

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