Sisters of the Castle Amsterdam Fashion Week fall/winter 2016

January 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Amsterdam, Fashion

A show, unlike any other we have ever witnessed, that was Sistaaz of the Castle by photographer Jan Hoek & fashion designer Duran Lantink. Their project is based around the colorful looks of transgender sex workers on the streets of Capetown. Today a collection based on those fashionable types and their ability to make the most outspoken looks out of anything and everything they can find was presented. A photo exhibition with this very same theme can be visited at the Foam photography in Amsterdam, including portraits of six girls Coco (25), Cleopatra (23), Sulaiga (30), Gabby (29), Flavinia (33) and Joan Collins (57). Pictures that eventually formed the lookbook images for Duran Lantink’s collection and were projected onto today’s backdrop. During the show the audience got to know a little bit more about their lives, their dreams and the way they hope to be perceived by others. Six models were put up on a driving backdrop, each portraying one of the six transgender sex workers. They were fully dressep up and had gotten completely into character. In between different models showed Duran’s latest wearable designs as an explosive finally followed. A spectacle almost impossible to describe in words. Oh well, just check out the images and see it for yourself.

Amsterdam Fashion Week 2016 Dutch Visionaries

January 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Amsterdam, Fashion

And we’re in business! The official programme of Amsterdam Fashion Week’s 24th edition kicked off on Thursday night with two large overview shows. The first one, Dutch Visionaries, was an assemblage of the most diverse Dutch designs. Iconic brands that have shown their collections during previous editions of the previous Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam like Spijkers en Spijkers, Avelon, G-star, Laundry Industry, Tony Cohen, Bas Kosters and Mattijs, yet upcoming young talent as well. All of them presented three looks. No new designs, just a selection of their statement making pieces worn by dressed up models. Gender blended models with a free spirited attitude, XL wigs, bright coloured make-up and transparent plastic masks, that took the designs to a whole new (very different) level. A remarkable mix of Madonna and Diane Vreeland through the speakers, concluded by Britney Spears’ Oops I did it again. Proof that anything and everything is possible during the opening night of Amsterdam Fashion Week. A week all about the diversity of fashion in years, styles, names and visions embraced by Mercedes-Benz. Let’s go!

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