Elise Kim Catwalk Fashion Show AFW FW2013

January 26, 2013 by  
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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  
Filed under Amsterdam, Fashion, Featured Items, Goodiebags

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