Dutch models: Patricia van der Vliet

Dutch models were well-represented at the catwalk this year. One of the ‘new faces’ we saw in many big shows was  Patricia van der Vliet. The blond girl popped up in shows from Prada, Balenciaga, Nina Ricci and Yves Saint Laurent. She even had the honor to open the Louis Vuitton show (the only time we saw her with black (afro) hair).

Patricia once participated in the Dutch tv-show Holland’s Next Top Model. Although she did not win, she ultimately made her way into the modelling business.

Her diverse appearances in shows of the largest brands in the world showed us how versatile Patricia is as a model. In some shows she was hardly recognizable.

Style.com already discussed Patricia as one of the ten new faces on the catwalk. Hopefully we will be seing a lot more of this girl. If you ask us, we already consider her as a Top Model.

Tess van Daelen

Trends ss2010: into the wild

December 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Fashion, London, Milan, New York, Paris, womenswear

We’ve seen the animal prints  for quite some time in fashion. Especially the leopard print was a major success in the past. This season we still saw some leopards at Giambattista Valli, Blugirl, Dolce & Gabbana and Paul Smith. Yet if you take a good look, you can see that the leopard print is diminishing and the reptiles are taking over.

Alexander McQueen’s collection was all about reptiles. Models dressed in colorful snake and python prints strutted down the runway. This had everything to do with the story behind this show, which was about the future ecological meltdown of the world and reptile-like creatures replacing mankind.

We also spotted light snake prints in the Pucci fashion show as well. They appeared at some short jackets. Kinder Aggugini used the snake prints in unrealistic light blue and pink. At the Iceberg fashion show the snakes were deep blue.

Other animals were spotted at Julian MacDonald, who designed a few fish dresses full of silver scales. Vivienne Tam showed a collection full of fantastic dresses that all had the print of a large butterfly on them. The colors of those butterflies worked beautifully.

Hopefully designers will continue getting their inspiration from nature. Nature has some extra reserves of great colors and patterns to create beautiful clothes with.

Tess van Daelen

Trends ss2010: his is hers

October 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Fashion, Milan, New York, Paris, toronto

The boyfriend jackets have been around for a while and looking at the SS2010 collections they’ll be staying a bit longer. Unisex clothes like loose-fitting jackets, blouses, gilets and pants were spotted in many fashion shows. Brands like Chloé, Etro and Ralph Lauren seemed to have unisex as a total theme in their show. Not to mention Lacoste, which always has a lot of his&hers items in its show. Chloé’s unisex designs looked rather stiff and sober and didn’t look like  women’s clothes at all. Although the items were all very wide and masculine, some of them had little feminine details. A few ruffles, sequins, belts, round collars, small legs and tucked up sleeves made the outfits very wearable.. At D&G the girls wore a small scarf to soften their looks. Cavalli combined some floaty floral blouses with wide pants and long jackets. Veronica Etro used light shades to make her designs appropriate for women. The designers showed that with the right approach even a man’s suit can look super-sexy. (Tess van Daelen)

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