Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture FW15 Backstage

Take a look backstage at the Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture Fashion Show yesterday at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Ready to Fish by Ilja Visser Catwalk Fashion Show New York FW2015

February 17, 2015 by  
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Un-related to any specific theme or inspiration, Ready to Fish by Ilja Visser started with a blank canvas to present a collection that reads like a sketchbook, and a compendium of the Ready to Fish style. It was important for them to capture the sketch-like quality of the unfinished – leaving room for both our own as the customers imagination and interpretation.
As a metaphor for this collation of ideas, used classic marble prints, adorning sketchbooks and archive folders that will prove instantly recognizable to everyone. The collection also emphasizes the idea that many archetypes that inspired the designer belong to the public domaine, and that the use of codes, references verses our own interpretations and developments are at constant play throughout the design process.

Donna Karan Catwalk Fashion Show New York FW2015

February 17, 2015 by  
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Donna Karan’s whole career has been inspired by New York City. For Fall she used the nighttime skyline as a backdrop for the runway, and made the blacks and grays of the buildings and the glinting golds of their lights her show’s central colors. Perched on platform sandals or boots, the collection’s long, lean silhouette owed something to the city’s new class of super-scrapers. New York is tall and getting taller. It’s a melting pot, too. Obi-like belts and origami folds on the one hand and opulent, burnished brocades on the other conveyed something of its multicultural glamour.

Depending on the season, Karan shifts between tailoring and dresses. This collection was mostly built on the former. All manner of jackets, from blazers to a leather bomber, were belted at the midriff above tapering trousers or narrow skirts. Her evening dresses had a modern spirit.

Alexander Wang Catwalk Fashion Show New York FW2015

February 15, 2015 by  
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Alexandser Wang presented a totally black collection, well almost.  Technically the lineup was not totally black — there were two ivory fisherman sweaters worn with stonewashed jeans, two red plaids and a few metallic mesh getups. The rest was pitch black and hardcore, framed within the street section of heavy metal.
It was a brave collection. References to metal abounded in the very sophisticated construction of the clothes. Severe, mannish tailoring of cropped pants and harsh jackets had pocket chains made of little silver balls that also trimmed coat collars and dresses with panels. The same pattern recurred on handbags. Quilted pieces looked made from luxe packing blankets  while silk pajamas and bathrobes reflected the lush side of Goth.

All of the details, the design equivalent of puns, were part of Wang’s playful spirit, yet the attitude of the show was seriously aggressive. The models stomped out in extreme platform lug-sole combat boots with wet stringy hair covering their zombie faces. Two fitted velvet crop tops, worn with skirts that swished with silver fringe, were womanly in a witchy way, but there was not a soft side to this collection. Wang was unflinching in his point of view and there’s a lot to be said for such conviction.

Lacoste Catwalk Fashion Show New York FW2015

February 15, 2015 by  
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A red tracksuit with the words “René Did It First” printed on the jacket and matching headband kicked off the men’s offering at Lacoste. Felipe Oliveira Baptista, probably trying to state the label’s colonizing status in light of the current ath/leisure trend, presented a collection full of Seventies references with an sporty urban style that felt a bit “Royal Tenenbaums” given the nutmeg color in trenches, fur coats and suits. The use of Art Deco prints in sweatshirts and graphic stripe details in softly tailored suits and coats, kept the look modern.

For women, the first looks down the runway had humor and direction, designed in the same vein as the men’s wear with a quirky nod to retro graphics. A loosely structured long vest in heather gray worn over a knit minidress looked fresh, as did a sporty red-and-blue striped sweater and pencil skirt combo and a checkered tracksuit with a faux-fur cape that followed the Wes Anderson vibe. From there, the show transitioned into the predictable striped tennis skirts and dresses for which the brand has always been known.

Streetfashion MBFWA Day 3

January 26, 2015 by  
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What are you wearing during the fashion weeks? Your Gucci-shoes, that vintage Prada or your latest Givenchy-sweater? Maybe we’ll spot you in Paris, Milan, New York or Amsterdam. During the fashion weeks we refresh our streetwear posts regularly. We don’t judge, we’re not the fashion-police, we just enjoy fashion and your own personal style. Next stop: Mereceds Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam fall/winter 2015

MBFWA This was Day 4

It looks like Day 4 of MBFWA was all about hair. Looking at the shows of l’Oreal Professionel and Dennis Diem the haircrews did an amazing job. Other interesting shows were Mirte van Wijngaarden, Army of Me and Samaranda Almasan.

Supertrash Catwalk Fashion Show Amsterdam FW2015

January 24, 2015 by  
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Like every season the closer we got to Saturday the more SuperTrash became the talk of the town. Leave it up to Olcay Gulsen to create a fashion buzz. For tonight’s show she opted for a location at which no one had ever held a fashion show before; the newly built, underground cycling tunnel at Amsterdam’s Central Station, which is still to be opened. In stead of inviting thousands of guests, like she did at her previous shows, she invited five hundred. Plus she arranged for the biggest Dutch bloggers to dress up in SuperTrash and attend the show as special front row guests. There were selfie sticks on every seat as well as a batches of honor with everyone’s initials on it. Just a few things to get the fashion buzz going..

The SuperTrash FW designs were all about powerful women, modern pioneers and basically formed an ode to the empowerment of femininity. Outfits, divided into three themes; Style Scout, Wo-Man and Style Revolution, to let every woman be the best version of herself. Like she would be in a white tuxedo, a leather pencil skirt, a floor sweeping printed gown, a lace dress or a colored woolen overcoat. Outfits in black, white, camel and touches of red worked their magic on the sixty meter long red carpet catwalk. The models wearing those looked strong and seductive, while celebrating their femininity. Like Olcay when she appeared sporting the most dazzling suit. A suit well worthy of the ST after party in one of Amsterdam’s coolest hotels, where we were all heading. Time for some drinks and dance moves. After all, this was the evening we’d been looking forward to all week. Be bold, be yourself, be a Modern Pioneer.

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!

This was MBFWA Day 1

January 23, 2015 by  
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Day one of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam is a fact. It was a day to remember, with an impressive one minute silence for designer Frans Molenaar,a retrospective show of Five Years Avelon, the first fashionshow of Liselore Frowijn after winning the Frans Molenaar Award and Edwin Oudshoorn closing teh evening with an atmospheric show.

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