Window shopping in Milan is one of Mimi’s greatest pleasures. This week is all about furniture and industrial design ’cause it’s Milan Design Week #mdw19, but we do need our fashionfix so we took a stroll along the shop windows of the high-end fashion brands in the area around the Via Montenapoleone. Below some pictures we made for y’all, who don’t have the time to go shopping for fashion design.
From Industrial to Discotheque to Safari
From the top of our heads (and thus in a nutshell) we could not help but spot the following ‘trends’. ‘Discotheque’ with neon colors, hologram, shine and glitter in silver, gold and bright colors. ‘Industrial’ with neon lights, concrete, silver detailing and transparency or plastic. On the ‘Safari’ side of the ‘shop-window-spectrum’ in Milan: animals, in particular the giraffe, monkeys and birds. Furthermore we’ve seen some tie-dye, at Prada and Stella McCartney only, and of course the color pink in all kinds of romantic shades.
Shop windows with a very romantic and girlie vibe, in pink: from pastel to shocking. Pink. The larger-than-life easter egg is made by Cova
“Friday March 8, 2019, Amsterdam Fashion Week, AFWStudio. The Arnhem based fashionable collective ‘Maison The Faux’ (a creative studio posing as a grand couture fashion house) presented ‘Maison Pour Maison’, “a multidisciplinary performance exploring all the facets of a home/maison”, in particular the bedroom and bedroom-behavior.
Mimi Berlin Blogger Team attended ‘Maison pour Maison’ at the Compagnie-theatre in the city-center of Amsterdam. If you missed this show make sure to read on, if you can’t be bothered: that’s okay. Next stop for this perfomance will be in Tokio, it’s a second chance to see the show live, for yourself.
Maison pour Maison
‘Maison Pour Maison’ is Maison The Faux’s interpretation of leisure wear. Home-wear in it’s most ultimate and elegant form, according to designers Joris Suk and Tessa de Boer. The collection consists of two-piece pyjama’s, bedroom gowns, negligee sets and a selection of robes combined with sleeping hats, sweaters and t-shirts. Various interior products were used as not-your-average styling devices. Pillows, duvets, sleep masks and even mattresses had a main part in the presentation.
Mimi Berlin’s thoughts during the performance
‘Maison Pour Maison’ the fashion-performance, is a story with a proper begining and ending. Starting out very calm, with people moving in slow motion on 2 separate twin-size beds, surrounded by curtains.
In our minds Marie-Antoinette popped up, because of the printed French doors on the curtains, also because of the fact we were watching a bed-scene.
Slowly but surely the tempo becomes more fast, going on into exaltation or hysteria, . The transparent and frilly outfits and the repetive movements of the models made clear this story aslo has to do with sex and/or erotica. During the middle part of the show the vibe becomes less friendly. The scene transforms into a hospital or even an asylum. The outfits adapted perfectly to this shift in atmosphere.
“There’s no place like MAISON.” “a House is made of Bricks and Beams, a MAISON is made of Hopes and Dreams” maisonthefaux.com
News from Maison The Faux
“The company of MAISON the FAUX is also subject to renovation: MAISON the FAUX is expanding their multidisciplinary ways. The creative studio is no longer accepting whole sale orders and is increasingly focusing on their work as a creative design studio (art-direction, spatial design, costume design etc.) and e-commerce. MAISON the FAUX will present “MAISON pour MAISON” during Tokyo Fashion Week, introducing various home products as an addition to the “MAISON pour MAISON” presentation at Amsterdam Fashion Week.” (maisonthefaux.com)
Fiorucci is back. The fashion brand, named after it’s founder Elio Fiorucci, is seriously open for business again. After 2 decades of offering cheaply produced licensed garments, they now (Feb 2019) have a collaboration capsule-collection with Adidas in a store near you.
Working with Adidas gets a brand some kind of standing, they don’t collaborate with just any brand or designer. Well known designers such as Raf Simons, Stella McCartney, and Jeremy Scott (who now is the art-director at Moschino) are collaborating with Adidas, so Fiorucci is in good company. #AdidasOriginalsByFiorucci offers limited editions of streetwear, trainers and accessories carrying the signature fun-discotheque-vibe of the brand.
Fiorucci was relaunched In 2017 when the ‘eighties-revival’ was at its peak. A smart move also was publishing the Fiorucci (history) book alongside. (Rizzoli ISBN100847860159) Introduction to the brand was also done by the first campaign for that summer-season, shot by Josh Wilks with Georgia May Jagger (daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall) in the the main role. The new team re-created the old Fiorucci vibe and images. (more info to be found on fiorucci.com)
The Pret-a-Porter runway shows for the Winter of 2019 are just about to finish. Mimi Berlin is very fond of prints and thus noticed a mini trend: How to make your summer flowers suitable for the winter season? Use huge bright flowers and place them on a black background. Add black and yellow solids, and, presto! You have yourself a wonderful and easy to sell capsule-collection.
It’s that time of the year again: Collectie Arnhem 2019 is launched. Mimi Berlin Blogger Team went to see the fashion show at Loods 6 in the capital city of The Netherlands; Amsterdam. The images made for the 21st edition of Collectie Arnhem are promising already! We placed them below, what do you think? Nice, n’est pas! The show itself lived up to that promise for sure.
Lights, Music and Action
Tthe concrete hallway of Loods 6 was lit in lilac and 4 huge ventilators were placed in the middle. There were no chairs to be found, only black plastic square packages of, what we think was hay; for V.I.P’s to sit on. The ventilators were slowly rolled to the back of the runway and then it was time for: Lights, Music and Action. The rather graphic image of the back-lighted ventilators was maintained during the show; highlighting the silhouettes of the designs in full force black, like they should be. The (mostly) geometrical silhouettes had in common that they all were fashionably elongated (which is always a joy to the eye). To illustrate the effect it had on us, at Mimi Berlin: at one point KKK outfits, a Grobbebol and a Pierrot came to mind at the same time. Fun!
See the MimiMovies production below to get the image with that text!
Concept and Design
As for the story behind the concept and designs we suggest you read the folder, it’s very accurate and we couldn’t desribe it better ourselves. That seems lazy, but it is not. You must know that the average texts about fashion collections are an embellished, or even nonsensical, version of what you get to see. Not in this case, it is all the truth including the opening story. All 20 students and 3 tutors (Rens de waal, Lenn Cox and Dennis van der Broeck) spent a weekend together to create the footprint for the Unlock, Becoming Collectie Arnhem. And as always, we suggest you see the designs for yourself, that’s always the best way to get in the know! To read on, just click the first image below.
No worries if you missed the fashion show because you have a second chance to see all the creations made by the third year students at the annual ArtEZ graduation fashion show this summer in June. We aren’t sure if you get to feel the same magic in another space but, hey, getting a second chance is always nice.
Collectie Arnhem is a collective project in which third-year students of the Fashion Design bachelor at ArtEZ University of the Arts collaborate to develop, design and present a cohesive fashion collection. This project offers a laboratory-style environment where students research and explore diverse aspects of the process and the profession; questioning what fashion is and proposing what fashion can be. The project culminates in a fashion presentation to a professional audience, organized by the students themselves. Collectie Arnhem is made possible with the support of the ArtEZ University of the Arts and the Made in [Arnhem] campaign. Collectie Arnhem is initiated in 1999 by Alexander van Slobbe and Gisela Prager.
Sympany is a textile recycling social enterprise from The Netherlands, it collects and re-purposes used clothing in order to fund charitable projects. The gathered second-hand clothes are being sold a.o. in African countries. (specifically to Zambia, Malawi, DR Congo and Angola) The used clothes are also being recycled into cleaning cloths and insulation material and they are upcycled into ‘new fabrics’ as well.
The launch at Magazijn in Amsterdam, behind the sewing machine: Vita Stasiukynaite, student at the fashion dept at the Rietveld Academy.
Embroidery-artist Victoria Villasana’s embelishment of the black and white photography by JW Kaldenbach. imagecredits: mimi berlin blogger team
Invite for the launch. imagecredits: bysympany.nl
BySympany is a new initiative in which funds are generated by collaborating with (sustainable) fashion brands. The collab with Dutch jeanslabel Kyuchi is the first in line: ‘By Sympany By Kuyichi created jeans with upcycled rags. (20% of the jeans consist of recovered fibres) Continue reading →