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 →
The ultimate designer clothes, from Alaïa, who sadly passed away last year, are brought back to live in the shape of Maison Alaïa. And to be more specific: its first digital store which exclusevily carries the New Edition Collection, a series of iconic pieces selected from the Azzedine Alaïa archive. Make sure to visit this site, even if it’s only once.
New Edition Collection
“Each of these garments will be made to the exact specifications and rigorous construction insisted upon by Mr. Alaïa himself and in the original fabrics or, should these no longer be available, in new materials inspired by them. Garments will carry a label according to the year this design was first shown.”
(imagecredits: Maison Alaïa)
Current season Maison Alaïa ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories will be available, also
the ‘Les Intemporels’ which are classic pieces. And if that isn’t enough for you: there are two Alaïa flagships stores, one in in Paris and one in London. Continue reading →
Susan Bijl is a designer best known for her nylon shoppingbags. Ellie Uyttenbroek is best known for the ongoing photoseries Exactitudes. These two women themed up to create the newest ‘Susan Bijl collection’ named ETNOMANIE. Have a look at the campaign images below, how lovely are they?!(campaign image credits: Photography by Jan Bijl. Models: Jelke Ostermann, Angelina Koemans, Johan Amenyeku, Ebony Netserab, Eisha Hersilia. Design: Mary Pelders. Assistance: Pia Please)
The collection of bags, pouches and a raincoat is available in five colors, based on skin tones. The colors are named after former Nobel Peace Prize winners: Wangari, Barack, Malala, Liu and Agnes (buy/see all at susanbijl.com)
Dutch fashion designduo TRINHBECX showed the ‘Talking Trash Show’ last friday. It’s the newest collection for the TB19 season. The location was apropriate; Afvalpunt Oost (That’s the name of the place were you can dump your garbage in Amsterdam)
In collaboration with Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week, TRINHBECX had the opportunity to work with companies that offer a sustainable alternatives to existing materials such as leather and cotton. Materials like viscose developed from coffee grounds, leather created from plant cells, buttons that are made from fruit waste, in combination with textile surpluses.
Trinhbecx Talking Trash Show TB19
Trinhbecx Talking Trash Show TB19
Trinhbecx Talking Trash Show TB19
Trinhbecx TB19 Group portrait
(imagecredits: Mimi Berlin Blogger Team)
As always, TRINHBECX showed well proportioned garments, including their signature bold detailing, we especially fancied the strong silhouettes. This collection can be seen as “a playful patch-work-story in a miss-match of materials with graphic lines and quirky (de)constructions.” Continue reading →