Amsterdam Fashion Week.

Fashion presentations we visited……

Ado Les Scents / Hyun Yeu @ The Oude Kerk, July 8th 2012: Great location, lovely boys and clothes. AFW Downtown-Salon/

ByBorre @ Bar Ludwig, July 9th: Borre’s clothing showed by performing musicians, Fresh!

Not sure if we should have but we took home one of the pattern parts which covered the stage floor. Made of fabric produced by Innofa, designed ByBorre. Maybe we’ll make a garment of this some day. AFW Downtown-Salon/

Zem @ The Bijbels (biblical) museum, July 12 2012: This surprising outfit caught our fancy, so did the styling, and again, so did the great location. AFW Downtown-Salon/

Frans Molenaar Prize @ The Master Tailor Institute, Amsterdam, July 11, 2012: Winner of the award is Peet Dullaert.(read more)

Viktor & Rolf Garden Party @ V&R Headquarters, Amsterdam, July 12, 2012: Good company, good conversation, champagne, all sorts of fancy nibbles and a pretty garden with an idyllic pond in the middle, surrounded by luscious Darnera peltata. We had a great time at this garden gathering. Especially when Margreet Dolman appeared in her Viktor & Rolf outfit talking about fashion. (In her own special way.)

Lichting 2012 @ Westergasfabriek,  Zuiveringshal West, Amsterdam, July 12, 2012: Winner of the award is Yvonne Kwok. AFW (read more)photo by Peter Stigter provided by schoon den boer PR

FredFarrowBrittAvelonTan @ Machinegebouw,  Fashion Week LAB, Amsterdam, July 13, 2012.

Jacob Kok @ Machinegebouw,  Fashion Week LAB, Amsterdam, July 13, 2012: His new collection researches theories about the end of the world, presented live through an animation movie. Supported by Dylon.

Bas Kosters Matinee, Supported by VodafoneWestergasfabriek, Zuiveringshal West, Amsterdam, July 13, 2012: <3.(read more)

SIS by Spijkers en Spijkers @ Westergasfabriek, Zuiveringshal West, Amsterdam, July 13, 2012: SIS Collection Summer 2012 was inspired by the Circus, Auch Haben!

Sjaak Hullekes @ Westergasfabriek, Zuiveringshal West, Amsterdam, July 14, 2012: Great collection, we really do love his style!(read more)

xoxo Mimi Blogger Team: 
Rex Dieter, a-MB-iance, JW Kaldenbach and Ulrike Träge.

Links: AFW  AFW-DOWNTOWN SALON/ Frans Molenaar

Bas Kosters Matinee

What a surprise! There (s)he was again, Margreet Dolman, opening the show interviewing a candid Bas Kosters in a Bas Kosters dress. This chat on his private life and Vodafone was the introduction to the  event, inspired by Love.

The story in a nutshell: Happy (party) people celebrating and attending the wedding of Bas Kosters to a boy with a big, red heart shaped head. Struttin’ their stuff on all kinds of love songs. Yes, we are aware of the fact that Kosters story is more complex. But since we were visiting a fashion show and the means of communication are clothes, there’s no other way for us to narrow it down. (make sure you watch the video of M.G. visiting B.K. studio as well)
Main symbol was a heart, leather, mini cushions, prints, confetti, were all <3.
Next to the hearts, there was a bombardment of ingrediënts: Texts, stripes, checks, black and white abstract patterns, glitter, porn, illustrations, masks in macramé, barbie hair….used as separate devices; one or two outfits per ingrediënt. It wasn’t so much a show of a fashion collection, it was a fashionable performance, which topped itself during the finale when all individuals came together. (Having this said, we can’t wait to see Bas Kosters hotelroom in the soon to be opened Fashion hotel Modez)

We had a very good time, as always, at Bas Kosters, he gave us (and the rest of the audience) a happy smile and we feel that’s important in our lives. And yes, so is love. You can view the finale here.

Dutch Fashion Award Shows 2012

It’s Fashion Week in The Netherlands, to be more specific it’s Amsterdam Fashion week. We visited the annual, and always fun, award shows.
Petite Défilé de la Couture, June 11, 2012:

The Frans Molenaar Prize in a nutshell:
5 students, 4 outfits each. Graduation collections picked from academies in The Netherlands.
This year’s result: 4 designers educated at ArtEZ, Arnhem, 1 designer educated at The Royal Academy of the Arts, The Hague.
Winner of the award was
Peet Dullaert.

Last year’s result: Winner Magnus Dekker, also graduated at ArtEZ, Arnhem, showed his couture collection made with the FM Prize he won last year.

The défilé was held at
The Master Tailor Institute in Amsterdam. Except for the outfits of Hoi Man Cheung (from The Hague) there wasn’t much new to be discovered here for us,as we already visited the fashion show in Arnhem. But as the models wearing Peet Dullaert passed us buy in the tiny school hallway we did discover something new. This collection made music, a mesmerizing, rich sound of clicking gemstones, in a perfect rhythm. Imagine that as a soundtrack for your fashionshow! Unfortunately it was an unused, tout gratuit, bonus. Never mind that, P.D’s clothing is fun, immaculately tailored refined and fashionable. A well deserved winner of the €10.000 prize!

Lichting 2012 supported by G-Star RAW
@ AFW Westergas, Amsterdam. June 12,2012:

In a nutshell: 14 fashion graduates, 5 outfits each. 7 academies,
2 students per academy: AMFI Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag, Hogeschool Zuyd Maastricht, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, Willem de Kooning Academie Hogeschool Rotterdam.
This year’s result: A very entertaining show, and, as always, a great overview of all the  dutch graduation students and academies in a non-school setting.

award winner is Yvonne Kwok, she graduated from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. She showed a truly, lovely and happy(?) collection, filled with immaculately executed details in different fabrics. So much to be discovered in one outfit! This collection can hold itself at a show as well as up close.

Yvonne Kwok won €10.000 and will be working on G-Star’s presentation in Berlin.

All photo’s from Yvonne Kwok’s collection by Peter Stigter provided by schoon den boer PR

Last Year’s results:
Winner in 2011 was Sanne Schepers (ArtEZ). Her designs are now sold at the RA concept stores in Antwerp and Paris.

Mimi Berlin’s Blog: Award shows 2011

Fall/Winter 2012, menswear.

Since Summer won’t break through in The Netherlands it’s time to focus on Fall 2012. In particular the menswear collections.
Our favorite are the boys from Watanabe, or rather the clothing they wear. (The cutest guy is the Woolrich model, for sure! *_*.) For Summer 2012 Watanabe already promised us men in worker(manual labor)clothes. Actually, in the Netherlands they can’t be found, but that’s probably because we don’t have Summer as such in this country. Okay, enough chit-chat about the weather: This, Fall 2013, season more designers visualize manual-labor-worker-looks in some sort of form.
Pockets at Watanabe and at Woolrich Woolen Mills.

Grey tweed with contrasting brown,
Watanabe and at Carven.
More Watanabe because it’s so perfect.

Watanabe and
Walter van Beirendonck
Jil Sander (garage) and Walter van Beirendonck.
Again, pockets, at Marni and at Carven

Montcler Gamme Bleu and Carven
Fragile at Maison Margiela and Calvin Klein.

The dandies come along for this season as well. In different forms. The plain ones in the immaculate suit (no photo’s, you know the drill, you’ll find out about the silhouette, we know you can!) The dandy at Comme des Garcons, a sloane rebel. And we have the dandy from the non-western cultures.
At Kenzo and Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons

Walter van Beirendonck
Damir Doma. With stars at Givenchy.
A little sidestep: No Dandies, nor tribal but with stars (and nose-ring) at Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood.

Spotlights at Bottega Veneta and Sapeurs at Walter van Beirendonck.
We’re sure there are many more, retro or other usual suspected trends. For us, these were the most interesting. As they should be for you!
xoxo Mimi.

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