Lichting 2017 Fashion Design Award goes to Lizzy Stuyfzand

Lichting 2017 Fashion Design Award goes to Lizzy Stuyfzand

Yesterday (7/14/2017), on the second day of Amsterdam Fashionweek (MBFWA) Mini Berlin Blogger Team went to see the Lichting show (the annual contest for 14 graduating Dutch fashion design students) Lizzy Stuyfzand was the winner of the Lichting Award, for most promising talent, which is €10,000! Congratulations!! Ms Stuyfzand graduated last month at ArtEZ Arnhem with her menswear collection “Call me magpie” (see more about that here on this blog)

The second award, €3000; is ‘The Audience’s Favorite’ went to Sarah Bruylant of AMFI. The students participated to this lovely show were: Roos Boshart, Rachael Cheong, Annebel de Kok, Miro Hämäläinen, Karlijn Krijger and Ninamounah Langestraat (read more about them here lichting.nl) The winners truly deserved the prices they got, but we also rooted for Ninamounah Langestraat (Gerrit Rietveld Academy) her part of the Lichting show really stood out to us because of it’s very strong personality. Congratulations to all students; we wish you the best in your careers! xoxo Mimi

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Dutch Award Show: Frans Molenaar Prize 2015

Dutch Award Show: Frans Molenaar Prize 2015

Yesterday we went to see the Award show brought to life by Dutch couturier Frans Molenaar. It was the 20th edition and it was the first time without the couturier himself being present. Mr Molenaar sadly and unexpectactly passed away in the Winter of last year, but he made sure his award-show can continue for years to come. Host and member of the jury Jhim Lamoree asked the audience to stand up and remember Frans Molenaar before the show.

The show was held at the house/studio of Mr Molenaar in Amsterdam, it was opened by Karin Vlug‘s collection, made with the prize money she won last year. Her collection has a tight, thoroughly researched (with José Theunisen) concept. This strict concept remains visible in the garments, but at the same time the concept doesn’t overrule the wearability of Karin’s couture capsule collection. Karin’s work becomes more wearable every year. (read about that concept HERE)

Participants Frans Molenaar Prize 2015; Tung Trinh, Josephine Goverts, Max Zara Sterck, Maartje Janse, Lilian Admiraal (all BA graduates’15 <click link for more info on these designers) and Sunanda Koning (MA ’15) All graduated this year at ArtEZ fashion design, Arnhem. Simeon Morris finished his fashion masters at ArtEZ in 2013. Simeon is the most experienced designer of the group his “experience includes working for a number of renowned designers, including Alexander McQueen in the late 90’s and Hussein Chalayan, amongst others.” (quoted)

After the longest deliberation ever in “Frans-Molenaar-Prize-History” the jury named Josephine Goverts the winner of the Frans Molenaar Prize 2015. She got a well deserved big fat check (see picturesabove) of €10.000. Next year, same time, at an other place, we will get to see what she accomplished with her reward! Continue reading

Europe Regional Finals International Woolmark Prize 2015/16

Europe Regional Finals International Woolmark Prize 2015/16

The International Woolmark Prize is an annual fashion award-show hosted by the Woolmark Company. Round 1: A selected group of promising fashion designers/brands, (70 labels nominated from 23 countries) will first compete within their region for the chance to win the Woolmark Prize at the International Finals. Both finalists (mens- and womenswear designers) will receive about €33,900 to execute the collection which they will compete with at the international final shows. Round 2/Finals: The menswear final will be held at the Pitti Uomo in Florence, in January 2016, and the womenswear final in New York in February 2016. Prize: The 2 winning collections will be sold at a.o. the I.T. Store at Harvey Nichols, MyTheresa and Matchesfashion. The winners will receive €67,800 (approx.) for the development of their brand. Last year’s winners were Marcia Patmos (womenswear) and Public School (yes, menswear) both from the USA.

European Finals at the MOMU in Antwerp. Yesterday, July 13, it was time to choose the European finalists. They showed one finished outfit and were also judged by their designs, on paper, for the capsule collection of 6 outfits, all will be made in Australian Merino Wool.
We, at Mimi Berlin, were rooting for Dutch Designers Nanna van Blaaderen and Jonathan Christopher to win a spot in the Final competition…. And they did! WOW! They both were selected for Round 2: The Final Shows held in 2016!!

We shared a coach on the train with the winners on our way back to Amsterdam; they wondered if there ever were final shows with 2 Dutch designers. We didn’t know, couldn’t remember……….But if Nanna van Blaaderen and Jonathan Christopher àre the first, which is not unlikely, that would be SO extra special!

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Award Fashion Show Lichting 2015

Award Fashion Show Lichting 2015


Lichting 2015 Supported by V&D:
1 fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam
14 BA fashion graduates
1 Winner of €10.000,-
Which is Nikki Duijst, graduated at the KABK (Royal Academy of Arts), The Hague.

More Lichting shows on this blllllog HeRe

Mimi Berlin’s PARTYSNAPS at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam

Bastian Visch wins Lichting 2014

Bastian Visch wins Lichting 2014Bastian Visch wins Lichting 2014 supported by V&D. Visch graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts the Hague this year. Bastian Visch received the V&D Talent Award, he gets the chance to design a capsule collection for the Dutch Department Store V&D. He will be getting professional advice and guidance for the development and production. In the spring of 2015, the collection will be sold in a selected number of V&D stores. Wir sind gespannt, we liked his trompe l’oeil printed garments very much, and are curious how they will look after going through an actual (mass) production process.

Mimi Berlin Blogger Team also took some PARTY SNAPS for yous >>>See them here<<<

Winner of The Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014

Winner of The Frans Molenaar Couture Award 2014

Winner of The Frans Molenaar Award 2014 is ArtEZ Fashion Design BA graduate Karin Vlug, She won this Wednesday, June 25th 2014, and received the amount of €10.000,- to invest in a new couture collection which she will present next year at the 2015 edition of this Award. Congratulations!! (about: Frans Molenaar is a Dutch couturier)

*We have to be honest; sadly we couldn’t attend this show ourselves because of other work obligations elsewhere. Our seat won’t be empty next year!