Jef Montes Tormenta Experience

Jef Montes Tormenta Experience

Since Jef Montes graduated in 2012 (at ArtEZ Arnhem) Mimi Berlin became interested in his work, so we have been following him. Montes presented an “Experience” at Amsterdam Fashion Week July 6th, 2016, which we unforntunately were unable to attend. That is really a shame because last season (read that here) we imagined Jef Montes doing just what he did: give a performance, experimenting on his fabrics and working on his creations, live with an audience.
We can’t write about his “Tormenta Experience” ’cause we weren’t there but we think it’s a very gutsy move!
Since this “experience” was also a preview on his next collection: Tormenta, we only can wait for that show. In the meantime we have to leave y’all with the images above, made by Team Peter Stigter, and a link to the site of Jef Montes.

MBFW Fashionweek Amsterdam Saturday July 9 2016

MBFW Fashionweek Amsterdam Saturday July 9 2016

Mimi Berlin Blogger Team’s second day at the Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam.

We went to see three shows: First a Double bill with debutates Esmay Hijmans & TRINHBECX. Next the fashion show by professional Dennis Diem and last in row: Liselore Frowijn’s show, she graduated in 2013 at the ArtEZ, institute of the Arts in Arnhem. In between we got to meet and greet “The next generation of fresh young fashion professionals! Six talented young designers from The Netherlands”

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MBFWA Futura F/W 2016

MBFWA Futura F/W 2016

Futura is a “Dutch men’s- and womens wear fashion brand focusing on clean, minimalistic, timeless designs. Ran by Anne Bosman, Sanne Schepers and Tom Renema.” (read more goldfished.nl) and based in Deventer, The Netherlands.

The Futura collection for W2016 sure was Fresh & Clean! Schepers and Bosman managed to show a smart balance between everyday outfits and fun pieces! Mimi Berlin Blogger Team says; Auch Haben!
If you missed this show, no worries you can catch up with Futura at the SEEK fashion trade show in Berlin this week.

PS
Dear Futura, thanks for the frontrow pic, we enjoyed the show very much, Thanks for inviting us. xoxo Mimi

MBFWA Exhibitions and Performances

MBFWA Exhibitions and Performances

Many, many exhibitions and performances were to be seen at the 24th edition of the fashion week held in Amsterdam (and we’re not including the “off-schedule” program)

1-Fashion exhibition: Dutch Heritage (more about that here on this blog). 2-Confidential: Jazz Kuipers. 3-Antoine Peters x Oscar Verpoort. 4-Barbara Langendijk x Jochem Esser x Lisette Ros. 5-“The Future Generation” platform: (second edition; during the full closing day, so no shows on monday) in which young designers can showcase their work in any form they want to express themselves in; performances, installations, video’s well, anything but a fashion show (maybe they can, but they didn’t) “The Future Generation” program is divided into parts; -“The “Brave New Monday Hotel” a mock hallway with rooms of circa 3×4 meters in the transformatorhuis, with rooms for Zyanya Keizer, Camiel Fortgens, Anneloes van Osselaer, Karin Vlug, Jasna Rokegem, Cry Havoc Foudation, Sophie Hardeman and Martijn Nekoui -Closeby but not in the “Brave New Monday Hotel” installations by the German duo Blond & Bieber (a Berlin-based design studio which develops concepts and processes at the border between textile and product design since 2013) and –Painted Series (aren’t they more “previous or this generation” than “future generation”?) were on exhibit, –Maison the Faux held a pefrormance in the Gashouder, the main and largest venue at the Dutch Fashion Week. –Talkshows were hosted by Aynouk Tan.

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MBFWA Sistaaz of the Castle by Jan Hoek and Duran Lantink

MBFWA Sistaaz of the Castle by Jan Hoek and Duran Lantink

Sistaaz of the Castle, is a project by photographer Jan Hoek and fashion designer Duran Lantink, in which they explore the colourful looks of transgender sex workers that roam the streets of Cape Town, South Africa. Most of the girls are homeless, living under a bridge beside the Castle of Good Hope. The local sex workers’ organisation, S.W.E.A.T., gave Hoek and Lantink the opportunity to meet and collaborate with their transgender support group Sistaazhood. Hoek and Lantink zoom in on six girls from the community: Coco (25), Cleopatra (23) Sulaiga (30), Gabby (29) Flavinia (33) and Joan Collins (57). Duran Lantink gave shape to the girl’s ultimate fantasies; one of the girls imagined herself working in a luxurious Victorian brothel, an other girl wants to become Miss Africa; those kinds of dreams. Jan Hoek photographed the girls in this full-force-fantasyland in Cape Town.

What Hoek and Lantink found in South Africa they brought back to The Netherlands; that’s what we got to see at the fashion show; Lantink gathered all the fantasies, including his own, and created the dream-couture-capsule collection. Amongst this collection the dream-outfits made in Cape Town were also on show; presented on a tableaux vivant-like mini stage on wheels, which was pushed over the catwalk by even more models (in all shapes and sizes known to human kind) who were wearing Bonne Suits in combination with shirts with photo prints by Jan Hoek. On the backdrop screen we could see Jan Hoek’s photo’s accompanied by quotes of the South African girls of the Sistaazhood.

The work of Hoek and Lantink matches (or complete) each other very well, and so do the South African girls and their the environment, a perfect match! Mimi Blogger Team was impressed and had to take a quiet moment by themselves after the show. Well done!

This project can be seen during MBFWA into two parts;
-MBFWA; The Sistaaz of the Castle dream-couture capsule collection, which was on show at the Gashouder (January 16, 2015 in Amsterdam).
-MBFWA OFF SCHEDULE; The Sistaaz of the Castle photography exhibition at Foam Amsterdam (opens on January 13 at 17:30 and is on view until 20 January 2016.)

Sistaaz of the Castle is made possible by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Art of Impact, MiaP Foundation, Fonds Kwadraat, Fotolab Kiekie, SWEAT, Vice Media and various donors.” (read more www.foam.org)