Cold Method showed on the last day of Amsterdam Fashion Week. The place was packed, all seats were taken and there were many people standing to see their Spring/Summer collection for 2014. Cold Method is a label with a fresh take on casual wear ranging to clothes more suitable for the office. The usual suspects like checks, stripes, color and fabric blocking were incorporated to match a cheeky rock ‘n roll vibe.
(These photo’s are an impression of the show, venue and crowd, for more clear photo’s of the clothes best go to Team Peter Stigter)
This was the last collection for Dieter de Cock, after about 3 years at Cold Method he will be pursuing his career at Calvin Klein. From now on designer Karen van der Zon will be responsible for the Cold Method collections. Karen left JC Rags to join the Cold Method team. Yeah! Gratuliere Dear Karen.
We attended Francisco van Benthum‘s fashion show for Summer 2014, at day 4 of the Amsterdam Fashion Week. We had never seen his clothes on the catwalk before. We’ve seen men (and women!) in real life dressed in FvB, they always look spiffy in a very chique way. So did this show, it was well choreographed (by Kim Vos), was impeccably styled (by Jos van Heel) and had a great soundtrack (by Joost van Bellen and Sander Stenger). We thought the most clever part of this collection, named Marlin, was it’s contrasts, in both fabrics and shapes: traditional tailoring, color-blockings, sweaters and suits with a boxy silhouette next to the use of super light weight fabrics, mega over-sized trousers, slouchy trousers, coats and backpacks. The ‘soft side’ of the designs worked very well within the rules of Francisco van Benthum’s rather geometric style, it gave this collection it’s modern, casual and wearable look. Van Bethum has a flagship store in Amsterdam.
Color chart: black/white/grey/khaki/cobalt blue/yellow ochre
Fabrics: High-tech: semi transparent nylon, metallics and neopreen. Natural Fibers: linnens and coated poplins.
Prints: bi-color, inspired by the fragile underwater world
Shoes: Classic Dr Martens.
Surprise: 2 female models wearing regular menswear on the catwalk.
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Anne de Grijff showed on day 4 of the Amsterdam Fashion Week. She presented her collections previously at various venues but it was the first time for Anne de Grijff at AFW. Maybe that’s why she called this collection (Spring/Summer 2014) To Show. Her main idea; neatly pressed, folded garments, was executed with tight precision throughout the show. Next to the clothing, details, accessories, hair (by Olaf van Wildenberg) and choreography (by Martin Butler) were molded into the concept of straight lines crossing each other. We liked the garments in the first segment of her presentation, the geometrical creases were pressed into fluid materials in nude shades. In the second segment, introduced by the color orange, heavier materials, in black, took overhand. De Grijff translated the “folded” concept also into patchwork, in the form of a 3/4 leather A-line skirt with a zipper at mid-front and an A-symmetrical hemline, for men. All together it became a bit too much of a concept for our taste.
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Fashion duo Fred Farrow and Britt Avelon Tan presented their S/S’14 collection ‘All you need are Fresh White Nickers and a Towel’ yesterday. We attended this short show which had about 13 looks. They forgot a dress in Paris, where they live, but still managed to get their ideas across. We, at Mimi Berlin always like it when our minds are forced to drift off into a world we don’t know. That happened while watching the clothes (and shoes) designed by FredFarrowBrittAvelonTan.
Main fabric for this collection is terrycloth and broderie anglaise. They mostly tailored the terrycloth, the broderie was used for underwear kind of shapes. In the press release it said “Inspired by the ritual life of the American Indians, they include all facets of natural and human life.” Like the native Americans would have done they made this collection look like it was made of anything the designers could find in their own environment. For instance, they developed garments by knotting all kinds of fabrics together, made prints looking like ink stains and used “glass” slippers with heels in the shape of stones.