Monday, 24 July 2017

Federico Cina - FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017

Federico Cina, recent Polimoda Institute graduate, won the FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017 Talent Award.
His menswear collection 'Come Una Vita Viene Al Mondo' stood out according to the jury and press.

“Exist for the first time, to exist for my country, to exist as if to be born.” (Monica Cirinnà, extracted from the speech to the Italian Senate House). When I created this collection, there was a dabate in to approve civil unions for gay families became legal, so I tackled the subject with greater sensitivity, and I wanted to represent my family. A family without diversity, which can raise a child and do everything a heterosexual family does. Breast pumps included in men’s clothing with a military background, destructured, classic stereotype of the male universe, tell the story of an individual who takes care of their child.
In these dresses there is a desire to make their voice heard, the desire of a child, and the ability to build a family in the future. For me, this collection also becomes the bearer of a social message. It seems absurd that someone can decide what is right or wrong for other people, since this is the name of the collection “HOW A LIFE COMES ALIVE IN THE WORLD”."

Photography Team Peter Stigter

Alessandro Trincone - FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017

Alessandro Trincone, the winner of FASHIONCLASH Festival Talent Award 2016 returned to Maastricht for the 9th edition of the festival with another breathtaking collections 'Agendermi'.

"Agender/Gender/Genderless.Agendermi talks about the gender. About the people that cannot express themselves because of the other people.The freedom of the identification in iconic masculine and feminine garments. The freedom of express ourselves through what we wear. The freedom of do not think what the people say about us. I don’t make clothes for man and woman, I do it for people.I choose to show my collections on man because is connected at my principal inspiration, MySelf. It works for me because it’s also an exercise that I do with my body. Just express."
Photography Team Peter Stigter

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fashion Makes Sense LAB - FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017

Does Fashion Make Sense?
The Fashion Makes Sense LAB was especially designed and curated for this edition containing an exposition, designer market, performances, films, workshops and fashion talks. The LAB space and scenography is designed in cooperation with Studio Stad, who is also responsible for the design of the Forza Fashion House and all previous editions of FASHIONCLASH Festival since 2011.

In relationship to the central theme ‘Fashion Makes Sense’ a curated selection of work will be exposed. In the LAB one could explore the extraordinary installations and presentations of Pleun van Dijk, Floriane Misslin, Olle Lundin, M.A.F. van der Vloed, Jo Cope, Djeli, Sepideh Ahadi, Sensewear and Daan Couzijn. Furthermore there was a live sewing studio by slowFASHIONfast from Bosnia and Herzegovina, presentation and workshop from TextileLab Amsterdam and interactive performance by Mami Izumi, Iris Woutera and the dance performance by LAGOM by MIJ x Mila Halizova.
The designer market offered a unique experience where one can meet new designers and obtain one of a kind clothing, jewellery and accessories by LUDUS, LOV-S, Nous Avons, Soolista, Joelle Boers, JEN MM DSGN and many more.
Sunday 2 July was dedicated to dialogues and encounters; the Fashion Talks. Moderated by Saskia van Stein, artistic director at Bureau Europa, a stage was given to a several festival participants and professionals such as Carolyn Mair and Roosmarie Ruigrok (Clean&Unique) to engage in the discussion. Here the audience, designers and more debating about the festival’s theme: (Does) Fashion Makes Sense.

Vere van Hal

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Boaz van Doornik - Amsterdam Fashion Week

Boaz van Doornik presented his new men’s collection LEAF, during his debut at the 27th edition of the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam. The inspiration for LEAF is in line with his award-winning graduate collection ‘Monumental Memories’, which was all about his father, the nature and beautiful childhood memories.

The basis of the LEAF collection was inspired by a few dried oak leaves that Van Doornik found at home, crushed between the pages of a book.
He told “I do remember placing them in the book, but I totally forgot about them. When I found them, it was like finding a treasure! It was winter and there were no leaves on the ground anywhere. I loved the old leaves, weathered by the ravages of time.”
Finding these leaves took him back to his childhood and the amount of leaves he used to pick up during the forest walks he made with his father. Especially the ‘propellers’, that every kid loved to play with, revived Van Doorniks fascination for shapes and structures of leaves and seeds.

Images: brankopopovicblog, source

Liesbeth Sterkenburg - Amsterdam Fashion Week

Liesbeth Sterkenburg, the Artez 2016 graduate, had a promising start with her first solo show at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam. At the previous edition of Amsterdam FashionWeek, she took part in Beauty and the Beast, a Disney-supported collection that included one of her ensembles, and several of her designs appeared in Future Generation.
For her new collection NEWSTREET EXPO she got inspired by retro hip-hop and '70s-streetwear.

All images are by brankopopovicblog


RECONSTRUCT collective presented their SS 2018 collection at Amsterdam Fashion Week.
The set design and choreography was created in cooperation with Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck.

RECONSTRUCT is a collective of six female designers who graduated in 2015-2016. After graduating from WDKA in Rotterdam, Laura Aanen, Zara Asmail, Alyssa Groeneveld, Kim Kivits, Michelle Lievaart and Sanne Verkleij decided to join forces and together shake up and conquer the fashion world.

RECONSTRUCT represents change and is out to redefine the fashion system. For the collective, the current system is outdated and in need of renovation. They presented their first joint collection at the 26th edition of Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam, which included something from each individual yet still represented a coherent, innovative look. The collective was inspired by the famous art historian, whose ideas and process they’ve applied to their own collection.

All images by brankopopovicblog

Klaudia Stavreva - Amsterdam Fashion Week

One of the coolest shows this year at Amsterdam Fashion Week was by Klaudia Stavreva who showed a personal collection. Her father opened the show, followed by a very simple yet fresh and effective choreography; needless to say a very strong cast of models.

Recently graduated from the ArtEZ Fashion Masters, the German born designer with Macedonian origin presented her collection BOSSTVRVA TEIL, which is a follow up to her master collection.
The presentation was enriched by a video-clip from her childhood. In this video, Klaudia and her sister put on their fathers HUGO BOSS suit to play dress up.

"I was inspired by the Sworn Virgins in Albania. They're women who live men's lives. They take a vow never to marry or have children, so that they (for instance because of a shortage of men in the family) can work to support the family. While I was doing this research, I suddenly thought about how my sister and I used to dress up in our father's BOSS suits, so I decided to combine the two stories together." 

All images by brankopopovicblog

Atelier. by Lotte van Dijk

Atelier. by Lotte van Dijk at Amsterdam Fashion Week

One of the highlights this year at Amsterdam Fashion Week this summer was the collection by Atelier. , label by talented designer Lotte van Dijk. 

After completing her fashion master's programme at ArtEZ she got noticed by being one of the finalitsts at Hyères Festival 2017.
In her work she combines art and clothing and produces all of her designs herself. She works like an artist treating each garment as a piece of art. All of her garments are beautiful in their own way and like wearable pieces of art.

“By painting on fabric and draping with the result, you keep the strength of the illustration and immediately see the impact of the painting on the silhouette - the relationship is clear, as opposed to a two dimensional print, developed independently.” 

Find more about Atelier.

All pictures are by brankopopovicblog

Lichting 2017

Sarah Bruylant
On Friday evening, July 14 the ArtEZ Institute of the Artsgraduate Lizzy Stuyfzand won the Lighting 2017 main award.
In a spectacular catwalk show, 14 fashion graduates presented their graduation collections to the audience of Amsterdam Fashion Week.
Lizzy won the Lighting 2017 Award worth € 10,000 made possible by the Meester Koetsier Foundation. The Audience Favorite Award, powered by Ten Cate, chosen by a select group of fashion professionals in the audience, went to AMFI graduate Sarah Bruylant. She won a prize worth € 3,000.

Next to the winners the mention it is worth to congratulate all finalists who showed that there is many talent in The Netherlands.

Lichting is an initiative of HTNK and FashionWeek Netherlands, Lichting was launched in 2007 and each year the best graduate collection of the country gets awarded.  Each school out of seven Dutch fashion academies sends out two graduates, who get to show selection of five outfits on the runway during Amsterdam Fashion Week. Prior to the show, they have to present and defend their work in front of an international jury, which included Zowie Broach (Head of Fashion at Royal College of Art in London), Floor Kolen (Fashion designer and 2010 Lichting finalist), Federico Poletti (Editor, curator and consultant) and Philippe Pourhashemi (consultant, stylsit and writer for various magazine).
Lizzy Stuyfzand

Monday, 17 July 2017

Barbara Langendijk x Noon Passama

Barbara Langendijk x Noon Passama at Amsterdam Fashion Week presented a beautiful collection with a performance developed in collaboration with House of Makers.

Barbara Langendijk x Noon Passama met during their studies at the ArtEZ Fashion Masters. Barbara designs clothing and Noon is a jewellery designer. For this collaboration they were inspired by traditional smocking and gathering.
"Today's presentation is inspired by the people who use to wear a smocked garment, called the 'smock frock', which historically were a group pf tough men, shepherds and wagonists. Together with interdisciplinary arts company House of Makers, we developed a scene in which the audience and the models are placed in a context inspired by the shepherds and wagonists. However, in a play on the historical context, the shepherds are replaced by the models, and the audience is herded by them, confined and forced to view them from an opposite position than is usual for a fashion show."

Photography by brankopopovicblog

'My Paper Crown' - Bas Kosters

Festive presentation of 'My Paper Crown' collectionby Bas Kosters at the opening night of Amsterdam Fashion Week.
With this show he expressed his love for humanity and creativity.

 'Everyone deserves a fair chance in life'.

The show was staged as a festive 'Carrot Day' played by actors from the Toneelgezelschap Dood Paard. Meanwhile Bas Kosters himself sitting on a pile of patatoes. By peeling the patatoes he overlooked the stage and audience expressing the joy for the simple things in life.

M.E.N. - Amsterdam Fashion Week

Strong debut by the new fashion brand M.E.N., a collective by three talented Dutch fashion designers Maartje Janse, Elysanne Schuurman and Nikki Duijst. The name M.E.N. is representing each of the designers' name first letter.

With their collaborative project they have managed to merge all their talents into a promising first collection ‘ES TUT MIR LEID! Ich habe mich verwählt’ . In addition they made sustainable choices by using left-over materials from other designers such as
Ann Demeulemeester, A.F. Vandevorst, Dries van Noten and Walter van Beirendonck.

The show started with a team of rugby players entering the runway and laying out a green 'grass' carpet, representing their quest to take traditional male and female clothing codes out of their context.

Pictures by Team Peter Stigter


Meet Nika Čuić, the designer behind NIKA TOM, from Zagreb, Croatia. She is 26 years old and she holds a degree in Fashion Design and Costumography, and also economics. What she loves the most about being a fashion designer, is that she can be herself. She presented her latest collection 'Peripeteies' at FASHIONCLASH Festival in Maastricht.

Can you tell us something about the project you will present at the FASHIONCLASH Festival? What do you try to communicate with your project?
The project I will present is named 'Peripeteies'. It deals with balance between reality and the inner one made in our thoughts and felt through emotions. The question is what is real and how to delineate it from the mind of a self and is this real just a confirmation of our expectations and beliefs. On the other hand, the mind is living its own reality which is created by interconnectedness of yourself with lived experience, it is a gateway between the finite and ad infinitum. Letting the mind communicate with the reality enables a possibility to create its own reality which is then known only to ourselves. The mean is to represent both worlds, many realities on the same piece and let them connect together. Since the mind of oneself is hard to be grasped with words and expressions, my goal is to express it through clothing and in that way to explore the possibility of functionality of this balance.

What does your brand represent?
My brand NIKA TOM represent the extension of myself. First of all, TOM stands for my mothers shortened family. To continue, my work represents me, respectively, my mind, feelings, thoughts and everything that an individual can't describe with words. I have always had a need to express that in one way and, by set of circumstances, had always been surrounded with a sewing machine, fabrics and all sorts of materials helped me to achieve that.

What are so far your main achievements in your career?
Ihave participated in lots of shows and exhibitions during two years period, and one of the most notable was Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. I was also a part of the Designers Profile in the Mays issue of British Vogue- page designed with the intention of showcasing a range of upcoming designers.

What are your biggest struggles as a young designer/artist?
Lack of financial resources, technology, materials.

How would you define fashion?
I wouldn’t really define it. Every individual speaks and does for himself, respectively, creates something which he or she finds accurate. You can really communicate with clothing, and I think that is the goal here - to speak out.

What fascinates/inspires you and why?
Literally everything! I always have a different inspiration, but there always has to be a reason and connection why did it happen. These inspirations are often connected with my personality, surroundings, everyday situations, emotions, people, art , music…

Why have you decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH Festival?
I decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH Festival because it focuses on supporting emerging young designers and gives them the opportunity to experiment with fashion and create something unconventional.

Does fashion makes sense to you?
Most of the time not, because it had gone to extremes of consumerism, rapidly changeable trends and uselessness. On the other hand, communicating with it, expressing yourself, making something different, long-lasting and with good quality does make a lot of sense.

What are your thoughts on making ‘fashion’ more environmentally-friendly?
I think every individual also has to think and work towards sustainability as much as he or she can for the benefit of the unity.
What are your thoughts on the senses in relation to the human body? Clothing is in a close relation to the human body because of its tangibility. Body feels the fabric and decides whether it will accept it or not. When they match, they become one. Clothing and fabrics shape the body reacting differently on each person. Clothing serves the body's appearance and also helps a person to express themselves.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Schepers Bosman SS2018 - Amsterdam Fashion Week

On Saturday the 15th of July 2017, the designer duo Schepers Bosman presented their cool new collection at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam.
The third collection of the duo, consisting the designers Sanne Schepers and Anne Bosman, is a game of concepts such as 'familiar, normal, ordinary' and an assembly of stereotypical garments.

With the artist Robert Rauschenberg as a style icon, Schepers Bosman collects a wardrobe of timeless clothes. This season, they present a series of detailed items and use them as building blocks to form an explosion of shape and color. Through assembly techniques inspired by the work of sculptor John Chamberlain, they take widely-known garments out of their context and translate them into spatial expressionistic images. They play with concepts like 'familiar, normal and ordinary.

Revaluation of the garment Schepers Bosman has a joint vision: the revaluation of the garment.  

"We find that clothes and the craftsmanship has lowered in respect these days. By removing clothes and fashion from their context and placing them on a higher level, we want to create a new awareness. Develop products that are accepted as paintings or graphic art, without losing the original function. Our dream: Create clothes that you would like to wear and you want to watch. Hereby we challenge ourselves to seek for exclusivity within the mass. "

Schepers Bosman is a creative collaboration between Sanne Schepers (1989) and Anne Bosman (1988). Both graduated with cum laude in 2011 at ArtEZ, the Institute of the Arts Arnhem, BA Fashion Design. Schepers continued her studies at the Institute Français de la Mode (IFM) Paris, MA Fashion Design. Bosman graduated from Central Saint Martins in London, MA Menswear Fashion Design in 2014. In recent years, Schepers won the G-Star Raw Talent Award and Bosman two H&M Design Awards. 

Photography: Team Peter Stigter

Friday, 14 July 2017

Das Leben am Haverkamp opened Amsterdam Fashion Week

Dutch fashion collective Das Leben Am Haverkamp opened the  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam on Thursday evening.
Once again they surprized the audience by expressing their joint vision on contemporary fashion, questioning the fenomenon of fashion. What is fashion is you take away the functionality of clothes?
A cast of models representing 'normal' people and diversity of the human body, carried 2D mostly plastic see-through creations in hands facing the audience. 

Anouk van Klaveren (1991), Christa van der Meer (1988), Dewi Bekker (1990) and Gino Anthonisse (1988) – joined forces and formed the collective Das Leben am Haverkamp after graduating from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Their unconventional approach to design and fashion results in thought-provoking, unpolished work, often inspired by alter egos, boyhood and floral curtains. New, uncharted territory is explored during the inventive performances and presentations of Das Leben am Haverkamp. All the members have their individual label, and present it collectively.

* images by brankopopovicblog, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam


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