Denim Days ®

When we speak of fashion we seldom address jeans or denim as they belong so much to everyday casual streetwear and used to be for working class people only. But Denim and Jeans represent much more. As a matter of fact, they are enshrined in all of our contemporary genes – yes genes, not jeans.… Continue reading Denim Days ®

Antwerp and its Fashion Academy

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A team effort of 50 years. The city of Antwerp, Belgium, celebrates the 50 year anniversary of its Fashion Academy along with the 350 year anniversary of the Royal Arts Academy. Foremost known for its old masters in painting, recently more established as the place where trendy upbeat music is created, there can be no… Continue reading Antwerp and its Fashion Academy

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Whole Lotta

For the headpiece with the light blue feathers, Lotta Isopuro used her mother’s leather pants and necklace from the 90’s. A big seashell used in an Australian wind chime was given a new life and honored with the pride of place in the front of this extravagant creation. Lotta is a Finnish designer living in… Continue reading Whole Lotta

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Sjaak Hullekes

‘’I am a Libra, Comfortable & Creative ‘’   He started its collaboration with the Paris-based press-office PRESSING in 2009. As a result of this collaboration his clothing has been used for many editorial photo-shoots, and covered in magazines. Sjaak Hullekes: We have introduced the Sjaak Hullekes brand in the summer of 2008 at the… Continue reading Sjaak Hullekes

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Andrea Mohr

Ingredients of daily life and work of a successful young menswear designer: In the summer of 2012, I spoke with Andrea Mohr, dedicated to making her work reach out to an international audience. We spoke of 7 elementary topics:   Andrea Mohr: ‘’detail-oriented, driven and sometimes quite stubborn’’ ABK Maastricht-Fashion Design B.A. in 2012   1)  International… Continue reading Andrea Mohr

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DENHAM : the jeanmaker

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Denham from top to bottom Exploring the 5 story building of the DENHAM brand flagship store in Amsterdam is like walking around in a modern jeans factory where shop, service center, kitchen, storage, large showrooms, design and atelier spaces merge together with no strict borders between them. At least they feel totally open to me… Continue reading DENHAM : the jeanmaker

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MoMu : Walter van Beirendonck

Exhibition : Dream the world awake. Note: Van Beirendonck and MoMu closed the following exhibition with a total of 56.000 visitors in February 2012. The entire work in the field of Fashion design with all his collections and collaborations can be observed in close detail on close to 90 (!) rotating platforms in the Antwerp… Continue reading MoMu : Walter van Beirendonck

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Alexander McQueen exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition came to an end last night, but it has already considered one of the Met’s top exhibitions. This puts Savage Beauty among the ranks of other historic blockbusters at the Met, including the Tutankhamen (1987), Mona Lisa (1963) and Picasso (2010) exhibitions. The show is… Continue reading Alexander McQueen exhibition

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Oscar de la Renta

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Oscar de la Renta is born on July 22nd 1932 in the Dominican Republic’s vibrant capital city, Santo Domingo. His childhood spent in this tropical island, filled with color, flowers, and sunshine, has and continues to inspire his bright palette and beautiful designs. “My great strength is knowing who I am and where I come… Continue reading Oscar de la Renta

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Giorgio Armani

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Born July 11 (The Day of the Unsolicited Opinion) Born on July 11th in Piacenza, Italy, Giorgio Armani became one of the most famous and fortunate fashion designers in no more than 25 years and is still expanding his imperium worldwide with stores around the entire globe topping annual turnover of $1.6 billion and a personal… Continue reading Giorgio Armani

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Raf Simons

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One of the indisputable individual kings of menswear. How can anyone actually get a clear picture of Raf Simons, designer and artistic head of the brand Jil Sander for the last 6 years and also the head of his own label: Raf by Raf Simons? ”Not me but the collection has to be in the… Continue reading Raf Simons

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Antoine Peters

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About ANTOINE PETERS A designer – and self-proclaimed soccer fanatic – with an extensive fashion education and impressive credentials, Antoine Peters graduated cum laude from the Art Academy in Arnhem, completed a master’s at the Fashion Institute Arnhem, and worked for the Dutch fashion house Viktor&Rolf. He is well known for his A SWEATER FOR… Continue reading Antoine Peters

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Noorderlicht photofestival 2011

Noorderlicht photofestival 2011

Summer exhibition Fashion – Story of a Lifetime Groningen – The Netherlands 16 July – 28 August 2011 Opening 15 July 17:00 This exhibition from the Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai gives a unique overview of haute couture in the twentieth century, with iconic work by influential fashion photographers. In Fashion – Story of a… Continue reading Noorderlicht photofestival 2011

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The Green Fashion Competition

Elsien Gringhuis winning the 2011 competition at AIFW

Amsterdam International Fashion Week (AIFW) is organizing its second season of The Green Fashion Competition (TGFC) in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I). The Green Fashion Competition is a contest which encourages participants to create ‘green’ and ‘catwalk-worthy’ fashion. Participants will design three outfits and write a business plan… Continue reading The Green Fashion Competition

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Backstage OGER’s quality menswear

Oger: catwalk shoot for new collection

Oger is synonymous with top level menswear dressed for success from the Netherlands with a latin twist. Sander Lusink, son of founder Oger Lusink who left the company in the hands of his two sons to lead the way for a new generation, speaks with me on Oger’s new collections. We are in a 40×30… Continue reading Backstage OGER’s quality menswear

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Headtrick

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All out of the hat of Christophe Coppens Christophe Coppens is a Belgian designer who first boggled my mind around ten years ago. At that time I used to live in Antwerp where I witnessed a ‘fashionshow’ of Coppens’ hats worn by models like in an ordinary catwalk show but far more more extravagant in… Continue reading Headtrick

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Mind over Matter

MADE-BY

MADE-BY The NGO ‘Made- By’ collaborates with brands and designers in providing solutions in creating a sustainable supply chain. Widening their interests on a global market is a key element in Made-By’s and its partner Solidaridad’s strategy. 30 brands have adopted their strategy so far. Their hands-on approach towards changes within the demand and supply… Continue reading Mind over Matter

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Mad Hatter : Accent-trick or Eccentric?

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Stephen Jones The Fashion Museum  MOMU in Antwerp dazzles us once more with an unexpectedly interesting solo-exhibition. This time the Brittish hatmaker Stephen Jones is ”in vogue”. Not just magazine covers like Vogue, I-D and The Face  have been embellished with photos of models wearing his creations. We have all frequently seen his hats over… Continue reading Mad Hatter : Accent-trick or Eccentric?

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ONTFRONT menswear

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A shift from night to day in menswear Meeting up with Liza Koifman and Tomas Overtoom , the key figures of ONTFRONT based in Amterdam, has never been difficult. Apart from designing their menswear they also used to celebrate the arts in a wider context in nightlife before starting their fashion label half a decade… Continue reading ONTFRONT menswear

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Delvaux

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For insiders Delvaux – a luxury leather bags brand based in Brussels – is not just the oldest in the world of its kind. It is also still a fashionable one- the company has changed throughout the years and has taken many different craftsmen and designers on board. Artistic Director Veronique Branquinho- herself a distinguished… Continue reading Delvaux

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Marlies Dekkers unwrapped

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Interview done in 2009  in Rotterdam, the epic centre of all creations by Marlies Dekkers. After Marlies Dekkers- a young lingerie designer and entrepreneur from the Netherlands, finished her studies in fashion design with great admiration by the jury some 15 years ago, things have gone almost impossibly fast and prosperous for her brand. She… Continue reading Marlies Dekkers unwrapped

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