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Tony Cohen @ AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK JULY 2016

Amsterdam Fashion Week Spring/:Summer 2017: Tony Cohen Runway + Backstage
Photographer : Giusy de Ceglia

Established and renown Dutch Designer Tony Cohen showed his collection Restrained and Release during Amsterdam Fashion Week SS17. This collection was very personal to him and represented his personal feelings of being stuck versus the feeling and relief of being released and free.

The difference between those feelings was expressed in an elegant and creatively designed all black and white collection. Restrained was expressed in corsets, leather belted waists, material cinched by ribbons, criss-cross material over the neck – and an elegant nod to bondage. Freedom was expressed in loose fitting airy clothes that one could feel how loose, flowing and free one would feel in them just by looking.

Overall a lovely collection that visually captured the two opposite emotions and feelings beautifully and authentically,

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Tony Cohen SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

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ILKEKOP @ Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016

Amsterdam Fashion Week Spring/:Summer 2017: IlkeKop Runway + Backstage
Photographer : Giusy de Ceglia

Brussels based designer IlkeKop – Urban Couture for the Non-Conformist,  brought her high-end youthful collection to the runway this season at Amsterdam Fashion Week. All pieces are produced ethically and locally in Brussels.

According to her website, Ilke Kop describes herself –

 “As an art historian and young fashion designer I aspire to bring a refreshing view on women’s wear. The fun and wonder of fashion are essential to my collections.”

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Monique Collignon @ AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK JULY 2016

Amsterdam Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017: Monique Collignon: Runway + Backstage
Photographer : Giusy de Ceglia

Fashion Designer Monique Collignon presented  her Haute Couture SS2017  ‘The conscious collection’. She created a collection that was socially responsible in every area from the working conditions to the  environmentally friendly fabrics.  The fabrics were made from recycled PET bottles that were sourced from Waste2Wear and each item has  a label stating the number of bottles it took to produce.

Monique Collignon is one of Amsterdam’s established fashion forces. She graduated from the fashion academy in Rotterdam in 1983 and today is known for her elegant and feminine top quality designs. She has dressed famous Dutch and international celebrities for the red carpet and has had pieces from her collection exhibited in Amsterdam Historical Museum as well as the Gemeente Museum Den Haag to represent historic Dutch design.

This season she can be very proud to be the first designer to use such recycled materials in a haute couture collection.

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Photographer : Giusy de Ceglia

 

Futura @ Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016

Amsterdam Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017: Futura: Runway + Backstage
Photographer : Giusy de Ceglia

Emerging fashion designer Dutch label FUTURA, designed by Anne Bosman, Sanne Schepers and head of business Tom Renema, presented their mens and womenswear collection during Amsterdam Fashion Week. The theme of this collection was about belonging and acceptance – the “FUTURA Community”.

The pieces are hand painted and embroidered with personal sketches placed onto Italian denim and in support of eco-friendly no waste left over fabrics from Auping.  Casual and fashion forward Jumpsuits, jackets, and backpacks all made it down the runway. The jumpsuits on both men and women were definite standout pieces.

 

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Karim Adduchi @ Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016

Amsterdam Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017: Karim Adduchi: Runway + Backstage
Photographer : Giusy de Ceglia

 

Emerging fashion designer  (this is only his second collection!!) Karim Adduchi presented the opening show at MBFWA (Mercedes Banz Fashion Week Amsterdam) SS17. This collection titled “She Lives Behind the Courtyard Door’ is about hidden power and beauty. This is a tribute to a blend of his Moroccan heritage and his childhood spent in Barcelona … and very specifically in honor of courtyards and the women living in them. Vivid colors and patterns, traditional rug fabric all make up a rich collection merging ancient craft and mystery,

All pieces are handmade – carpets are either created and woven on a loom or are selected antiques and then draped, sculpted and hand-stitched into beautiful wearable fashionable pieces. This gorgeous collection is a beautiful blend of fashion and culture. With his birth in Morocco, move to Barcelona at the age of 5 and young adult years in Amsterdam, Karim Adduchi has an up and close global fashion perspective.

Among the models at Karim Adduchi is Amsterdam Model Jolie van Dijk. One of the freshest and newest faces to watch this season on the runway.

Top Dutch Fashion photographer Giusy de Ceglia takes us both backstage and on the runway during Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016.

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Dennis Diem @ Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016

Amsterdam Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017: Dennis Diem: Runway + Backstage
*jewels by Bas Verdonk and mens clothing/shoes by Jos Jacob
Photographer : Giusy de Ceglia

Dennis Diem is one of Amsterdam’s Fashion Scene icons. This season he presented a 1950’s reminiscent collection called “Sweet Rebel” inspired by the movie “Crybaby”.  Crybaby tells the classic tale of the good girl / bad boy romance. The “good girl” feminine innocence was captured in soft ruffles, delicate dresses, lace, and pastels. This was balanced with the “rebel side” with boys on motorcycles and girls in black lace up leather corsets.

Diem honors the craft of fashion by creating beautiful and ethereal women’s clothing using traditional and handmade methods. One of his signature designs is his handmade corsets inspired by Marie Antoinette’s original corsets. He loves the way a woman’s presence and energy changes the second her posture does as she puts on a corset. The ability of the corset to change and sculpt the female form into as feminine a shape as possible also changes her self presentation and brings out a strong power.

Among the models at Dennis Diem is Amsterdam Model Jolie van Dijk. One of the freshest and newest faces to watch this season on the runway.

Top Dutch Fashion photographer Giusy de Ceglia takes us both backstage and on the runway during Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016.

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Bound Amsterdam @ Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016

Amsterdam Fashion Week SS2017: Bound Amsterdam: Runway + Backstage
Photographer : Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam designer duo Maras Rejaän Maras and Sheila Lopes Alfonso are an emerging designer team to follow. The two fashion designers debuted their menswear collection during Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Their menswear designs are made with the best Italian fabrics creating clean, minimalist and innovative pieces. Their goal is to fill in  the gap for stylish and fashionable premium menswear.

This current collection is titled “Class of 2017″ after a Japanese Film of the same name. The two are a perfectly balanced pair with Sheila Lopes Alfonso’s background in fashion and business and Maras Rejaän Maras background in graphic design. The two share the same passion for quality and minimal menswear design.

Top Dutch Fashion photographer Giusy de Ceglia takes us both backstage and on the runway during Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016.

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Bound Amsterdam SS17 Backstage – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK BACKSTAGE PHOTOS @ AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK

Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia
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Click here for full interview and story about Duran Lantink

Duran Lantink has presented a stunning collection inspired by “Sistaaz of the Castle”, a project he developed with photographer Jan Hoek about a group of transgender sex workers and their quirky clothing choices in the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

DURAN LANTINK FW 2016-17 BACKSTAGE – Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Duran Lantink Interview with Amsterdam Fashion Week Designer

Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia
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Duran Lantink has presented a stunning collection inspired by “Sistaaz of the Castle”, a project he developed with photographer Jan Hoek about a group of transgender sex workers and their quirky clothing choices in the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.

Outcome of this unique project have been Duran’s collection at Amsterdam Fashion Week and Jan’s photos, which are currently being featured in several exhibitions in Holland and abroad.

The local Cape Town sex workers association S.W.E.A.T. gave Duran Lantink and Jan Hoek the opportunity to meet and collaborate with their transgender support group Sistaazhood. For this project, Duran and Jan zoomed in specifically on six girls they have met there: Coco , Cleopatra, Sulaiga, Gabby, Flavinia, and Joan Collins.

Most of them are homeless and living under a bridge next to the castle of Cape Town. Duran Lantink found his own creative approach to clothes’ making had plenty in common with that of the girls, who use second hand garments often found in the streets to bring beautiful outifits to life.

Duran’s show has brought up deep emotions and even tears in the attending press and public, gaining a standing ovation at the end and becoming a major highlight of the latest Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week edition

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE INTRODUCED TO RUNWAY PASSPORT’S READERS AND FOLLOWERS?

Of course I would like to be introduced as Duran Lantink. But style wise I think about street couture. I use different recycling methods and collage techniques to represent street style. Who are we? And how do we represent? Of course, nowadays everything is more mixed up – I am looking for the DNA of street ware. Second hand clothes, deserve a second life, for example high-end luxury brands fused with clothes from a trash pile.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AT AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK AND IN WHICH WAY WAS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS ONES?

Well, I have to admit this project is the biggest show that I ever created. We had almost 60 models in the show, and several disciplines were combined into one final piece. My collaboration with Jan Hoek was very special to me for realising the project. It gave me the opportunity me to steer in between the different disciplines and categories.

YOUR SHOW HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED BY PRESS AND PUBLIC ALIKE – AND DEEPLY TOUCHED THE AUDIENCE FOR THE STORY BEHIND IT. COULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED IT AND YOUR COOPERATION WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER JAN HOEK? 

We found a photo on the internet of a trans sex worker in South Africa. She dragged us away, because she look really cool. Her clothes were really improvised and raw, but so stunning and creative at the same time. In the end we decided to travel to Cape Town and track down trans sex workers to photograph. Via Sweat, a sex worker advocacy organisation, we met Sulaiga, Gabby, Flavirina, Coco, Cleopatra and Joan Collins. We asked each of them to brainstorm their dream outfits. And I tried to recreate their ultimate fantasy. Then Jan took photo’s of the six in their dream look.

HOW DID THE SHOW AFFECT YOU AT A PERSONAL LEVEL? BEING SUCH AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED PROJECT, IT MUST HAVE IMPACTED YOU AT DIFFERENT LEVELS.

There has never been a more necessary time than now for such a project. It is shocking on one hand that in Africa the subject is really inappropriate. On the other hand I am happy that the Dutch people took this project so well. It is really double charged. As the fashion show and exhibition will travel to South Africa we really van confront the subject. This subject should not be kept quiet under any circumstances.

HOW DID YOU SELECT THE MODELS FOR THIS SHOW? WE THOUGHT THEY WERE VARIED AND VERY SPECIAL. 

What interests me is multi-cultural or even better said trans-nationalities. To be honest I was really shocked by the fact that most Dutch modelling agencies did not have dark skinned models in their selections. I wonder if the fashion industry will be reconstructed as at the same speed the world turns.

WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR HEAD RIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW AND RIGHT AFTER?

To be honest I can really enjoy the pressure that roams around backstage. It was like being on a playground with so many characters and types of people. Something magical was going on there: in the few hours of preparation we became a family and we realized that, it was more than fashion. This was the place where al the bits and pieces came together into one pure statement. I was proud of everyone.

EACH LOOK YOU PRESENTED WAS QUITE POWERFUL AND UNIQUE. IS THERE ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT MEANS A LOT TO YOU?

I feel that every single outfit is important to me. The outfits gave the girls the chance to express their world. The world they shared with me and Jan. The looks are not about being extravagant or insane, but about the reflection of personality of the girls.

NOW THAT IT’S ALL OVER, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE PAST WEEK? 

Well, Having my first gin tonic after two months.

Jan and I are fascinated by the overlapping between the models and the trans genders girls from South-Africa. They were all great, at one moment I was trilled because my memory from Cape Town became reality again.

Next year the exhibition and fashion show will travel to South Africa. I am so curious how the project will be accepted in the continent. I leave the others to judge, the only thing we can do is write a new chapter.

Jef Montes Interview with Amsterdam Fashion Week Designer

Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia
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HOW WOULD YOU BEST INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO RUNWAY PASSPORT’S READERS AND FOLLOWERS?

As an artist rather than a clothing designer, who’s seeking boundaries in fashion through my presentations, I follow my own instinct and my personal view on aesthetics without being limited by the practical requirements clothing has. When I start designing a collection, I start with a story. This story develops into a particular image in my head and eventually this will be converted to design.

I start with an image and don’t consider portability. When working on a collection, I use the immersion from former collections and knowledge from my previous research. It all becomes one continuing process. Material development remains the focus point in all my collections and I try to challenge myself to experiment with apocalyptical material manipulations, and specifically the possibility of the sculptural shaping of the material.

I studied Fashion Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem and I graduated in 2012 with a honours degree. During my studies at the academy, I developed a fascination for light and especially the effect light has on materials. Light has become the overarching factor of my work. For my dissertation thesis I collected all kinds of objects to which I felt a personal connection. Most of the objects were from my Spanish background, e.g. porcelain statues, communion candles and miniature ships. Especially their shape and shine has become the basis of my signature work, whereas my drive for experiments is the main part of my signature work. It can be seen in every collection I made. I’m fascinated by ‘experiment on stage’ and it’s my goal to develop one design directly on the catwalk in every collection . RESOLVER was a total collection experiment on stage.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AT AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK AND IN WHICH WAY WAS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS ONES?

This year was a exciting experience due to the tight schedule I worked on. In earlier collections I sometimes made the wrong choices concerning time schedules and communication, which resulted in something different from that that I had hoped for. It created chaos and obscurity. But it gave me the opportunity to learn and now I’m able to use that knowledge and my judgment in order to get myself and my team a better result. I feel like one needs all these experiences to learn each other’s ways and languages to be able to get better results in the future collections. For me, RESOLVER is such a result. For this show we had quite a few challenges, but it worked out really well.

YOUR SHOW – “RESOLVER'” – HAS BROUGHT UP MIXED EMOTIONS AND SHARP COMMENTS FROM WITHIN THE FASHION INDUSTRY. THE MOST CONSIDERED IT A MASTERPIECE, OTHERS WERE PUZZLED OR FOUND IT EVEN DISTURBING. WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON ALL THE BUZZ THE SHOW CAUSED?

In times where fashion seems to revolve around quotes such as ‘Fashion is Dead’ (Li Edelkoort) and ‘Why fashion is crashing’ (Suzy Menkes), I think a lot about my future as a designer. Resolver is Spanish for ‘to solve’, and stands for a new fresh start. My label gives me the freedom to create my own aesthetic reality and rules – this season I wanted to start with a clean slate by literally resolving garments. What is left? A blank page, the bare-naked truth, purity and love. RESOLVER is an abstract and highly personal response to the current speed of the fashion industry. It was my goal to create a buzz, because it was a collection meant for the press. What is left of the garments is too little to use in a showroom or to be lend to stylists. It was purely meant as a statement. And I’m glad that the show brought up mixed emotions, because it means that it makes people think and even encourages new awareness.

HAVE YOU HAD AT ANY POINTS DOUBTS ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR THE “RESOLVER” SHOW? WERE THERE MOMENTS WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT MIGHT HAVE NOT WORKED THE WAY YOU WANTED TO AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

The main challenge was the material. Together with the Textiellab in Tilburg (lab for fabrics) I developed a dissolvable fabric. This fabric consist of polyvinyl alcohol and cotton which dissolves in water. The threads are woven into a cloth in such a way that the dissolvable layer was on top of the cotton layer. The idea to weave it this way was a result from two former collections of mine. My First collection ILLUMINOSA was focused on pigment and my second collection VELERO was focused on the melting procedure.

When throwing water on the new fabric, it firstly would obtain a kind of a black spot (like ink) and then it would dissolve. The Textiellab donated 50 metres of this fabric which I used to create 17 garments. When testing the dissolvable fabric in Tilburg we used only a one layer garment even though the collection consisted of multi layered garments. Sometimes garments even consisted out of six layers. My biggest concern of course was whether the multi layers would prevent the garment to dissolve the way I had envisioned beforehand. I even instructed my team backstage to rip the garments in case they wouldn’t dissolve the right way. But the magic happened on the runway and when I saw the almost naked models I was euphoric. It was so much better than I had envisioned.

WHAT DID YOU DO BACKSTAGE TO ENERGIZE THE MODELS FOR THE RUNWAY FOR THIS SPECIFIC SHOW? WERE THERE ANY “CRAZY MOMENTS” LEADING UP TO IT?

Originally I had plans for this experiment in July during the Future Generation, but due to the policy of the model agencies I worked with ,it couldn’t happe, so I had to postpone this collection. This time my fantastic team managed to find beautiful models who dared to go naked on the runway. Of course some of the models were nervous, some were afraid about whether the balloons would crack and others about walking naked on the runway. Just before the show some of the balloons cracked because the water inside was too warm and we had to change the temperature of the water a little. But the risk of cracking too early was still there and that was very thrilling. Apart from the foreseen obstacles, there were a few that arose on the runway during the show. The dissolving garments left threads that sometimes went between the model’s toes and the water made the runway slippery. ‘Fashion dying on stage and models crashing like fashion’. But the models handled their responsibilities perfectly and it was a great feeling to realize that everyone was so committed to perform this show the best they could.

WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR HEAD RIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW AND RIGHT AFTER?

Just moments before the show I felt all the adrenaline going through me and I was very curious to see how the collection would dissolve and what it would look like in the end. One week before the show all the garments were finished and we made photos of models wearing the garments. Then I got a little scared about destroying the garments because I thought they were interesting enough as they were at the time. So just before the show started I had this ‘kill your darlings’ feeling, but I needed to do it to complete this experiment. Right after the show I was so euphoric because my vision came through. What is left of the garments is like pieces of contemporary art.

NOW THAT IT’S ALL OVER, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE PAST WEEK?

My favorite part of the past week was that my collection was destroyed in a successful way. The audience was very impressed by the show and even grabbed fabric from the runway and took it home. This was a big compliment to me. At the end of the show I got a splash of water thrown over me, this was liberating and felt like a fresh beginning of a new creative chapter. Also the love I felt from my team was amazing; everybody was blown away by the result.

YOU ARE KNOWN FOR BEING QUITE THE ARTIST AND NOT ONLY A GREAT DESIGNER. WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PLAN TO MERGE ART AND FASHION OR YOUR NEXT ARTISTIC PLAN?

My next artistic plan will be designing my new collection TORMENTA, with the focus on the unravelling process. Tormenta is the Spanish word for storm and I will present it in Paris this year.

WHAT COMES NEXT NOW, GENERALLY SPEAKING?

I want to cross the borders and show my work more internationally. Up until now I needed to do everything in the Netherlands for my evolution. By making mistakes and doing research I feel like now is the time to expand outside the Netherlands. I also look forward to experience different interdisciplinary collaboration in other countries. I hope to find more investors so I can continue experimenting with limitless creativity and showing more collections in the future. For me it is good to have a direction, but on the other hand I want to be open to unforeseen events because in the end I am someone who listens to his inner feelings.