Fashion Designer Dorhout Mees presents her runway collection at Amsterdam Fashion Week – AW15.
Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia – giusydeceglia.com
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH MODEL WEARS WHAT LOOK?
Oh so many different elements.. Height, color of her hair, or even just her presence or the way she walks..
WHAT DO YOU DO BACKSTAGE TO ENERGIZE MODELS FOR THE RUNWAY BEFORE EVERYONE GOES ON
Depends on the atmosphere backstage, sometimes I find a moment with them individually and we visualize where strength comes from, or we just take a few deep breaths together just before they go on. This last time everything went so well and everybody was so happy and in the moment we where just dancing to the music backstage and everyone was saying let this moment last for ever, we don’t want it to end. But I always tell every one of my models, just before they go on to keep in mind that it is their moment and not to forget to enjoy it fully.
WHAT NEW MODELS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS SEASON?
I am excited about a lot of my girls.. but am especially proud of a few girls that I have worked with from the very start, like Lis van Velthoven, and Noa Vermeer, amazingly beautiful girls inside and out.
WHAT TIME DID YOU GO TO BED THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SHOW?
Honestly I didn’t see my bed… But a day like that you just run on adrenaline.
ANY CRAZY MOMENTS LEADING UP TO THE SHOW (i.e MISSING ACCESSORY, ETC)
We had a model who was sick on the morning of the show, so we had to find somebody else on the day itself.. very stressful.
WHAT DID YOU DO THE NIGHT AFTER YOUR SHOW?
I had champagne with friends.. we celebrated the moment. Especially they know all the hard work and hours that’ve gone in, all the obstacles.., because they’ve seen it for 6 months.. So it is something we all feel together in that moment.
WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD RIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW AND RIGHT AFTER?
Right before the show I always take a small moment for myself and wisper something like a wish for the show, for the moment,the work and for everybody in it. Like a blessing of sorts. Right after the show I don’t really think anything, just feel a big relief if all went well and a lot of emotion.. my own combined with everybody else’s that jump on you right after the show. It is like a warm tornado.
NOW THAT ITS ALL OVER WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE PAST WEEK?
The part where everybody that came backstage, from close friends, my own team till press all came to me with tears in their eyes telling me how it touched something in them and they where moved very deeply. That made me cry.. is their any bigger compliment then that you have truly touched someone with your creation…?
YOUR SHOW EARNED A STANDING OVATION AND BROUGHT THE PUBLIC TO TEARS. DO YOU FEEL YOU ACHIEVED THE MESSAGE YOU HAD HOPED TO CONVEY?
Yes, isn’t that the biggest honor.. a standing ovation and tears.. I am so grateful. And it is truly my goal to take people to a different state of mind, take them out of the mundane, and let them experience what I’ve experienced in the 6 Moths I create and work on a collection, fabrics, prints, stories, movie and music. I want to show my collection in that context.
WHAT IS NEXT NOW?
Now I am already working on my next collection, and also working towards a bigger international market. Just keep on growing, creatively, internationally and keep on telling my stories.
Model Jolie van Dijk is one of Amsterdam Fashion Week’s freshest faces on the runway. With just a few months of experience and her very first fashion week she is already a must have model. She opened last month for Aziz Bekkaoui at Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week and walked another major show – Dorhout Mees.
This dewey faced new star was discovered by top Amsterdam Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia. Ms. de Ceglia, along with shooting the top shows of Amsterdam also discovers and represents favorite models she really believes in.
Jolie is already getting significant attention of casting major casting directors in the Netherlands and abroad.
All major bookings can be done through exclusively through Giusy de Ceglia – http://www.giusydeceglia.com/
Photos courtesy of Giusy de Ceglia – http://www.giusydeceglia.com/
Runway at Aziz Bekkaoui
WHAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK?
Doing the runway wearing all those stunning designer clothes.
It’s such an excitement and a honor to be allowed to do that. Makes you feel really special and beautiful.
WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF MODELING?
Having the chance to shine on the runway – and later on when all the publications come out.
You can step out of your daily routine for a while and become someone else. And I can’t wait to travel, meet new people and make new experiences.
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT?
You can’t really show your emotions when you’re doing the runway or while they take photos of you backstage.
WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD WALKING DOWN THE RUNWAY?
I’m super excited and happy, enjoying that very special moment and knowing I’ll see my photos later on all those amazing and lovely websites. It’s surreal.
WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR HEAD DURING THE FIRST SHOW YOU WALKED?
I was a little nervous of course, but was so worth it! They were the most amazing twenty seconds I’ve had in a while.
And in those twenty seconds the only two things I felt were excitement and happiness.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR AFTER FASHION WEEK?
I’m going to work on my portfolio. Afterwards I’m hoping to go international.
WHICH LOOK FROM THE RUNWAY WAS YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?
The first outfit by the amazing Aziz Bekkaoui, that I got the honor to wear opening his show at Amsterdam Fashion Week.
It was such an awesome cool outfit and I loved the shoes.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS?
Actually I don’t have any ‘favorite’ designers, because I pay more attention to the clothing itself than the name on the label.
So I like various outfits from many different designers – but if I really had to choose I’d say Tommy Hilfiger, Jean Paul Gaultier, Oscar de la Renta, Coco Chanel, Valentino and Ralph Lauren.
WAS THERE ANY ROUTINE THAT YOU DID TO HELP YOU BEFORE YOU WENT ON THE RUNWAY TO PREPARE FOR THE SHOW?
To be honest with you, none in particular. Before a show I just try to stay calm and relaxed.
If I start thinking too much about it, I know it will go wrong.
ARE YOU WORKING ANY MORE RUNWAYS BESIDES AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK? IF SO WHICH ONES ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ATTENDING?
I started modeling just a few months ago and Amsterdam Fashion Week has been my first amazing experience. Got the honor to open for Aziz Bekkaoui and was booked for the beautiful show of Dorhout Mees as well. Things have gone really fast, but I’m loving it!!
Next it would be awesome to walk in Milan and Paris. Have heard from my agent there has been interest already, so I can’t wait to move onto the next step of this adventure.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START MODELING?
It all happened when I less expected it. A friend of mine who wanted to be a model asked me to take her to an Elite Model Look casting in our area last summer. Once we got there, she came up with the idea to make me sign up for it too, since I had nothing to lose anyway.
So I did and ended up in the finals. They didn’t offer me a contract, but that’s where I met Giusy de Ceglia, my current agent.
We clicked right away and it all went really fast. She met my parents and they were just as enthusiastic as I was. I signed a contract with Giusy and ever since I’ve had the most amazing model agency ever!
WHAT IS YOUR SKINCARE REGIME? WHAT HOLY-GRAIL PRODUCTS/METHODS DO YOU LIVE BY?
I remove my make-up with clean water. That takes all of your make-up off and it’s refreshing.
After I use a cleaning product from Lancôme and as final touch I put some night cream on my face.
HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY AND KEEP YOUR BODY IN SHAPE?
I drink a lot of water and juices and also sport often.
It’s really important to remove your make-up at the end of the day and avoid using cheap products that could irritate your skin.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ANY STARTING OUT MODELS?
Keep your mind sharp and do not get easily nervous or carried away. If you expect too much or overestimate yourself, things will definitely go wrong. At the same time you must believe in yourself, otherwise you’ll fail. The most important thing is to be yourself and not try to change at any cost – You’re beautiful the way you are!
HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH GIUSY DE CEGLIA?
It’s been amazing! Giusy is such a lovely and caring person – and she always knows what’s going on. She is not just my ‘agent’ but also a true friend, because besides the modeling part she also really cares about how I feel. That’s what makes her special and different form a ‘normal’ agency. I think we have achieved a lot together over the past few months, thanks to her one-on-one approach. I’m currently the only model she is representing, which means she can fully focus on my development – besides her main work as a professional fashion photographer of course.
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WHAT WAS YOUR MOST RECENT COLLECTION ABOUT? THE ONE YOU ARE ABOUT TO SHOW?
It is about Theaters, Decay , velvet, crushed concrete , handmade shoes inspired satin pointe , contrasts in form and material , the collection reflects a combination of extremes. I became fascinated by places velvet red curtains gave access to a wide variety of performances night after night, in beautiful costumes and impressive decors , and now became spaces of silence and oblivion. Theaters where a distant echo of the applause echoes against the weathered walls of the scene. Theaters in decay.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?
I find you can be inspired by everything really.. If I would have to narrow it down to a couple of things I would probably say nature and architecture. Also within those two I find the contrasts I love most, organic fluid shapes and constructed forms and hard lines. I love lines.. Always have.. To find a beautiful line or to create one has always been something I look for first. It is something I literally feel in my fingers when I draw up a design..
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?
I want to tell stories, elaborate stories that take you on a journey, weather you wear my design or watch my films or feel it when you listen to the music I create for a show..
You can tell stories in so many ways, in a photo, in a film, music or even in sent.. and you can combine them all and let them tell you a story of a dress for instance.. a dress you’ll live your live in, you’ll experience things in.. it is really intimate. I like to add to that and create something beautiful to wear when you are living your life.. That is such an honor to me.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR CAREER AND WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING?
Those are moments that keep changing and moving forward somehow..
First it was when I created couture for Bruuns Bazaar when I was working there in Copenhagen. It went to New York Fashion Week, it was special because like the Netherlands Denmark doesn’t have a background in couture. So it was exceptional to be able to create something to prove that is was actually possible. Then I started my own Label and gave my own first show, even after creating so many shows for all the fashion houses I worked for before, it was special to do my own. Then it became more about the business side of leading your own company, that is something completely different but you’ll have to be creative there as well. I am proud now of the fact that I have a label that is never still, but tries to challenge itself to come closer to its essence every collection and that is financially healthy.
That is a big challenge these days.
I KNOW YOU WORKED FOR MANY YEARS AFTER GRADUATING FOR AN ASSORTMENT OF DESIGNERS – HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS TIME TO GO ON YOUR OWN?
Something you just feel. Off course I always knew I was to start my own label. It was just a matter of when. It was a very conscious choice not to start straight after the academy, but learn more, and learn all the thing you can only learn from working, not studying. I always realized the importance of that. Then after a certain point I felt I had learned enough to at least have the knowledge to solve problems or where to look to solve them. Same goes for production and financially how things work. Just a more rounded knowledge of what this industry entails. I knew I had something to say and that this was the time to say it.
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE GROWN SINCE YOUR FIRST COLLECTION?
I have developed my signature more and more within every collection I created. It is something I will want to continue doing for as long I as I can create.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE OR CREATED THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
That is a short answer: DORHOUT MEES.
WHAT DESIGNERS HAVE INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?
Haider Ackermann, without a doubt. I can ‘feel’ his designs, you can see how they where developed from an emotion or feeling of some sort. And his craft and techniques are unique. He tells stories in a very special way, and I respect that enormously.
WHAT STANDS OUT OR IS SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR LABEL?
I always prefer others to answer those questions ;-) Or even to let the work do the talking.. But I’ll try anyways.., I think it is probably the fact that I am trying to find a balance between the conceptual and the wearable. As both are equally important in my work I strive to come closer to the essence of that every collection. And individually every piece is a word or maybe a sentence and together they are a story..
IF YOU COULD DRESS ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?
Right now I would love to create something for Lana Del Rey or Lykke Li. Although I have to say that creating something for women that have the mindset of getting the most out of live and accomplishing their goals and making them work, is my biggest motivation.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STARTING OUT DESIGNERS AND WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE YOU GOT WHEN YOU WERE STARTING OUT?
My advice would be to start working for other labels first, see how it’s really done. And be prepared to give your every minute to it, anything less then that will not work.
Best advice… Probably; ‘Don’t forget your thank you notes’
WHAT ARE YOU DOING AFTER YOUR SHOW?
I will celebrate with my team, as we always do. Have dinner and drinks and be thankful we created something together. Then I will hopefully go somewhere far away where I will put my phone on silent and won’t read my mail 😉