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Kristina Viirpalu KV Couture Fashion Show by Photographer Marc Wainwright

The Kristina Viirpalu Couture Fashion Show took place recently in London and was shot by local fashion photographer Marc Wainwright.

Fashion designer Kristina Viirpalu creates very unique and feminine pieces made of the finest silk, wool or cotton. These special hand-knitted couture dresses are detailed and artistic pieces to be cherished. 

While functionality is not the main focus of  a couture dress, her designs are still  wearable, comfortable and can be styled  many different ways. The colourful embroidery patterns of the national costumes of a small Estonian Island Muhu which inspire her piecec, have transformed into elegant haute couture for the modern woman.

Combined with the delicate knitted lace of the traditional Haapsalu shawl, Kristina Viirpalu’s talent for giving traditional patterns the modern touch and inspired by Louis Armstrong’s vibrant music, the new collection for KV Couture is born!

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jolie van Dijk – Fresh Face to Watch on the Runway @ Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2016

Amsterdam Fashion week has kicked off with a very stylish start and a perfect blend of familiar faces and up and coming emerging designers. In the model scene a fresh face to watch returns to the runway for her second season of shows is porcelain skinned Jolie van Dijk who was elegant and glowing in both Dennis Diem’s  Runway Show  and Karim Adduchi’s Runway Show.

This model was discovered at 15 by Dutch Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia who is known for spotting unique new faces. She was taken with Jolie’s unique features and her presence. She has both a sweetness (in real life as well as showing through on the runway) and a sophistication. A classic model with a bit of an edge that looks as if she is a blend of The classic Teen Vogue girl with the Nylon edgy fashion forward girl.

Photographer :  Giusy de Ceglia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VESTIPHOBIA by Uta Bekaia Fashion Show

Saturday night the artist and fashion designer Uta Bekaia invited us once again into his world where he presented his latest collection of art-wear works. Filled with smoke the dark room was solemn and heavy. The audience was transcended in a fantasy of an apocalyptic celebration that came to life through movement, video, music and text. He featured parts of ancestral rituals with elements of Butoh (Japanese Theater) , 19th century circus, and contemporary dance.

The stage was conceived as a fashion arena where costumes were the embodiment of animal instincts, dreams and desires. Digging in the unconscious’ most primal nature – violence and sexuality – VESTIPHOBIA offered a contemplation of vileness’ hidden beauty.

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Georgine at New York Fashion Week – NYFW

Georgine was definitely one of the best runway shows we have seen this New York Fashion Week. We have attended the show before and loved their feminine, luxury, high end designs but this show knocked out their previous ones!

This show demonstrated a lot of innovative textures, nature inspired sequin flowers and insects, flowy fabrics, sheer materials, etc. which we appreciated so much! There was a lot of color and fabric blocking which was something we saw in a lot of other shows but Georgine definitely executed it in one of the most creative ways out of everything we have seen.

Below is a collection of some of fave fashion looks from the Georgine

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SDN Brooklyn @ New York Fashion Week

Only at new NYFW… pink-haired dog sits front row at SDN.

One of our favorites this fashion week was our own Marcus Hicks — the designer behind sustainable and Eco-conscious label SDN Brooklyn. The show was held at the beautiful Dune Studios and the audience was filled stylish and elegant SDN followers.

The black and white collection was minimal but made a point. We saw organic cotton voile long dresses paired with faux fur jackets and one was splattered with red paint followed by model carrying paint can, referencing PETA.

Some looks consisted of cropped suit-vests and jackets made from hemp and woolens, organic cotton fleece hooded dresses and long organic cotton t-shirts.

His very exciting “backward” oxfords, which are designed to appear as if shoes are on the wrong feet while structurally wearable, sound, and comfortable were featured again becoming a signature piece of SND.

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SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

Photo by: Kristen Walther

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

Photo by: Kristen Walther

 

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

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SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

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SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

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SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

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SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

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SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

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SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

SDN Brooklyn NYFW Show Fall/Winter 2016

Photo by: Kristen Walther

 

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DURAN LANTINK BACKSTAGE PHOTOS @ AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK

Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia
Click here for runway photos
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.

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Duran Lantink Runway Photos @ Amsterdam Fashion Week

Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia
Click here for backstage photos
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 - Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week F/W 2016-17. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Duran Lantink Interview with Amsterdam Fashion Week Designer

Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia
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Click here for backstage photos

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.