Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sorel embodies honest and unpretentious footwear, combining style and comfort. Many fashion-victims, like Bastiaan van Schaik and Jetteke van Lexmond, were spotted wearing their Sorels during Amsterdam International Fashion Week. The organisation of AIFW were extremely happy to slip into their Sorels in between shows: high heels are great, but in the typical Dutch icy weather, Sorel definitely saved the day!
The show started with models in a lot of black and leather: elegant but cool. The silhouettes throughout the show remained very powerful; the Claudia Sträter-woman is sexy without showing too much skin. Each item is beautifully made with a great eye for detail: high standard as we expect it to be. Basic colour like black, brown and beige are lit up with touches of vibrant red, sea blue and the occasional animal print. The basic designs leave room for individual interpretation and invite women to mix and match. Claudia Sträter is very now, but also very tomorrow: this is timeless fashion at its very best.
Photos by Maria Rudnaya
Written by Lisa Goudsmit
To me the Korean Yeu truly is one of the biggest innovators in menswear today. He is not afraid to give his designs an androgynous touch and to use materials like wool, denim, velvet ánd fur. Using basic colours like black and grey and combining them with orange and silver details, the designs get a timeless but trendy look. We are already looking forward to his next collection…
An exciting new event took place during the weekend, just a few steps away from the official AIFW runway venue: Contemporary Luxury Experience the Eyewear Volume #01. In an original setting, some of the world’s most interesting eyewear designers showed their collections. Not Just Vision invited labels like Paul Smith, Badgley Mischka and Linda Farrow to connect to the audience.
We talked to Simon Jablon, son of the legendary Linda Farrow and creative director of the company, who told us he only relaunched the brand 6 years ago. “My mother designed throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s and worked together with brands like Sonia Rykiel and Balenciaga. After 3 decades of hard work she quit mid 1980s. It was like 6 years ago that I found this warehouse filled with my mother’s vintage designs and decided to continue her work. I redesigned some models and now we here we are.” And Linda Farrow is definitely here to stay, again. Celebrities like Nicole Richie, Madonna and Pixie Geldof have been spotted wearing Linda Farrow, but their best ambassador is probably Lady Gaga: she seems to absolutely love all the extravagant designs. Currently the Olsen Twins are working together with Linda Farrow as well: they asked the brand to create a special collection for them. The revived eyewear label is also working together with amazing fashion designers like Dries van Noten, Raf Simons, Alexander Wang and Matthew Williamson.
Photos by Maria Rudnaya
Written by Lisa Goudsmit
Sunday morning started with CLUB BRILLIANT presents Breakfast at Amsterdam. The gathered crowd was treated to crossaints and coffee, a nice way to recover from Saturday night and to start this very last day at Amsterdam International Fashion Week. The showing designer, who was kept a secret till the last moment, was La Dress by Simone.Introducing the collection was a mixture of short clips: the Golden Globes show of last year, clips from the legendary movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn, pieces of old 1940s Hollywood films and parts of Top Gun and Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise to name a few. At first sight the clips didn’t seem to have so much in coming a part from the fact that they were all reflecting the typical Hollywood glamour, all in a specific zeitgeist.
As the show started, sweet French chansons were played and a group of models, all wearing cute pastel-coloured dresses, entered laughing and giggling. The dresses were typical for La Dress: elegant, sophisticated and feminine. I loved the entire atmosphere and entourage, tres joli et Français! This first subcollection is called “a Box of Candy” and we love it (almost) as much as chocolate!
Part 3 of the collection was named ‘She’s a Busy Lady’; obviously inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Dresses designed to make every woman, at every occasion, feel confident and feminine. We loved the classic cuts, the nice fabrics and the entire effortless-chic look.
The last subcollection, ‘A Night to Remember’, included the most glamorous pieces. Cute cocktail dresses, party outfits and evening gowns were all perfectly executed. My favourite was a long black off-the-shoulders dress with a bow to highlight the waist: classic and elegant with a twist, everything we expect from la Dress.
The show ended with a deserved standing ovation....