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LISELORE FROWIJN’S ‘FIRST’

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Every now and then, young talent pops up that is worth raving/going crazy about. Liselore Frowijn is only 23 years old and has already achieved a pretty impressive CV. She graduated cum laude in 2013 with her collection Afternoon of a Replicant with which she later won the Dutch Couture Award by Frans Molenaar and the Prix Chloé Hyères International Festival de Mode 2014(!). A little while ago she got to open the Vodafone Firsts Fashion LAB program at Amsterdam Fashion Week. It’s a program that helps to create a bigger audience for young designers and let them do something for the very first time and I think it’s inspiring. I mean, what was the last time you did something for the first time? For Liselore, it was her debut on the catwalk.

LISELORE FROWIJN’S ‘FIRST’

CLAES IVERSEN

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Just a few days before his show, I met up with Danish/Dutch designer Claes Iversen at his atelier to talk about nerves, Amsterdam Fashion Week, his new collection and what makes him tick. Because after showing 14 times at Fashion Week, does one still get nervous?

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OLAF HUSSEIN’S ‘FIRST’

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When it comes to Fashion Week, Amsterdam is always first on the calendar. What else is a ‘first’ is young menswear designer Olaf Hussein, who debuted on the catwalk last Thursday. In the midst of all the hectics that went on backstage, we had a chance to meet this talented guy and his creative business partner Daniel to talk about their very first show, their inspiration and future goals.

OLAF HUSSEIN’S ‘FIRST’

DAVID LAPORT DECAY ELITE

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On the second day of Amsterdam Fashion Week, David Laport debuted with his Decay Elite collection. Supported by Vodafone Firsts Fashion Lab, David sent his serene looking models down the runway in colorful works of art. With poppies, anemones and hellebrorus serving as his main inspiration, the designer referenced both the flourishing ánd withering kind. And as an ex-florist, David sure knows his flowers. While having a conversation with David last week, he told me that he wasn’t nervous at all. Backstage right before his show I briefly spoke to him again and obviously wanted to know whether the non-nervousness had changed or not. I can imagine most young talents could barely hold themselves together, but David was as calm as ever whilst he and his team were putting the last bits and pieces together. Even though I wish the collection would have been a little bigger, his signature structured pleats pretty much wowed the crowd. David is one to watch and I am excited to discover what he will do next. This post was created in collaboration with Vodafone.

DAVID LAPORT DECAY ELITE

AT DAVID LAPORT'S STUDIO

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Last week I stopped by the studio of designer David Laport, to have a little sneak peek at what he will be presenting at his very first show during Amsterdam Fashion Week. David is one of the thirteen designers chosen to be a part of Vodafone Firsts Fashion LAB, a program that helps to create a bigger audience for these young talents. David graduated in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague with an experimental collection inspired by the discomfort of fashion. In Discomforting, David used plissé to create flown up/wind blown skirts, a stiff high collar and see-through pleats. His new collection – that I saw a beautiful preview of – is a sequel of his last. As much as I enjoy watching a super wearable catwalk show (and be like OMG I want/need that now, not next season!), fashion as a form of true art is all the more exciting. All I can say is that I am super curious to see his new collection Decay Elite this Friday. PS: Download the Amsterdam Fashion Week app to watch the show with me (you’ll probably even have a better seat, haha) via live stream. PPS: David made his first piece of clothing when he was seven. It was a dress for his mom, made out of curtains. How cute! This post was created in collaboration with Vodafone.

AT DAVID LAPORT'S STUDIO

AT DAVID LAPORT’S STUDIO

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Last week I stopped by the studio of designer David Laport, to have a little sneak peek at what he will be presenting at his very first show during Amsterdam Fashion Week. David is one of the thirteen designers chosen to be a part of Vodafone Firsts Fashion LAB, a program that helps to create a bigger audience for these young talents. David graduated in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague with an experimental collection inspired by the discomfort of fashion. In Discomforting, David used plissé to create flown up/wind blown skirts, a stiff high collar and see-through pleats. His new collection – that I saw a beautiful preview of – is a sequel of his last. As much as I enjoy watching a super wearable catwalk show (and be like OMG I want/need that now, not next season!), fashion as a form of true art is all the more exciting. All I can say is that I am super curious to see his new collection Decay Elite this Friday. PS: Download the Amsterdam Fashion Week app to watch the show with me (you’ll probably even have a better seat, haha) via live stream. PPS: David made his first piece of clothing when he was seven. It was a dress for his mom, made out of curtains. How cute! This post was created in collaboration with Vodafone.

AT DAVID LAPORT’S STUDIO

CLAES IVERSEN

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If there is one word that would describe the typical Claes Iversen collection best, it is feminine. Playing with proportions inspired by a bow that is falling apart is the latest thing he showed on the second day of Amsterdam Fashion Week. A thing that came in little color; beige (and one babyblue one) pantsuits with flared trousers, a crisp white flowy blouse – shirt is just not the right word to be used here – worn with a bright red hand embroidered skirt and black elegant long dresses with side splits up to you know where… A more than very welcome catwalk appearance in between the commercial violence happening the rest of the week.

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IN MOTION

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Going in a more sophisticated -with less colors and prints- collection, Ready to Fish_ presented their new collection called ‘In Motion’ in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Inspired by movement of dancers, they came up with clean cuts and simple pieces, while trying to keep it refreshing. Going through the collection, I fell for the amount of white, a black semi-sheer long shirtdress and a coated dark jeans -which is nothing new, but I have never seen such a nicely done coating before.

IN MOTION

CLAES IVERSEN

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Claes Iversen got the honor to open Amsterdam Fashion Week last night, with a mix of elements from his previous collections. The Danish designer opened with minimalistic looks in grey and neutral tones, followed by colorful floral prints and butterfly decorations. What I really liked about his show was the storyline and how the neutral tones fluently went from bold floral looks to more dramatic colors and dresses. My favorite piece from this SS2013 collection is that black long sleeved dress with an amazing amount of handwork. I personally would have loved to see a different shoe, this silver one looks a bit cheap to me in comparison with the super chique collection.

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