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A / AFTERDRK TURNS 5 THIS MONTH!

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How time flies when we’re having fun huh? afterDRK turns 5 years old this month and since I can’t remember exactly what day it aired (some of the archives got wiped a few years back), I figured why not celebrate for the whole month of November? You have been the best readers I could have wished for and without getting all too sentimental, I thought it was time to treat you a little something. Well actually it’s a whole lot of somethings.

A / AFTERDRK TURNS 5 THIS MONTH!

THE DENIM EDIT

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Shorts, Vintage Levi’s; Espadrilles, The Old House (available at Anna+Nina); Sunglasses, American Apparel; Unisex Perfume, Scotch & Soda; Scarf, Rika; Denim Vest, Proenza Schouler.

THE DENIM EDIT

'TIE'

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Whenever I get an invite with a dress code, it gives me an instant panic attack, especially when it is one that ends with ‘tie’. You see, I am not a dressy person… And so I usually end up trying to come up with a good excuse to just not attend the event, but sometimes you get one you can not refuse. A few weeks ago I got an invite to Vogue’s Queens Ball, to celebrate the ‘birth’ of our new queen, Máxima. It was only a few days before that my eye spotted the dress code: black tie. Oh dear, what the h*** am I going to wear? My dream dress was easily found at Balenciaga, yes the black one with the pink ruffles, aahhh. But since I am not the one to splurge almost 6k (I mean you could travel around the world with an amount like that, just not in a fancy dress) on a dress that I am probably only going to wear once and then sleep in it for the rest of my life, I had to search elsewhere. And so I ended up in this gorgeous black dress from Rika, likely the only floor length dress you will ever see me wear, but still perfectly ‘me’. Dress, Rika; Shoes, Prada; Clutch, Giorgio Armani; Lipstick, Chanel Rouge Allure.

'TIE'

‘TIE’

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Whenever I get an invite with a dress code, it gives me an instant panic attack, especially when it is one that ends with ‘tie’. You see, I am not a dressy person… And so I usually end up trying to come up with a good excuse to just not attend the event, but sometimes you get one you can not refuse. A few weeks ago I got an invite to Vogue’s Queens Ball, to celebrate the ‘birth’ of our new queen, Máxima. It was only a few days before that my eye spotted the dress code: black tie. Oh dear, what the h*** am I going to wear? My dream dress was easily found at Balenciaga, yes the black one with the pink ruffles, aahhh. But since I am not the one to splurge almost 6k (I mean you could travel around the world with an amount like that, just not in a fancy dress) on a dress that I am probably only going to wear once and then sleep in it for the rest of my life, I had to search elsewhere. And so I ended up in this gorgeous black dress from Rika, likely the only floor length dress you will ever see me wear, but still perfectly ‘me’. Dress, Rika; Shoes, Prada; Clutch, Giorgio Armani; Lipstick, Chanel Rouge Allure.

‘TIE’

FASHION ETIQUETTE /1

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The first thing I learned as a kid when I started to wear jewelry was to never mix the metals. I kicked off my love for jewelry at the age of around 7, when my mom – who worked at a jeweler at that time – took home that crazy scary pistol to pierce my ears. Tiny little gold hoops it was for years and years and two super thin golden rings to match. That was until I was old enough to go shopping on my own and found out there was much bigger jewelry available. The bigger the better! After experimenting with all kinds of colors and sizes of things to accessorize my fingers, wrists, ears and neck with, I came to the conclusion that less is kind of more. And also that it is ok – even cool – to mix the colors up. I now have a few things that I never take off (my earrings, two silver rings and a watch that changes from time to time) and add whatever I am in the mood for in the morning, regardless its color. Rings from Senesense (3D printed!), Cooee and Tiffany & Co, watch from Juicy Couture and bracelets I designed for Maison de Bonneterie.

FASHION ETIQUETTE /1

THE CAMPAIGN

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This is the full campaign Lesley and I did for Maison de Bonneterie, called Things We Love for Autumn. Which one is your favorite? photography/ Reinier van der Aart, RVDA styling/ me and Johan Bak hair and make-up/ Britt Sleebos location/ Umsjatka Studio’s backstage photography/ Lisa Galesloot mini models/ Zara & Xander Hoogstraten ps/ The bracelets are available again, 10 of each color HERE. .

THE CAMPAIGN

THE LAUNCH

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Click on the arrows for more pictures. This was my first time officially cutting a ribbon. A huge thanks to everyone that showed up at the launch of the afterDRK x Maison de Bonneterie collaboration.

THE LAUNCH

THE BRACELET

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A couple of months ago, the Dutch luxury department store Maison de Bonneterie came up to me and asked me if I wanted to do a collaboration with them. Back then, we were not really sure what it was going to be, but we definitely wanted to do something with the windows. And so we decided that I could style, and eventually also model, their Things We Love for Autumn campaign. I collected 22 looks from the new collections, 11 for my boyfriend – who was happy to do the male part of the modeling – and 11 for me. We shot the whole campaign at the end of August with the amazing photographer Reinier van der Aart and those pictures are now hanging in all Maison de Bonneterie windows in Amsterdam and The Hague. I have to say it is super cool, but at the same time kind of weird to see myself hanging there, I mean those pictures are not the smallest! Then I got my own little baby, my own window. I decided it had to show a little sneak peek from behind the scenes of our collaboration. The result is kind of a Pinterest board with backstage images – shot by Lisa Galesloot – from the shoot and a cool little window that showcases the bracelet I made to celebrate the whole thing. Speaking of that bracelet… The idea for it came to existence when I was moving in together with my boyfriend. Our style is pretty much a simple mix of everything we bump into and I am slightly obsessed with all things industrial. When my dad came help us hang up our old Czechoslovakian factory lights, he needed me to get him what is called a shackle/harp closure. Until that day I had never heard of it before, but the minute I saw it, I knew that was going to be my bracelet. The bracelets are available HERE in gold, silver and rose gold for 79 euros a piece. They are limited edition (there is only a 100 in each color) and they are all numbered. I hope you like them!

THE BRACELET

IN BLACK

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I was wearing an H&M Trend jumper, my mom’s jeans, Givenchy boots, a Luv Aj necklace and my own bracelet – available in a few days.

IN BLACK