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NIKE CORTEZ

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About a week ago, Vogue magazine locked Nicole, Lizzy and me up for a day in this awesome new studio called Automat, with a table of healthy snacks, a polaroid camera, my usual camera, a rack of clothes and a few pairs of Nike Cortez sneakers, to each style and capture three different looks. They kind of remind me of old school bowling shoes, but in a really cool way… For the first look – with the black Cortez – I kept things really simple with a black silk shirt, a matching silk scarf and wide legged trousers. For the second look – with the classic white pair – I styled a sweater from the menswear department (which makes me look a bit like an ice skating champion) with suit trousers that have eyelet details all the way down the side. And for the last look I paired the metallic Cortez with my new favorite velvet trousers and a classic striped shirt and big gold dangling earrings. For more images and to see Lizzy’s looks, go to Vogue. Pictures by Nicole Huisman. This post was created in collaboration with Vogue and Nike.

NIKE CORTEZ

THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

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Last night Vogue launched their fourth September Issue, a fresh new number starring Imaan Hammam on the cover in a Dior catsuit. The issue – called In Love With Imaan – is completely dedicated to the Dutch beauty.

THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE

STYLE TALK WITH GIJSJE

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Vogue’s shopping editor Gijsje graduated as a fashion designer, favors pink, loves Alasdair McLellan, glitter and diamonds (who doesn’t?), rabbits and dinosaurs and would love to wake up one day as Lara Stone (again, who doesn’t?). We featured her once in our Denim Stories she made us curious to see more of her closet.

STYLE TALK WITH GIJSJE

LAST COLD

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Vogue’s Kelly Connor pretty much rocks what seems like the best solution to survive those very last few days of cold weather, the ones that are always the hardest. I mean who doesn’t want to hide in a sweater this big until Spring knocks on our door? Picture by Sandra Semburg.

LAST COLD

STYLE TALK WITH NATHALIE

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Nathalie is a Fashion Features Editor at Vogue Netherlands and she has one of the most enviable shoe wardrobes around me. The best thing about her shoe collection is that most (read: all) of her options are comfortable – mostly midi heeled – and wearable for any day of the week, yet they’re all still very awesome. As for the rest, she likes to keep things quite simple. Great minds think alike?

STYLE TALK WITH NATHALIE

POSTCARD FROM THE ARCHIVES

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POSTCARD FROM THE ARCHIVES

DENIM STORIES WITH GIJSJE

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Vogue’s online editor Gijsje rather buys shoes than jeans, loves Christopher Kane and Balenciaga, is a fan of outlet shopping and lives in Amsterdam in a home the size of a dice. Having little to no wardrobe space available, she’s pretty picky when buying new stuff, especially when it comes to denim.

DENIM STORIES WITH GIJSJE

STYLE TALK WITH RINKE

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With – in my opinion – one of the most covetable wardrobes in the city of Amsterdam, I could not help myself, but Rinke Tjepkema to do a Style Talk. Being an online editor for Dutch Vogue means she goes through (or to) each and every collection each and every season. As she always looks impeccable despite the fact of getting a regular overdose of fashion, let’s find out about the stores she loves and her shopping habits. How would you describe your own style? It seems to be ever-changing – which is what I love about fashion; the ability to transform and express different sides of yourself through clothing. At the moment I like a lot of nineties stuff, Levi’s 501s, Nike sneakers, mixing them with dressed-up pieces like Stella McCartney trousers or an Acne suit. And bare ankles with flat shoes. Contrast makes an outfit interesting: between masculine and feminine, or romantic embroidery anglaise and tough denim. I don’t like things too correct or minimalist. And I tend too wear a lot of quite big silver jewelry. You are the online editor for Dutch Vogue, how does your style reflect in your work? I guess it is by featuring stories and pictures of women whose style I like – more Chloë Sevigny than Gwyneth Paltrow. And I like dressing up for the office from time to time. Looking nice and making an effort always lifts my mood. You seem to breath fashion, how did you get involved in the industry? Until I was 25 I was completely uninvolved in the world of fashion, studying clinical psychology at university. But I have loved fashion for as long as I can remember. My mother still tells the story about the time she spent the whole night sewing a dress from a fabric I insisted on, only to refuse wearing it because I didn’t like the way it turned out. I think I was seven then. Growing up, I spent all my pocket money on issues of American Vogue and reading every single word in them. But it never occurred to me I could turn it into a career. Only after I got my masters degree I decided to move to London for a postgraduate course in fashion journalism. Needless to say, I quite liked it. Favorite brands? In a perfect world I would place a personal order at Acne, Givenchy and Céline every season. Shoes? In my dreams: Alaïa. In reality: Acne. Bags? Balenciaga. Shops? I love going to stores like Dover Street Market and Opening Ceremony for inspiration but to be honest I prefer the anonymity of shopping at big department stores. Nobody interferes and you can make up your mind without somebody else’s opinion and advice. Shop assistants in smaller boutiques make me nervous and I always make the wrong choices, or worse, end up buying something because I feel guilty for leaving empty-handed. So I go to De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam, Selfridges and Liberty in London and Barneys in New York. Current favorite item(s) in your wardrobe? Cropped grey skinny jeans from Current/Elliott, a navy polo neck knit, an oversized black tuxedo jacket from and black Balenciaga cut-out boots. Though when I don’t know what to wear, I usually end up in low waisted skinny jeans, black ankle boots and something oversized on top. Most precious item? A black leather jacket from BLK DNM, my Pamela Love tribal necklace and classic Chanel bag. Anything that is still missing? Everything I earn has always gone into clothing. Only recently did I start spending money on things for my apartment. I find nice chairs or lamps extremely expensive, when I would easily justify spending that on a bag or a pair of shoes. But I am learning to make wish lists that feature furniture now. Having that said, I have been on the waiting list for a black leather Hermès collier de chien for over a year now, and am getting rather impatient. Something that everyone should have in her closet? Being Dutch, I would say denim. One pair of great shoes. And a really good quality coat. Shopping tip? I believe that success can only be achieved through trial and error, so there will always be a few errors along the path to great style. Embrace your bad buys. It is very good to shop outside your comfort zone and try on things you think won’t suit you or you will never wear. It is often things I was gifted and would not have chosen myself that I end up wearing the most. I like experimenting with new things, although I also have a closet full of striped tops and grey sweaters that I never seem to stop needing more of. Any future dreams? For the moment, I am very happy with the way it’s going and what I am doing. I try to be good at what I do and am quite critical of my own work. I want to continue to learn new things and I think I perform best when the challenge is big. And when you strive to be your best, people tend to notice, it has been my experience. It might take you places you never imagined possible. In the pictures: 1. Top, Stella McCartney; Blazer, Acne; Shirt, Equipment. 2. Sneakers, Givenchy. 3. Jumpsuit, Stella McCartney; Bag, Chanel. 4. Bag, Chanel. 5. Top, […]

STYLE TALK WITH RINKE

AMSTERDAM WITH VOGUE'S KARIN

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To say that it is an honor to share Karin Swerink’s – editor in chief of Dutch Vogue – favorite spots in Amsterdam, might be an understatement. Knowing that she has the ability to instantly turn a new magazine one of the most popular ones (which she did from the very first edition at Glamour) and now helming Dutch Vogue made me sweat like a mad woman when I thought I was going to be late for our meeting in her favorite street, the Utrechtsestraat. Bless me for the fact that she walked in right after I properly recovered my breath, to tell me that – apart from a little extravaganza here and there – she also likes sausages and fries. SHOPPING Acne, Oude Spiegelstraat 8 COS, multiple locations Every once in a while I just have to go there, for the basics and all. Paul Warmer, Leidsestraat 41 I am addicted to their shoe collection. All Saints, Heiligeweg 49-51 They will soon open the doors of their first Dutch store and it is the perfect location for beautiful leather pants and the ultimate biker boot. De Bijenkorf, Dam 1 For everything you could not find in the stores mentioned above… It is good for browsing because they have everything, even though it is more fun to buy items from luxury brands in the actual store – because of the service and packaging. FOOD Marius/Worst, Barentszstraat 173 For the best sausages and the best wine. The perfect place when you are not going out for a ‘real’ dinner, but still want to eat something small. Baut, Wibautstraat 125 Deliciously underground with small but great dishes from all around the world! Rijssel, Marcusstraat 52 Rijssel is situated in a ‘residence’ and it feels very French. As if you are in Paris for a bit. Goudfazant, Aambeeldstraat 10H When the sun is out, my love and I like to hop in our little boat to go to this classic restaurant. Fier, De Clercqstraat 79 For the best fries. Lobster House, Frederiksplein 6-8 The place to go when you do not feel like cooking, but the Chinese takeaway around the corner is just a step too far. OTHERS Anna+Nina, Gerard Doustraat 94 This is where I buy my gifts for birthdays. Hotel Droog, Staalstraat 7 Beautiful goods, tasty brunches and shopping at Het Kabinet (which is the shopping part of the ‘Hotel’). Lucie’s Kralen Enzo, St Luciensteeg 22 For random browsing. De Posthumuswinkel, St Luciensteeg 22 This is where I go for graphic and typeface inspiration. PREVIOUS CITY GUIDES Paris with Liza Chloë.

AMSTERDAM WITH VOGUE'S KARIN