Fashion: Dennis Diem AFW 14

I got an invitation to attend the show of Dorhout Mees during the Amsterdam Fashion Week. I’m a big fan of her work so it was a pleasure to go. I thought her collection was beautiful, but the main colors didn’t appeal to me as much. I did however like her nature theme and think her work always is beautifully organic. I also saw some shots of the AW14 collection Opium Dream by Dennis Diem. I really liked his ethereal collection very much so I chose to feature some photo’s on the blog. I love collections that really emphasize the feminine and I thought Dennis really was successful in doing exactly that. The flow and cut of his dresses is really magnificent! His dresses are dreamlike but have a touch of the dark side… Remember his name! {Photo’s copyright Ganbaroo}

Fashion: Lesia Paramonova

While we are in the middle of the warmest winter in ages (you don’t really hear me complaining) I can easily get away with looking at summer collections past and present. According to the Russian fashion designer Lesia Paramonova her brand LES (Russian for ‘forest’) attempts to merge humans and nature. This is why you can see a lot of floral prints, animals and transparent materials in her collections. The photo’s of this collection are from her summer 2012 collection and I think they are really beautiful. Soft materials with flowers and animals, pure and feminine. Like a dream. Do check out her latest collection at her Tumblr site. She makes her own illustrations too. {all photo’s copyright Lesia Paramonova)

Artist: Lyndie Dourthe

It seems somewhat ‘incroyable’ I haven’t blogged about the French Lyndie Dourthe, since I secretly want to BE her. I’m just that much of a fan. In my opinion she’s just about as beautiful a creator as they come. She creates intricate sculptures made of fabric and often places these pieces under glass in a delicate composition. It took her many years to perfect her unique technique of painting the fabric and her atelier must be a rare magical collection where dreams do come true. With recent features in MILK magazine and FLOW her work is gaining international attention. I bought a little ladybug years ago and like to think I discovered her first *wink*. { All photo’s copyright Lyndie Dourthe website }

Kindred Spirits Interview #7 Mae Engelgeer

I’m a huge fan of the work by Mae Engelgeer so I jumped at the opportunity of visiting her studio and interviewing her. If you don’t know her work, you must be living under a design rock, cause she’s been featured nationally and internationally in almost every design magazine and blog from Elle decoration, to Bloesem and she’s taking the world by storm. On top of that she really is the sweetest person. Please make sure to check out MagasinMae for your very own Mae Engelgeer piece or check for the nearest retailer. The Kindred Spirits interviews are now done in a slightly different format. I hope you like it!  Can you tell something about your background and how you ended up in textiles? I have a background in fashion. I graduated at AMFI, the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, where I specialised in Textile Design. After a while of working in fashion I was accepted at the Sandberg Institute, direction Free Design, the master course of the Rietveld Academie. Here I had the opportunity to learn more about textiles in relation to autonomous art and design and especially the area that exists in between.  Where do you find your inspiration? What has been the inspiration […]

Fashion: Sage & Ivy

I love the spring/summer collection 2013 by fashion brand Sage & Ivy, founded by Alexia van Engelen. The use of (different) materials and soft colors and patterns are amazing. I would love to own a few of her pieces but there are somewhat expensive. They are dreamlike don’t you think? {All photo’s via Ganbaroo PR}

Workshop: Heute Urlaub

It’s been a little bit quiet here, not because there is something amiss (I really like that word, reminds me a bit of Shakespeare), but because my days were filled with happy things and nice weather. Summer seems to have finally set in here and then everything feels better doesn’t it? Last Saturday I finally had the chance to visit concept store Urlaub in Utrecht and did my very first screen printing workshop by Femke from Windstilte. I went together with Rivka and Nina who are turning out to be my regular workshop buddies and I really was happy with the end result. We made a scarf (mine was grey) and had to come up with a simple form to screen print. I chose a pink circle. I wanted to do a second round to finish my ‘design’ and add another smaller circle, in a different color, but as it turned out we didn’t have time for one because well, we ate cake and chatted and shopped so time flew by. If you have a chance to visit Urlaub and the lovely Ellen please do! I recommend doing a workshop! (and am already checking out the fall program – like […]

Fashion: & other Stories #4 London

Granted I’m not aware of everything that happens in fashion, but I could not believe I missed the exciting news of H&M group starting a new store concept with the title & other Stories. So when my sister-in-law told me and emphasized their style was great and I would love it I was eager to find out and checked the website. I did love what I found! What luck then, I was to go to London where they have a store on Regent Street! & other Stories just fills the gap in style between H&M and their low prized casual day-to-day style and the minimalistic Scandinavian feel of COS. & other Stories just fits in perfectly, it’s classy, playful and colorful and lets you create your personal style from shoes to make-up, BAGS!!! and lingerie. Everything is of high quality but affordable, although more expensive than H&M.  It’s a definite must-see and the great news is they ship to Holland with low shipping costs (6 euro).

Shops to visit in my hometown: Trade Studio

O dear, it’s been way to long since I last did an interview! But luckily I have a really nice one for you now! As you may know it’s been almost a year since we moved to the cutest town in Holland and one of the clothing stores in particular stood out for me even before I moved here. It’s called Trade Studio and it has the most beautiful Scandinavian brands. I asked the owner Karen Staal some questions and she was nice enough to answer them for me and I’m really proud to have my Trade Studio closet photographed. You can check it out here. For those of you who are planning a visit to my dear city do make sure to visit! What kind of shop is Trade Studio?  Trade studio is a light boutique in Haarlem in the area HoutZuid. The basis of the collections lies with classics and timeless pieces, that are enhanced with a considerable amount of Scandinavian style. Many of our labels come from Denmark and surprise us again and again with their simple beauty. Next to that personal advice is key, we gladly search for a style that really represents the individual. How long […]

(Fair) Fashion: Suno NY

I discovered the brand SUNO in the January/ February issue of Frankie magazine. I just love their use of color, the loose beautiful silky fabrics and their feminine style. Behind the brand of SUNO lies an interesting and fair story: “SUNO is a New York based womenswear label founded in 2008 by Max Osterweis in collaboration with designer Erin Beatty. The collection was launched in Spring 2009 after post-election violence threatened to damage the economy and industry in Kenya, a long time second home to Osterweis. Using vintage Kenyan textiles that Osterweis had been collecting for years, they created their first small collection, produced predominantly in Kenya. Since its inception, SUNO has evolved its business to include production in Kenya, India, Peru and its home base of New York. Via a combination of traditional, local techniques and high-end tailoring, as well as an emphasis on fit and fabric, SUNO is able to offer a global, unique view of the luxury world in an accessible way. SUNO currently offers a jewelry collaboration with Pamela Love, as well as a capsule footwear collection with Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, incorporating the unique prints and fabrics of the collection into each design to maintain the same optimistic, fresh, and slightly […]

Fashion: Lena Hoschek

Remember when I went to the Modefabriek? I was mostly inspired by MINT, but I did come across some brands I did not know yet. One of the stands that caught my eye in the section Refined+ was a very colorful one that seemed out of place because of its exotic and free spirited nature. The women’s clothes were all very beautiful, mostly dresses and skirts. I took a catalogue with me and was pleasantly surprised when I flipped through it back home. It had the most beautiful photo’s, of course with beautiful clothes, but the decor and feel of the campaign truly is fantastic. A lot of attention to detail went into it and as you may well know it’s all in the details. I wanted to share some of that beautiful catalogue with you, if you want to see it whole you can find it online here. The brand is Lena Hoscheck, an upmarket women fashion label from Austria. I suspect this catalogue will become a collectors-item. It’s really that great! {Because of the paper used for this catalogue – an off-white matt – any increase of ISO diminished sharpness and color. Since I’m not a professional photographer this […]