With the change of the season comes the first cool winter breeze, blowing through the stark white sky to leave a magical mist on the hill of Chaillot in Paris. It is here on the hill of the former village of Chaillot where the gorgeous Place du Trocadero is built, Show Me More…
On the evening that Tony Cohen presented his SS17 collection named “Restrained & Release” we were in awe of the simplicity yet complexity of the designs, featuring outfits that partially restrained the body with tight wraps of fabric, covered by loosely flowing layers on top. Some of the designs represented the feeling of total freedom, whereas others represented the feeling of merciless restraint. Inspired by bondage, the striking shapes and materials among the couture pieces provided the perfect edge to the more commercial pieces that are the essence of the pret-a-porter collection. With a palette of mostly black and white to symbolize and accentuate the contrast between ‘light’ and ‘dark’, just a few splashes of soft pink reminded us of the soft transition from feeling restrained, after which liberation feels like pure exhilaration.
One of the most intriguing shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam in a very profoundly emotional way was Miriam Reikerstorfer’s SS17 collection named “Subconscious”. Bringing us to a seemingly dark, but much more complex world of subconscious feelings she showed us flowing, almost ghoulish silhouettes in shades of black, grey and petrol with some very surprising pops of bright red color. As we absolutely love ombre pattern schemes to begin with, the use of it here added so much to the marvelous construction and draping of the designs, sophisticated yet playful and daring.
Convoked by the sounds of roaring engines coming from backstage, the south-western desert scenery of Nevada adorned with Vegas-esque neon signs welcomes the audience to the reverie named “Sweet Rebel” by Dennis Diem. With the catwalk illuminated in mystical hues of electric blue, the models strut by in outrageous creations of a collection that appears to have been soaked-in-black leather, dipped-in-pastels and laced-with-romance. Wearing sky high heels, the models are flanked by shiny powerful motorcycles which cruise down the catwalk, adding an unmerciful amount of exhilaration to the spectacle.
Having originated in the 60’s, the newfangled bohemian style is still shaped by the harmonious inner world of the free spirit, although forthwith evolved into the electro-folk, neo-boho look, a.k.a. ultimate summer festival uniform. Our ensembles encompass the traditional hippie characteristics merged with the boho ideology featuring a multi-layered draped shirt and ripped jeans for him, flanked by flared leggings with an ethnic print and bell sleeve tie-front top for her. The excessive amount of accessories complete the idiosyncratic feel. People will stare, so make it worth their while!
Swept away by the soothing sax notes played from the treble clef, our svelte ensembles hint at the pivotal times when 70’s uptown fashion evolved into the early 80’s sophisticated jet-set guise. The sheer finesse of the elegant silhouettes feature a wide-legged palazzo pant with slinky wrap-front blouse for her, flanked by a slim fit shirt and effortless skinny trousers for him. All drenched in a vibrant fuse of jewel tones, fashion is a way of saying who you are without having to speak.
Remembering the previous years we attended Amsterdam Open Air Festival, It seems to have become a subconscious tradition for us to arrive early to comfortably lay down and settle in the grass around the chill out zone while our friends trickle in one-by-one to join us. This area is usually located alongside the water, scattered with beanbags, cushions and hammocks while tranquilizing music serves its purpose to break the early afternoon and relax, preparing us for the exciting yet strenuous day ahead.
With the pink blossom petals floating through the air, we find ourselves soaring within rebellious realms with our modern day, rockabilly inspired ensembles. The frilly pastel pink petticoat for her is sonorous with our surroundings, forming a delicate style clash with the cropped plaid slacks for him and neo rock n’ roll elements of this deliberate discordance. Fashion is art and you are the canvas.
With the frivolousness of latter-day fashion, too school for cool is the new cool. Our neoteric contemporary ensembles waveringly verge on the hipster-ish demeanor which saunteringly plagues today’s streets. The black ‘n white stripes and stark white common projects off-set the abundance of black for him, flanked by the inky eclection featuring a culotte jumpsuit with cut-out details for her. Fashion is not our name, but it is our game.
Would it be hyperbole to say that a fashion revolution occurred in the 1970’s? Our ensembles are inspired by this funky decade featuring some flirty denim flares and frilly bell sleeves for her, flanked by the sexy suede and immutable turtleneck for him. Judging by the looks of these lovers, the jive talkin’, jive walkin’ trends are stayin’ alive. Fashion is cyclical, after all.
As we neareth the end of May, each day paints the sky either blue or gray, to match the petrichor fray. Our office to London gig-goer ensembles subsume a hint of urban Brit sophistication. Never a fad, is the timeless grey on blue on grey-blue glen plaid for him, flanked by a black and white glen plaid for her paired with distressed boyfriend jeans. Finally, to soften the tread of our trotter, classic Chucks do the trick since 1921.