TREND REPORT | Fashion Week Favourites I

White Lights
Alexander Wang completely smashed it with his see-through collection full of floating jackets, dresses and even trousers! I predict that the minimalist gladiator heels will be sold out in no time. Just another pair of brilliant shoes... Other white favourites include the designs of Neil Barrett, who keeps it neat and simple again. This pair of Palazzo trousers in the mix with a stiff oversized jacket is daring, but he can pull it off. Then we have Diesel Black Gold, who gave their show a golden edge. Best outfit was the coated jeans in combination with a plain blouse and fringe heels.

Blue jeans, white shirt
All sorts of blue came across the catwalks, from darker hues to babyblue, from navy to faded electric blue. Haider Ackermann nailed it with this suit that looks like it is inspired by the Japanese art of folding. The sleek cut is perfect, and the materials are nicely contrasting. Matthew Williams chose for a more colourful way of combining, with loads of embroidery, faded blues and greens and an overall nature look. Haizhen Wang was in my opinion the best of Fashion Fringe, the London equivalent of Project Runway. Graphic prints and patterns, geometrical compositions and tough models. He's a newby ánd a Wang, so my expectations are high...

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ART + ARCHITECTURE | Espen Dietrichson

ph / David Desaleux

On my hunt for inspiration, I criss-crossed the field of architecture. The use of textures, constructions and various materials seem to have more connection with fashion than you would think at first sight.

These photocollection of Espen Dietrichson are half manually, half digitally made. Floating walls and steps create interesting visuals that are alike exploded axonometric diagrams drafted by architects. I found the stripped buildings incredibly brilliant, they have a certain mystery and jaw-dropping effect. Want to see them yourself? The levitated buildings are entitled 'Variations On a Dark City' and are exhibited at the Galerie Roger Tator in Lyon.

MONDAY | A gif a day...

Scheltens Abbenes
ph / Scheltens & Abbenes Studio

Sometimes, a monday-morning only needs a small gesture to brighten up. I stumbled across the work of Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes yesterday, and immediately saw a gif coming up when clicking trough this set of photographs. They did amazing work for Balenciaga, The Gentlewoman and Dazed & Confused and their website contains one of the finest graphic designs I've come across lately. Just a little tip to brighten up your Monday. Have a good one!

DESIGNER | Martina Tiefenthaler

ph / Martina Tiefenthaler, Indie Magazine no. 29

When flipping through an old edition of Indie Magazine, I noticed a whole bunch of post-graduated fashion students. New talent and vision can be really refreshing, especially when it's innovative, futuristic and eclectic. Meet Martina Tiefenthaler and her 022010M01 collection, a golden oldie from 2010. The powerful silhouettes, material experiments and splashes of neon create an interesting paradox.

Inspiration for this almost entire white collection is a true mix of influences: from Grace Jones to African tribes, from sportswear to geological strata. "My collection is all about fabrics, cuts and the absence of parts and unneeded details", as Tiefentaler stated in Dazed&Confused. With her abstract view on clothing, she won the INDIE Magazine Award 2010 and an 8-paged editorial, of which you can enjoy in the upper left corner. Visit her website for the other visuals from the shoot.

WORDS | Vision on inspiration

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"Inspiration is what positively adds something to you current state of thinking. Inspiration will make you open up to different ways of thinking, different angles of an object, different approaches to a problem. It is the base of all creation. It can be found in nearly anything personal; from a simple gesture, impressive typographic skills or just some words from your old, wise grandma. Inspiration makes your horizon broader, your mind more open and your creative work better. It is, in brief, what develops your idea, feeling or passion. It makes you go forward."

Eveline Koppejan | 4 September 2012

MUSEUM | EYE Film Institute

 ph / Personal: dalmatian printed pants H&M, brogues Primark, leather jacket ZARA, sheer blouse H&M

One of the best parts of studying at a Fashion Institute is visiting museums. I was planning on seeing the NIMK, but ended up in the brand new EYE Film Museum across the IJ. Personally, I liked the exterior more than the current exhibition about Stanley Kubrick. It was fascinating though to read about the branding ideas behind A Space Odyssey. Stanley gave forty manufacturers the chance to do some strategic product placement. Vogue did the styling, IBM was responsible for the computertechniques. An interesting take on how to make money with your cult film!

The outside of the EYE is spectacular in every angle. The pattern on the fancy white material, the grey bricks and of course the futuristic shape and special site make the building worth the visit. Especially if you can drink a cappuccino and enjoy the brilliant view on Amsterdam across the water!

EYE Film Institute
IJpromenade 1 Amsterdam

OUTFIT | Would you like a spacecream?

ph / Collage made by me

This is major Tom to ground control,
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
David Bowie | Space Oddity

Gradient T-shirt | COS Men
Ponyskin wallet | Allsaints
Out of Space Trousers | COS
Croco Bomber Jacket | Topshop
Holographic nail polish | Chanel
Heels | Nowhere for

INSPIRATION | Contrast, confusion

ph / Various Tumblrs

Well, hello! Last week was one heavy whirlwind of impressions, new faces, farewells, small parties and loads of inspiration. I said goodbye to some and hello to others, learnt new ways of being creative and joined the visual forces for some nice artwork. In brief: these were my first days at Amsterdam Fashion Institute. First assignment? Make an inspiration book. I've filtered my favourite maps and made a selection of current inspiration. Contrast, semi-sheerness, confusion.

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