Although I’ve been to Amsterdam at the beginning of September, I feel the need to post some of the scenes and snaps from this very energetic, always on-the-go city. The Dutch capital is all about tiles, greenery, bikes (of course) and chic dogs with their Céline totes. That time, I also realised that Amsterdam is such a treasure chest of antique books (at one of the well-hidden markets, I bought a vintage Sotheby’s catalogue for just 2,50 euros – quite proud of myself!). Take a look below.
It isn’t a something new that fashion is constantly being inspired with art. But oppositely to SS14, which was full of pop-art, the AW14 season was much more darker and… Dutch? Surely, for Rick Owens and Maison Martin Margiela, 15th and 16th century art from the Netherlands was the focus point. Just like in the Dutch portraits, Rick had his models wear in particular the head pieces that reminded me of the Flemish art. The positioning of the models and the heavy, unadorned nature of clothing looked elegant and very nun-like!Hans Holbein the Younger (1498-1543), Detail Darmstadt Madonna, 1528Rick OwensMaster of the 1540s (Netherlandish artist, fl 1541-1551), Portrait of a Woman, 1541Maison Martin MargielaVlaenderbergh, Hans MemlingMaison Martin Margiela
This marvellous special campaign of Dutch store Shoebaloo has one simple phrase as the topic- GO FISH! First you need to know, that the fish used in this campaign are real (now are for sure already ate by somebody) and the jewellery, that must smell horribly till now, is here for real. I really love these kind of campaigns using jewellery (LOVE by Lanvin looks shocking but lovely on that octopus) and food. It all reminds me of surrealistic, Dutch paintings of famous artists like Vermeer… Of course, it’s the Netherlands here!
The Valentino collection for AW13 was all about the Netherlands influences- the faous “Girl with a Pearl”, tulips and the Delft blue porcelain that is compared to the Asian Ming dynasty blue vases! The collection indeed was one of the best from Pierpaolo and Maria, just as this marvelous, mystery campaign. Models (Magdalena Jasek, Sasha Luss and more) present beautiful gowns and leather goods in a black backround and typical Dutch decorated tables full of food and tulips… and shoes! This version of Valentino is really great!