How to survive Fashion week

Hello there lovely readers,

This post is for all the fashion lovers out there, because today I am writing to you about ‘how to survive Fashion week’. In this post you will read tips and tricks and my personal experiences during Fashion weeks. I hope this post will be helpful for some of you who are planning to attend a Fashion week and for the rest of you just for fun to read.

Firstly, what you don’t want to forget during Fashion week is a camera. You may not be one of the photographers in the press box at the end of a runway. But, you will be able to make some beautiful shots during shows from where you are sitting.

If you don’t have very nice seats, if you’re seated higher up for example, try to sit on the outside next to some stairs so you can climb down with your camera to shot some photos.

Also, there are interesting people walking around everywhere. This is the perfect opportunity to gain some style inspiration.

Are you planning on wearing heels? Think twice… Of course you should wear heels! But, if you’re not one of the influencers and you’re not picked up by a taxi and brought home by a taxi, I recommend bringing some flats or sneakers. Unless you’re a pro obviously.

Furthermore, don’t bring along all your possessions! Most of the time there are cloakrooms, in the Netherlands at least. But it’s crowdie; everyone is trying to find their receipts. There are always those persons who received there coats and bags but just LOVE to stand in your way.

There are three types (probably more) of people at Fashion week. Firstly the ones who are sitting front row at every show and you probably have seen all over the Internet or in magazines. The influencers and famous people, who are important for designers and publicity. Second, the extravagant group of human beings who try to be important but really, they are just trying too hard and yes everybody notices them, it’s kind of hard not to see them and these persons just want to be interesting and looked at.

And thirdly, ‘normal’ stylish people, probably you and me. They are dressed properly in clothes they find comfortable and Fashion week worthy and are actually at Fashion week with a purpose. Either for doing research and analysing the show, or photographing shows, street style etc.

So everything summed up:

  • Bring your camera (if you have one)!
  • Bring some extra flat shoes if you have to travel I bit further, or by bus and train.
  • Don’t bring too much of your possessions, so wear a lighter coat and bring a smaller bag or clutch where you can also fit your belongings in.
  • Keep your eyes open for all the interesting styles you see, for your own inspiration.
  • Don’t be scared to introduce yourself to people you see at Fashion week. You don’t have anything to lose. Try to talk to people you can have benefits from later on.
  • Don’t be caught of guard by all the impressions you’ll have, because your first time, there are a lot!
  • Wear clothes YOU feel comfortable in! This is so important; you don’t want to feel uncomfortable and insecure.

Thank you for reading and till next time!

Love,

Judith

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Spring/Summer ’16 Fashion Show: READY TO WEAR

The following post is written on July 11th, 2015. I wrote this post on my own for our website Trendpit.nl . This post is about FUTURA’s fashion show, during the Mercedes Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2015. Minimalistic mens fashion.

We stepped into another world, which felt like a disco. Loud music was pumping out of the speakers and purple and blue lights illuminated the room. In the centre of the room stood a turntable where two DJs were playing live music. The front of the turntable was covered in big white letters, which said ‘FUTURA’.

Male models walked along the catwalk one by one. The first two models were wearing colourful outfits, shorts and a jacket in pink and turquoise with high sport socks and shoes. Because of the colours, these first two outfits stood out to us. Further clothes from this collection were mainly white, black and blue. Variations of t-shirts with shorts, to firm coats with long trousers made of sturdy denim fabric. The tops’ and jackets’ silhouettes were straight and square. The t-shirts had a graphic design and some jackets had visible stitching, which both created a graphic effect.

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The models were quite normal, just like the clothes they were wearing. The entire collection was ‘ready-to-wear’, minimalistic and sporty. The music was loud and the models walked quickly.

The designers of FUTURA are young and creative. They found an innovative way to partly finance this fashion show, namely ‘Crowdfunding’. A couple of weeks before their fashion show FUTURA was selling t-shirts and sweaters on their website. This money was used to finance the fashion show. In addition, the public and people of interests immediately were involved. This shows that young creative designers are not afraid to use creative ways to show their talents to the world.

Photos taken by me.

Spring/Summer ’16 Fashion Show: WHITE AFRICA

The following post is written on July 11th, 2015. I wrote this post for the website Trendpit.nl . This post is about Zyanya Keizer’s fashion show, during the Mercedes Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2015. It was an amazing show.

All white everything in African style. The catwalk was covered with white flour and above the catwalk dangled three airy canvases. Amidst this white ambiance stood just one dark African model. She was covered in a strong structured white dress with her head behind a mask.

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In this extraordinary setting the other models were different from the African one. The models were white-skinned and their foreheads were painted in orange. Their hair was braided and coloured white. The collection of Zyanya Keizer consists of light and earthy colours, like white, brown and grey. Notable was the wide variety in shapes and materials. Beads, little balls and strings graced the garments. There was a clear contrast between soft loose-fittings and hard structured pieces. In many of the garments organic forms were visible. Zyanya does often take inspiration from the connection between man and nature and this characteristic was clear to see. This collection was definitely based on influences and the improbability of Mother Nature.

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After seeing the white models in an African setting it became clear that Zyanya wanted to pay attention to a social problem. A major social problem in Africa is the aversion that prevails against albinos. According to many Africans an albino goes against nature. Today the white skin models occurred as the African albino. Our nature can be improbable and this improbability was visible today, the albinos were in the majority.

With this collection Zyanya will support the African albinos. Next week there will be an auction where different garments will be acutioned. The money will be given to the Foundation for African Albinos.

Photos: Team Peter Stigter

Spring/Summer ’16 Fashion Shows: DIVING DEEP

The following post is written on July 9th, 2015. I wrote this post with a fellow student for our website Trendpit.nl . This post is about fashion show of Judith van Vliet x Chris van den Elzen, during the Mercedes Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week July 2015.

On the opening night of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Judith van Vliet and Chris van den Elzen presented their second collaboration called ‘Dark Depths’.

The oceans are the lungs of our planet, which are contaminated by humanity with trash and chemicals. People are not aware that de dark depths of the see have many secrets, and that the dark water holds unknown knowledge. In a darkness where time does not exist, a world full of secrets is hidden. This was the inspiration for the show tonight.

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The show started with some pink lights, like little fishes in the ocean. When the first model appeared, the room was still in darkness. It felt like we were deep down in the ocean. She was wearing a dress, with an armour that was glowing in the dark. In the middle of the catwalk she stopped, the lights turned on and the music started. The music consisted of noises that we associated with the depth of the ocean and submarine sounds. During the show we saw the glowing in the dark in every outfit, combined with the colours black, blue and coral. While some outfits were really light and floating, others where heavy and knitted.

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The outfits designed by Judith van Vliet were styled with the shoes of Chris van den Elzen, which seemed to us as a modern day interpretation of the jelly sandals.

The show was a perfect combination of 3D-printing and craftsmanship and a perfect combination of two young talented designers.

We think, in a time where we seem to forget about the oceans and what we are doing to them, we need reminders as these. By making the creatures of the oceans look human, we feel more responsible for this important part of nature. We can not wait to step in to a submarine and find out what is really hidden in the depths of the oceans!

Photos: Trendpit

Events: UNIQUE GOODS AND CULTURAL DREAMS

The following post is written on January 26th, 2015. I wrote this post with a fellow student for our website Trendpit.nl . This post is about a downtown event during the Mercedes Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week January 2015.

Local goods and fashion, a nice combination on a Sunday afternoon. Walk around ‘De Hallen’ and you will see an amount of stands with fashion, jewellery and beauty products. But these products are not just regular products, you won’t find anything ordinary on this market. Every product, every label has a story waiting and wanting to be told. Vintage, homemade, organic, you name it. Every story is different but equally inspiring.

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What we thought was most inspiring, was the ‘young designers’ area. A number of young individuals showed their designs and visions. Visions on design as well as their vision on life and how to live it; your way. Don’t worry about opinions or standards, dare to be different and ‘It’s ok to be fake’ . Also, the importance and inspiration of different cultures was shown, open up and see the world through different eyes. Be an individual and let the rest be individuals as well!

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Judith van Vliet, a young fashion designer with a great passion for fashion. Judith showed pieces of her latest collection during the local goods market fashion edition. Her collection was made in collaboration with Chris van den Elzen. Chris designed the shoes, which are 3D printed. The clothes are inspired on decayed buildings, turning into pieces of stone covered in flowers, moss and plants. She finds the contradiction between organic things and architecture interesting, organic versus technology. Everything Judith designs is handmade and she does everything herself.

We’ve seen a lot of young designers who follow their dreams, create unique designs while being aware of sustainability.

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Photos taken by me.