One of the highlights of the second day of Amsterdam Fashion Week was the ‘All you need are Fresh White Knickers and a Towel’ collection by FREDFARROWBRITTAVELONTAN. The design duo took you away to an exotic spa in the middle of the jungle and proved that you indeed only need fresh white knickers and a towel to create intriguing designs… and a pair of mesmerizing glass slippers perhaps.
Unique about the working way of the design duo is that they are inspired by the ritual life of the Native American Indians. They make use of natural and human materials around them and nothing goes to waste. For their new collection Fred and Britt even created the fabrics themselves. Embroidered linen was cut open until you had Broderie Anglaise. Tops were created out of twisted ropes, which were then knotted together. Patterns were created by using the centuries-old marbling technique for making book covers, as a reference to the many stories that have inspired the collection.
After Marga Weimans’ intergalactic, high-tech, conceptual show of last season, the timeless silhouettes, classical music and decadent old-fashioned interior illustration on the screen came as a surprise. But certainly not an unpleasant one. As the show went on, the adaptations on the silhouettes became more and more inventive and the prints grew more elaborate. The graphic adornment of the collection, featuring interior designs and cityscapes in retro colours, were created in collaboration with visual artist Jeroen Koolhaas (son of Rem Koolhaas), architect Barend Koolhaas (nephew) and interior designer Aura Luz Melis.
It’s Marga Weimans’ signature hallmark to combine fashion with other artistic disciplines, especially architecture. Last year, the 2005 Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts graduate translated her work process as a designer – inspiration, creation and selling – in the design of a fashion house. All collections that followed are extensions on this project. Her new collection can be seen as the antenna of her fashion house, picking up on trends and developments in society from high up in the air.
Upon leaving the show you walked straight into a real-life exhibition of the collection. The classic beauties took their places on pedestals, brushing their hair looking like porcelain dolls brought to life, while guests were given the opportunity to examine the graphic prints in detail. A very memorable ending indeed!
Images © Peter Stigter
Words by Juliette Sijnja
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