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GERRIT RIETVELD graduation show 2013

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Held on Friday June 14th at Paradiso Amsterdam, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Fashion Show 2013 was once again an excellent exercise in progressive style, under the direction of the head of the fashion department Niels Klavers. The set was designed by Rietveld students Merel Bernhardt and Stefan Voets and the beautiful visual campaign was done by graduate students Edwin Bonnaffé and Gabrielle Pauty. PROUD to be a teacher at a place breeding such talents! Here are some pretty photographs of the event, including some amazing designs by 1st and 2nd year fashion students shot by Omri Bigetz.

GERRIT RIETVELD graduation class of 2013

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The new semester has already kicked off with a fresh new batch of ambitious fashion students, and I still have to salute the graduate class of 2013! Shame on me. It was a pleasure to have these talents in my class: Niki Milioni, Tumay Faydaci, Alla Kuzmik, Charlotte Beeck, Duran Lantink end Verena Michels. This here is only a selection of photo’s from their graduation show at Amsterdam pop temple Paradiso, by the amazing Team Peter Stigter.

My personal favorite: Verena Michels

'AFARBEITUNG' by Verena Michels

Power to women in crisis

New decadence by Duran Lantink

The 'Lick my clit - I'll suck your dick' dressNew decadence by Duran Lantink

3D printed devinity shoes by Duran Lantink

Trucker-tastic by Charlotte Beeck

On the Road with Charlotte Beeck

Alla Kuzmyk's brave new Ukrainians

Ukrainian folklore by Alla Kuzmyk

Its my party... by Tumay Faydaci

Monistic Group Dynamics in fashion by Tumay Faydaci

Detail and jewelry by Niki Milioni

Grow with me outfit by Niki Milioni

Apartamento & the Scheltens-Abbenes story

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

What better occasion to catch up with old friends than to pen down their ‘Bricks and mortar, blood and tears’ tale of how they ended up in their present lovely home and working together as successfully as they do. Photography couple Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes are living proof of the golden formula of not only staying true to your own obsession, but also to mine it laboriously to dazzling depths, where no one can follow. Hope you enjoy the read, right here in the PDF Apartamento11 – Maurice and Liesbeth, or in the lovely paper issue #11, out now!

Apartamento #11cover

Apartamento #11

TimeCapsules launched

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

TimeCapsules is a great Warhol-esque gift item conceived by youth marketing expert Anouk van der El, designer Mae Engelgeer, creative collective Venour and the award winning product designers at Officeoriginair. It was a great pleasure to join in for some copy for the launch of this thought provoking product. As I am the proud owner of one of the very first TimeCapsules, I can contest it does put your life in a fresh perspective as it throws quite a challenge in your lap. What would you seal up in this pretty white pod for future reference, for what occasion, and for whom? Mine is still sitting here.. waiting for a plan. Chance is my son will open it some quarter century from now….



Vlisco X designer collabs for Orange Babies

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

It is with pride that I make myself useful as a copywriter for the great cause of the Amsterdam based Orange Babies foundation, whose hands on initiatives help to fight HIV in Africa. The most recent occasion was the Orange Babies Gala 2012, a high profile fundraising auction event which took place on June 23rd. As part of this year’s Chic ‘n Soul themed gala the famous Dutch wax print company Vlisco, with it’s vast African connection, collaborated with some 30 young and established designers to create exclusive accessories for auction. My Eindhoven-connection, fashion and design concept store You Are Here, helped recruit an army of wonderful young design talents to collaborate in this colorful exercise. Besides the many many colorful and perfectly covetable bags, ties and bow ties here are a few gorgeous examples by Thera Hillenaar, Turina Jewellery, design studio RenS and MATTIJS. The night’s auction made a neat total of 527.805 Euro’s for the Orange Babies cause by the way.


Thera Hillenaar X Vlisco


Sandra Turina X Vlisco


Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren of Studio RenS X Vlisco



Monday, June 18th, 2012

As the rookie fashion theory teacher at the fashion department of the infamous Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam I am especially proud of ‘our’ first fashion show, held on Friday June 15. The brand new head of this fashion department Niels Klavers picked an excellent location for starters, on the third floor of the academy’s new wing across from the famously stylish Gerrit Rietveld building which served as a backdrop for the 45 meters long minimalist catwalk, a fruitful collaboration with Audio Visual students Kristinn Gudmundsen and Peter Sattler, Foundation Year student Karim Adduchi and other students. The show included a fascinating selection of first and second year fashion students, three fashion graduates – Jolka Wiens, Poul Brouwer and Morta Griskeviciute – and two more graduates, Elisabeth Leerssen from textiles and Torfi Fannar Gunnarsson from audio visual. Here is a selection of first reviews of the show by Kristoper Arden-Houser on Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View On Fashion site, prominent Dutch fashion reporter Georgette Koning and fashion blogger Branco Popovic. See the finale here on YouTube.

Great laser cut silhouettes by Jolka Wiens


Gold sheen neoprene minidress by Jolka Wiens



Shredded big coat by Morta Griskeviciute

Fascinating beautiful ravage by Morta Griskeviciute
Padded silhouette by Poul Brouwer


Crisp watered down tile prints by Poul Brouwer


Awesome sweaters knitted by Elisabeth Leerssen

Torfi Gunnarson's eccentric knitwear

The runway pictures are shot by by the infamous Peter Stigter and Jetty Ferwerda team, always loyal to budding talent, here with a bow to the lovely Schoon den Boer PR team.

For the graduation paper we did in collaboration with graphic design student Aude Debout, photography student Kyle Tryhorn I interviewed the three fashion graduates of 2012. (more…)

GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMY Fashion alumni exhibit at &Foam

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The Amsterdam photography museum FOAM is opening a dependence-cum-concept store named &Foam on January 26, 2012. As I am proud to mention that I will start teaching Fashion Theory at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy this February, I particularly look forward to see EVERYONE at the opening of the alumni exhibit there! It is organized by the brand new head of the Gerrit Rietveld fashion department Niels Klavers – formerly of Klavers van Engelen – and it will feature work by JOFF, Freudenthal/Verhagen, And Beyond, Emmeline de Mooij, Paul Helbers, Corné Gabriëls, Thera Hillenaar, Hyun Yeu, Wojciech Dziedzic and more. Let’s raise those glasses to another great season for genuine fashion talent!

Invite_&Foam&Foam invite

Minimalist high in BLEND

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

I am always happy to be part of the increasingly important magazine BLEND. In the (current) Spring Summer 2011 issue I wrote the introduction to a 50 page fashion shoot by photographer Tomas Nässtrom, fashion director JOFF and art director Laurenz Brunner: an ode to Raf Simon’s utterly modern minimalism at Jil Sander. An exceptional and quite literally amazing fashion editorial indeed – to which I made the sort of decisive ‘secret service creative intelligence’ contribution that never gets credited. Faith aside, I feel no less pride.

Enjoy the short essay after the pagebreak.



Fashion at International Film Festival Rotterdam

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Commisioned by Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion, I got to interview Filip Arickx of A.F. Vandevorst and New York based photographer/visual artist Zach Gold on his film String Theory – featuring A.F.’s SS2010 collection – which will be shown at the IFFR11 as part of The Perfect Cut; reflections on Fashion and Film. The article will be published in the film festival’s paper Daily Tiger and Zach will speak about his work on Saturday, January 29 in Cinerama. Good stuff, fashion cinema; relatively new and in full artistic bloom it obviously has an amazing potential now all sorst of pods and pads accompany us everywhere we go.

Sophie#1234567+ at Winter Salon

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

A great new womens label I’ve had the pleasure to consult and write for, Sophie 1234567+, is now showing at Droog Design as part of the Winter Salon route in Amsterdam. Discover Sophie, a tirelessly designed high quality wardrobe solution for women on their site, or explore Amsterdam’s amazing alternative fashion week route Winter Salon (15-30 January ’11) and you’ll find a pretty Sophie installation at Droog.

Sophie's teaser website