Posts Tagged ‘Mo Veld’

This week: launching ROOD & voordekunst.nl

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

This week two major projects I worked on over the summer will see the light. First on wednesday the 3rd of November there’s the official launch of ROOD magazine , a one time publication to go with the ROOD exhibition in the Royal Tropical Institute’s Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. It was a huge job and a great pleasure to put this magazine together as the editor-in-chief (all the way to final editing of course), working closely with the Tropenmuseum’s curators, the amazing art directors and designers at Studio Roosje Klap and all those great contributors. The ROOD exhibition, a huge exposé about the colour RED throughout cultures and times, designed by Maarten Spruyt and Tsur Reshef will open this Thursday the 4th. Needless to say, you MUST go and see it.

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Secondly, on Thursday the 4rth of November, before ROOD opens with a gala, I will join the official launch gathering for voordekunst.nl, an online crowdfunding platform for the Dutch arts, initiated by Amsterdams Fonds Voor De Kunst. I did the necessary copywriting for the site and its first campaign, working together smoothly as ever with my good designer-friends at Mannschaft.

Shows do go on like they say so there will be no putting up of painful party feet come Friday. Au contraire. I will be on the first train to The Hague where I will be in chambers with the jury for the Dutch Fashion Awards 2010. Friday night November 5th the Dutch Fashion Foundation and their international power-jury will herald a new Dutch Fashion talent with the big prize by Mercedes-Benz and there are three more awards to be handed out, so untill we can raise the cocktail glasses, we’ll be guessing: after Klavers Van Engelen in 2007, Monique van Heist in 2008, Sjaak Hullekes in 2009… who is the fairest of them all in 2010? Ok, me and a handful of other backstage ants will know a couple of hours earlier but our phones will be off!

And the big winner was Iris van Herpen, taking home 3 Ted Noten designed awards

Wilbert Das interview for Blend

Friday, August 6th, 2010

On June 4th, 2010, a sunny friday afternoon in Amsterdam’s romantic zoo Artis, I had this lovely interview with Diesel’s former creative kingpin Wilbert Das, for Blend magazine. A recommended read if you’re into those 3 P’s, People, Planet, Profit, yet without the inflated Preacher ego. He’s just a great guy with great people skills who’s loving his new Brazilian eco-resort Uxua Casa.

one of the stylishly handcrafted UXUA Casas

one of the stylishly handcrafted UXUA Casas

 

Wilbert Das (born 1963) has been ‘the Dutchman at Diesel’ for just about as long as we all know about this Italian über-brand. Twenty-one years to be exact. When news hit that he was stepping out from behind Renzo Rosso to leave the iconic company he helped create as its 360 degrees creative director, all heads turned to his ‘holiday-hobby project’, the Uxua Casa Hotel in Brazil. Like: now we’re talking successful living.

The Uxua Casa Hotel in Trancoso, a tiny coastal village in Bahia, northeastern Brazil, is a cluster of eight separate ‘casas’ and a treehouse, all renovated, rebuilt and restyled using local craftsmen and amplified traditional techniques. Hidden in lush tropical gardens with a full 5-star infrastructure including restaurant, spa, private beach lounge and a healing quartz pool, this luxurious eco-loco getaway is little short of a paradise. A very personal paradise no less, realized by someone who, when it comes to fashionably styled hotels for one, has pretty much seen it all. If Uxua is Wilbert Das’s next step after everything he created at Diesel, which is not just the many clothing and accessories lines, but also the campaigns, showrooms, flagship stores, the Miami hotel, fragrances and in the end furniture, it looks and feels like quite the antidote to all the brash young and trendy violence he’s been responsible for all his professional life. With all the time in the world on his hands these days it wasn’t hard to lure him to the retro-romantic Amsterdam zoo Artis for a good long Style of Life chat.

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SALON/1: Mode is.

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

During the recent Amsterdam International Fashion Week I had the pleasure to collaborate with designer Stef Bakker and graphic designer Carsten Klein on this ‘open source’ installation called Mode is., as part of SALON/1. Amsterdam’s most celebrated designer store Van Ravenstein offered us their next door gallery space and from thursday 15 till sunday 18 July SALON/1 visitors could leave their thoughts on fashion on large strips of paper, which could then be hanged in a ceiling high wishing tree made of metal hangers. At the end of each day the ‘harvest’ was shared with everyone who had left behind their e-mail address. We were delighted with the result, a long list of highly diverse statements about fashion, most of them rather serious and passionate, some downright desperate or revolting. We look forward to repeat the experiment and keep on growing this tree of fashion thoughts.

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Please note: there’s a little interview with Manon Schaap, one of the SALON initiators, on JCReport

 

Click below to read the harvest of this Mode is. tree (as yet untranslated, so there’s a lot of Dutch, and some German in there, as well as a few hidden inspiration quotes originating from famous designers or philosophers)

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Fashion Blogs

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

On June 24 the book Fashion Blogs – on musings about personal taste to style reports around the globe – will be launched at SPRMRKT, one of Amsterdam’s greatest fashion stores.

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photography by Krista van der Niet

photography by Krista van der Niet

Writer Kirstin Hanssen, designer Felicia Nitzsche and co-writer Elina Tozzi invited me to write the introduction to one of Fashion Blogs chapters called ‘seen on the streets’ to which I happily obliged. Now I’m finally holding a copy in my hand I must say, although books like this tend to be outdated by the time they hit the shelves, this is a great ‘time capsule’ document, not to mention the first on the subject, exploring the international fashion blogging pioneers. Apart from the profiles and interviews with a cross section of today’s influential bloggers in various niches, some 600 fashion blog url’s are listed. Naturally it is published in english, so if you spot a copy, do have a peek!

Ho Ho Bowie and The Snowman scarf

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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I send in this rare little ‘film bite’ to Fantastic Man Daily some time ago but my fantastic friends didn’t mention the fact that the yummy Snowman scarf modeled so elegantly by Mr. David Bowie in this short movie intro is actually for sale here (limited edition 2oo cm adult version, all sustainable alpaca and with a label signed by Raymond Briggs.) If this doesn’t mean anything to you – after all, it’s not your every day fashion info – see the Oscar winning animation of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman first.

Little James and his very special scarf

Little James and his very special scarf

La jouissance de soi-même

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Deluxe feelgood interior designer Stef Bakker invited me to add some word magic to new place in town BO CINQ. I haven’t had such fun writing in quite a while. Here’s a preview of the place, courtesy of photographer Mandy Pieper (more ‘text art’ pictures coming up!) The “LA JOUISSANCE DE SOI-MEME” title you’ll find above the brasserie entrance on Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 53-59 deserves a little footnote: it being the title of the very first Libertine manifest dated 1759, written by a Marquis Caraccioli who lived in Paris at the time. His erudite pledge for accepting life’s pleasures free of sin were not quite as much appreciated in his day.

The smoker's lounge offers plenty of space for changing dialoques like this curious snibbit from Waiting for Godot

The smoker’s lounge offers plenty of space for changing dialoques like this curious snibbit from Waiting for Godot

 

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Interview with Scott Sternberg from Band of Outsiders

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The Band of Outsiders article I wrote for the September issue of Blend magazine was in Dutch, so what I can share with the global attick is the original Q&A we did in early August this year. Enjoy.

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A selection from the accompanying shoot in Blend magazine by Thomas Whiteside

We spoke last year around the same time. You just won the CFDA award and were about to present your new collection. You were planning to expand Boy & men’s accessories. And mentioned some ‘retail projects that won’t seem much like retail’ starting in Tokyo? So how did all that go?

It’s been a pretty great year. Boy. is now produced in Italy with a really fantastic production facility, so most of my time has been spent going back and forth and working with this amazing team, getting to know each other, developing two collections. And the men’s is continuing its story organically, finding great customers along the way. Sadly the retail project in Japan is still stalled. It’s a long story, but I’m trying to take a very old piece of machinery from the U.S. and re-wire and re-work it to do something entirely different, in a different country where the electrical, err, stuff is different.

Your homepage features a series of Polaroids of LA homes. What’s the relation to Band of Outsiders? They look like crime scenes to me. Or at least invoking fantasies about who lives there, how they live and so on.

Ooh, I like the idea of them being crime scenes, although that wasn’t the point.  I decided we needed a home page, and the most logical subject for the Polaroids on a home page seemed to be homes.  There are some pretty great ones around Los Angeles, so that worked out nicely.  Speaking of, I need to get out and shoot some more – freshen things up.  In terms of what it says about the brand, I would throw that back to you.  For me, all of the imagery and ideas we’re putting out under the Band of Outsiders brand don’t necessarily have to be of clothing or directly related to fashion.  It’s all about a feeling, an approach, and a way of looking at things.

What is essentially Band of Outsiders? (you called it ‘fetishized American Sportswear’ on Style.com) Overstating the understatement? If something matters, everything matters?

That’s a big question.  And there’s two directions from which to answer – the clothes, and the brand around them. Let’s stick with the clothes for now.  The men’s clothes are about looking at the classics and making them feel new, fresh, and completely covetable; the women’s are about that too, but a little more conceptual in their approach, with a heavy anchor in menswear.  Boy is also a bit about playing off of trends, re-working them into our language.  Both have a strong focus on tailored clothing and offering something new and fresh in that category.

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Interview with Paul Gorman, writer of The Look, Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Here’s the uncut version of my interview with Paul Gorman for the September issue of Code magazine. The best part of my job is getting to talk to the most inspired fashion drivers in the world. The worst part is that there’s never enough text space in magazines.

Cover of The Look, an absolute must-read if you love your favorite rocker's styles and want to know all about it.

Cover of The Look, an absolute must-read if you love your all time favorite rocker’s styles and want to know all about it. There was never a more complete account…

 

 

British journalist and author Paul Gorman wrote the most exhaustive celebration of rock and pop fashion spanning five monumental post war decades. First published in 2001, followed by an update in 2006 and another one in progress, The Look, Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion is not just another must read style bible to top your night table stack. With his The Look-blog, a London club night and fashion label The Look Presents, all born in the wake of his applauded book, Paul Gorman is on a mission to safeguard the holy grail of flamboyance. “When great music meets great style, that’s when things really start to pop.”

The Look had been on my professional literature wish list ever since raving reviews of the 2006 re-release started popping up in all my fashion feeds. Code’s gutsy timed Rock Star theme literally made me jump to the occasion of digging into this beefy, juicy and bloody fabulous chunk of fashion history, starting in the spring of 1952 with a seventeen year old Elvis pressing his pretty face against the Lansky Bros menswear store window on 126, Beale Street in Memphis, and closing with Hedi -“I was born with a David Bowie album in my hand”- Slimane’s triumph at Dior Homme, crediting rock and roll buddies ranging from Pete Doherty to Mick Jagger. The Look’s threefold foreword, by Paul Gorman, Paul Smith and Malcolm McLaren, had cast a bit of a blues-y ‘those were the good old days’-shadow ahead, but this is the first thing the rock-and-fashion-jive-talking author wishes to set straight in our interview. “The collective conclusion is that the potency that occurs when fashion and music combust has been all but lost as celebrity culture goes into overdrive and big business dictates like never before in this Starbucked age.” states Gorman’s introduction while Paul Smith concludes his with the observation that today “everything is over-considered”, in contrast to the ‘blank sheet’ his generation started out with after the war. Malcolm Mc Laren, who unchained quite the fashion movement together with Vivienne Westwood at the dawn of the 70’s, is most grim about the loss, noting that fashion no longer drives subcultures but has become an industry merely producing product to supply our global mall-culture.

Paul Gorman: “I think it’s just become very fragmented. It’s still out there, but in different ways, like the rest of culture.” ‘It’ referring to that certain X-rated good stuff that The Look is all about; unpredictable, sexy, dangerous style, fearlessly served up by likewise musical talents and their tailors. “There was always boring and predictable stuff around. You gotta keep your eyes open and I guess that’s what we always did, didn’t we?”

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Foxy logo

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Mr. Jop van Bennekom, the celebrated art director behind infamous titles RE-, Butt & Fantastic Man basically owed me a little favour and designed this lovely foxy logo for Mrs. Mo Veld (together with all the stationary going with it, naturally). Now all I have to figure out is how to incorporate it into my header. Tips welcome ;-)logo1