Saturday, July 21, 2012

AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK: Designers

By Eva Fydrych
Photos by Pieter Stigter


DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

Sarena Huizinga, AWF Autumn/Winter 2012 (All photos by Peter Stigter)


SARENA HUIZINGA

Sarena Huizinga, AWF Autumn/Winter 2012


SARENA HUIZINGA

Sarena Huizinga is a Dutch fashion and accessories designer, specialising in high quality knitwear. Her work is characterised by the combination of industrial seamless knitwear and traditional handcrafts, made with a great eye for detail. Her designs were published in fashion magazines like Avantgarde, Elegance and in various international titles. Sarena Huizinga graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, showing great potential. She was selected to participate in Lichting 2008 during the Amsterdam International Fashion Week. In 2009 Huizinga made one of the winning designs for Calvijn Classics. Her work has been presented during solo-exhibition FIT IN, at Residence de la Mode and internationally in Stockholm, Moscow and Milan.

Source: S.Huizinga


WINDE RIENSTRA

Winde Rienstra, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Winde Rienstra, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Winde Rienstra, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012


WINDE RIENSTRA

Winde Rienstra (1981) grew up in Friesland and graduated in 2009 for Design at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht. During her studies she studied for 7 months at the RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. Back in The Netherlands Winde Rienstra did her internship at Iris van Herpen. Since 2010 she is busy professionalizing her entrepreneurship and started her own label. Last year she also received a project grant of Talented Creators of the province of Utrecht. With this project she is focusing on the preservation and revitalization of various old handcraft techniques.

Winde Rienstra designs slow fashion, a movement within the fashion world that summarizes her core values: sustainability, timelessness, uniqueness, quality, handcraftsmanship and attention to crafted designs. Winde gets her inspiration from architecture, art and nature. During the last two editions of Amsterdam Fashion Week Winde Rienstra developed herself without any doubt to be one of the public’s favorite.

Source: AFW


ERNY VAN REIMERDSAL

Erny van Reijmersdal, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Erny van Reijmersdal, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Erny van Reijmersdal, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012


ERNY VAN REIMERDSAL

Erny van Reijmerdsal - uncompromising, passionate designs for the woman who knows how to present herself intelligently, whatever her age.

Erny van Reijmersdal was born in 1958 in Venezuela. He graduated from the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming in Amsterdam. A journey through time and across continents inspired him to create (in 2004) a collection under his own name. After years of contributing to the collections of a well-known Dutch fashion chain, van Reijmersdal, originally a visual artist, now presents his personal vision on ladies fashion. He also designs shoes and accessories.
Source: E.van Reijmersdal



MONIQUE COLLIGNON

Monique Collignon, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Monique Collignon, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Monique Collignon, Amsterdam International Fashion Week SS 2011


MONIQUE COLLIGNON

Monique Collignon is a Dutch fashion designer creating both Haute Couture and 'ready-to-wear' collections. She is known for her persistence and creativity. In 2010 she received Dutch Designer of the Year award. Monique Collignon designs are powerful but still very feminine and with a twist.

Collignon graduated in 1983 from the Rotterdam Fashion Academy. In 1990 she designed her first collection of Haute Couture and in 1997 she moved to Amsterdam. In 2011 Collingnon created her ready-to-wear label Couture Light . 

In addition to leading fashion shows in the Netherlands, she has also regular shows abroad: in Monaco, France, South Africa and Namibia.
Source: M.Collignon


ELISE KIM

Elise Kim, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Elise Kim, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012


ELISE KIM

Elise Kim is an Amsterdam based womenswear and accessories brand founded in 2010. Elise Kim was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam in 1986. When Elise was 16, she left Vietnam to study high school in Toronto, Canada. After high school, Elise Kim moved to Italy to study Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni in Milan. Following Istituto Marangoni, Elise studied Fashion Design and Styling at Amsterdam Fashion Institute in Amsterdam and Central Saint Martins in London. She graduated in 2010.


Elise Kim collection (Photo courtesy of Elise Kim)


Elise Kim is defined by the combination of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Deriving from an integer inner source, each collection comes from the pure origin of Elise Kim. In January 2012, Grazia sponsored Elise Kim A/W’12 show at AFW. Elise Kim was invited to show her work in Paris (galleries, Tranoi and Who’s Next tradeshows), Kiev (UFW- Euro Fashion), Ho Chi Minh city (Elle Fashion show).

Source: AFW


SPIJKERS EN SPIJKERS

SIS by Spijkers en Spijkers, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

SIS by Spijkers en Spijkers, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Spijkers en Spijkers, collection Autumn/Winter 12-13 (LFW)


SPIJKERS EN SPIJKERS

Spijkers en Spijkers is a fashion brand based in Holland. Sharp, bold and functional - Spijkers en Spijkers have since the label’s foundation in 2000 built an instantly recognizable and desirable style. While rebelling against stereotypical ideas of femininity, Spijkers en Spijkers speak to confident, active and modern women who rewrite the rules about their sex.

After all, Spijkers en Spijkers is female design knowledge squared. Twin sisters Truus and Riet set up the company after having graduated from the College of the Arts in Arnhem and completed an MA at the Fashion Institute Arnhem. While still in college the girls separately won prizes: the Body Fashion Design Award and the Contec Design Award. The winning streak continued when their debut collaboration was honored with the Robijn Fashion Award.


Spijkers en Spijkers (Photo courtesy of Foto Floor)


The twins complement each other’s talents perfectly: Truus is the painter, she thinks in style and colours, while Riet is the sculptor, turning their mutual ideas into three-dimensional pieces. Citing Schiaparelli and Vionnet as their respective heroines, the pair utilizes their individuality for their common vision. They like to work with strong and clear geometrical forms, and use them to create coupe and to emphasize the female body. This way they can show the female forms in a strong and independent way.


Their debut collection under the Spijkers en Spijkers label for SS 2001 was simultaneously avant-garde and wearable, carving a niche for what would become their signature style: one known for its graphic detailing, cut and outstanding use of colour. The mix of soft materials with hard lines comes from an ongoing historical fascination with the 1920’s: A time loved by the twins for it’s great renewal in arts, design and attitude. For Spijkers en Spijkers this is the era where their muses where born, independent thinkers with a mind of their own. With these inspiring role-models Spijkers en Spijkers play the role of “modern suffragettes” and reach out to women to give them confidence to be who they want. The brand received several fashion awards.

Source: Spijkers en Spijkers


FURANSU

Furansu, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Furansu, AFW Autumn/Winter 2012


FURANSU

Furansu philosophy is based on the concepts Style, Simplicity, Quality and Fun. The brand applies these values to every details of everything they do; the look and feel of their fashion, the direction of their shows, the artistic photographs of their ads and the way in which they meet their customers.

By combining timeless simplicity with contemporary edge and interesting details, Furansu makes distinctive fashion for modern professionals with personal integrity and an eye for good design. People who are confident enough to be sophisticated, yet curious enough to be fashionable.


Photo courtesy of Furansu


K Lai is one of the two founders of Furansu. Having been educated in California, K returned to his native Hong Kong in 2005 to work for the successful family owned fashion company, initially as a buyer and later as a product manager. After five years, K decided to start his own business designing clothes that he felt were simply missing in the marketplace – uncomplicated yet modern and interesting clothes that suit every occasion.

In 2010, K together with his colleague Annie Ching founded the fashion label Furansu. Annie is a fashion designer who completed her study in ArtEZ at Arnhem in the Netherlands.
Source: Furansu

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