Frans Molenaar Fashion Competition 2017

Frans Molenaar Fashion Competition 2017

The annual Frans Molenaar Fashion competition show was held at The Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam on friday November the 3rd, 2017. This was already the 22th edition, and Mimi Blogger Team attended this lovely, intimate show. Collections were shown by Ninamounah Langestraat, Boris Kollar, and Chelsea Peterson, who graduated this year at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Victor Klijsen and Leroy van Halen graduated at ArtEZ Arnhem and Lotte van Dijk, who became a Master in fashion ArtEZ Arnhem.

And the winners are: Ninamounah Langestraat and Boris Kollar! A shared first place for these youngsters from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie! (They both won €7500,-) Gongratulations!

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Read more about previous Frans Molenaar Prize Fashion Shows here, on this blog.

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Opening Show at Amsterdam Fashion Week: Das Leben am Haverkamp

Opening Show at Amsterdam Fashion Week: Das Leben am Haverkamp

Dutch fashion collective Das Leben Am Haverkamp opened the Amsterdam Fashion Week (sponsored by Mercedes-Benz: MBFWA) thursday evening. Das Leben am Haverkamp (The life at Haverkamp*)  debuted in 2015 at Amsterdam Fashionweek during “The Future Generation” program with the fashion performance “Gefelicifashion” (*Read more about that and the designers HERE on this blog)


DLAH showed a “Holiday Resort Happening” The basis for this presentation was a question they asked themselves about fashion: what happens to clothes if you take away it’s functionality. The audience wasn’t really included in this questionnaire; we were left to think for ourselves whilst (a lovely cast) of models passed us by in a monotone choreography. The models were holding lifesize illustrations, mostly executed in plastic, of “looks”.

See More of our Runway Reports on Fashion Week Amsterdam/July2017 HERE


Electric Co 01 Bianca Jumper

Electric Co 01 Bianca Jumper

Electric Co is the company owned and founded by Dutch (knitwear) designer and researcher Conny Groenewegen. Electric Co offers it’s customers waistcoats, jackets, bombers and jumpers; like the Bianca Jumper from the Electric Co Collection 01. All the garments are sewn by and hand finished in the Netherlands, they are produced in a limited edition.

(Image credits: Electric Co video & photography DOP / edit: Hessel Waalewijn . Creative director: Ralph Vaessen . Model: Laura (Max Models)

Electric Co Collection 01. Redefining perspectives on femininity and luxury
In the 01 collection a 3D knit structure made from Polyester monofilaments behaves like an exoskeleton ‘recoding’ the archetypical bomber and sweater silhouette to fit Electric Co’s vigorous dynamics, enabling bold shapes to interact with the feminine contour. This Polyester monofilament, an industrial leftover, adds a luxurious metallic shine to each garment delicately contrasted by an extra fine wool and mohair which gives the garment wear ability and comfort. Reclaimed Polyester monofilament is scarce. According to what is available, fine and thick monofilaments are used. This is one reason why the Electric Co designs are produced in limited editions: In continuous evolution from one collection to the other.

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MBFW Fashionweek Amsterdam Saturday July 9 2016

MBFW Fashionweek Amsterdam Saturday July 9 2016

Mimi Berlin Blogger Team’s second day at the Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam.

We went to see three shows: First a Double bill with debutates Esmay Hijmans & TRINHBECX. Next the fashion show by professional Dennis Diem and last in row: Liselore Frowijn’s show, she graduated in 2013 at the ArtEZ, institute of the Arts in Arnhem. In between we got to meet and greet “The next generation of fresh young fashion professionals! Six talented young designers from The Netherlands”

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MBFWA Futura F/W 2016

MBFWA Futura F/W 2016

Futura is a “Dutch men’s- and womens wear fashion brand focusing on clean, minimalistic, timeless designs. Ran by Anne Bosman, Sanne Schepers and Tom Renema.” (read more and based in Deventer, The Netherlands.

The Futura collection for W2016 sure was Fresh & Clean! Schepers and Bosman managed to show a smart balance between everyday outfits and fun pieces! Mimi Berlin Blogger Team says; Auch Haben!
If you missed this show, no worries you can catch up with Futura at the SEEK fashion trade show in Berlin this week.

Dear Futura, thanks for the frontrow pic, we enjoyed the show very much, Thanks for inviting us. xoxo Mimi

MBFWA Sistaaz of the Castle by Jan Hoek and Duran Lantink

MBFWA Sistaaz of the Castle by Jan Hoek and Duran Lantink

Sistaaz of the Castle, is a project by photographer Jan Hoek and fashion designer Duran Lantink, in which they explore the colourful looks of transgender sex workers that roam the streets of Cape Town, South Africa. Most of the girls are homeless, living under a bridge beside the Castle of Good Hope. The local sex workers’ organisation, S.W.E.A.T., gave Hoek and Lantink the opportunity to meet and collaborate with their transgender support group Sistaazhood. Hoek and Lantink zoom in on six girls from the community: Coco (25), Cleopatra (23) Sulaiga (30), Gabby (29) Flavinia (33) and Joan Collins (57). Duran Lantink gave shape to the girl’s ultimate fantasies; one of the girls imagined herself working in a luxurious Victorian brothel, an other girl wants to become Miss Africa; those kinds of dreams. Jan Hoek photographed the girls in this full-force-fantasyland in Cape Town.

What Hoek and Lantink found in South Africa they brought back to The Netherlands; that’s what we got to see at the fashion show; Lantink gathered all the fantasies, including his own, and created the dream-couture-capsule collection. Amongst this collection the dream-outfits made in Cape Town were also on show; presented on a tableaux vivant-like mini stage on wheels, which was pushed over the catwalk by even more models (in all shapes and sizes known to human kind) who were wearing Bonne Suits in combination with shirts with photo prints by Jan Hoek. On the backdrop screen we could see Jan Hoek’s photo’s accompanied by quotes of the South African girls of the Sistaazhood.

The work of Hoek and Lantink matches (or complete) each other very well, and so do the South African girls and their the environment, a perfect match! Mimi Blogger Team was impressed and had to take a quiet moment by themselves after the show. Well done!

This project can be seen during MBFWA into two parts;
-MBFWA; The Sistaaz of the Castle dream-couture capsule collection, which was on show at the Gashouder (January 16, 2015 in Amsterdam).
-MBFWA OFF SCHEDULE; The Sistaaz of the Castle photography exhibition at Foam Amsterdam (opens on January 13 at 17:30 and is on view until 20 January 2016.)

Sistaaz of the Castle is made possible by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Art of Impact, MiaP Foundation, Fonds Kwadraat, Fotolab Kiekie, SWEAT, Vice Media and various donors.” (read more