Balenciaga’s Spring-Summer Collection for 2018

Balenciaga’s Spring-Summer Collection for 2018

About a month ago it was fashion-week in some parts of the world. Fresh women’s wear collections for Spring/Summer 2018 were presented once again. Balenciaga showed in Paris. Below the most demure looks of the pret-a-porter show. One of our favorites because these outfits really seem to be an instant a holiday-trip to us!
Greetings from Amsterdam,
xoxo Mimi

See the complete coverage of this show on (images via/read more) vogue.com

Worth mentionable is the fact that Balenciaga asked the Crocs brand if they could produce a platform shoe. They could. Result: the ‘Foam’ shoes, lightweight-odor-free-water-resistant-fully-molded-platform-Crocs in Croslite™ material.

(images of foam shoes via footwearnews.com)

According to Highsnobiety blog the Balenciaga Triple S sneaker was the most spotted sneaker on the feet of the audience. (See that street-style sneaker report here at highsnobiety.com it’s fun!) We wonder if the Foam platforms will be equally popular, what do you think?

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RVDK showing at Couture Week Paris

RVDK showing at Couture Week Paris

The letters RVDK stand for Ronald van der Kemp, a Dutch fashion designer who started his own first demi-couture label, for Fall 2015: RVDK. He and his team have been slowly working towards the opportunity to show, officially, in Paris during Couture Week, June 2017. (showing the collection for Fall/Winter 2018). That’s kind of a big deal; you have to be a member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. Other Dutch fashion designers showing this season are Iris van Herpen, Viktor & Rolf and Belgian designers A.F. Vandervorst. (Obviously we are rooting for the BeNeLux)

Gratuliere to you all at RVDK!

See more Images of the A/W 2017-2018 RVDK/Ronald vd Kemp collection HERE at www.elle.it
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Buidings as Fashion Show Venues

Buidings as Fashion Show Venues

Menswear shows in Paris: Rick Owens and Kenzo chose a similar kind of venue: Trend Alert! Buildings as a fashion show backdrop (a summer trend; it needs to be outside).This post is obviously not going to be a Mimi Runway report: we can’t see the actual clothes. But, what a spectacle it’s like the circus…..

Rick Owens’s fashion show for Spring-Summer 2018 was held at the courtyard of Palais de Tokyo / The finale of the KENZO Spring-Summer 2018 Men and Women’s show at the Lycée Camille Sée in Paris. (images via kenzo.com / i-d.vice.com)

see more fabulous fashion show venues here on mimiberlinblog

A Walk in The Park with Balenciaga

A Walk in The Park with Balenciaga. Menswear Show Spring/Summer 2018

Balenciaga’s latest menswear fashion show, spring/summer 2018, was held at Bois de Boulogne in Paris. It showed what life (das leben) could look like if people stopped wearing the same drab clothes all the time. Something we can only dream about when strolling our local park: Balenciaga’s outdoor venue, and the designs, visualised that for us.

Being as long in the fashion business as we, at Mimi Berlin, are makes sure that there is little surprise left: even at the NY-Paris-London-Milano fashion shows (which are top-notch main-stream-high-fashion-events) ‘things‘ keep repeating themselves. But the work of the artistic director at Balenciaga (and Vetements) Demna Gvasila, is still a breath of fresh air to us. (pun intended)

The show looked like a family affair of fine dressed persons taking a hike: and that’s the only comparison that can be made about the models; they were al SO different. (Just like Demna Gvasila’s brand Vetements “No Show’ models: those are Hamburg citizens not prof. models.)
Furthermore, we suggest you take a look for yourself at balenciaga.com (or #balenciaga on instagram; pictures taken by the audience are always nice, atmosphere wise.) see if you like this performance as much as we do and, to get an actual look at the silhouettes and clothes, on which we obviously didn’t report.
You can shop (pre-order) this summer collection as we speak; NOW.
There are also 5 bicycles to choose from……….

PS
The models were actual families and the venue is a ‘cruising place’ in Paris.

See Mimi Berlin’s Circus Legends Making Conversation at the Park

ArtEZ Fashion Masters 2017 at the Atelier Neérlandais in Paris

ArtEZ Fashion Masters 2017 at the Atelier Neérlandais in Paris

On thursday March 2, the 18th generation of the fashion design master of ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem presented itself at Paris Fashion Week at the Atelier Néerlandais.  Graduates Klaudia Stavreva and Lotte van Dijk presented part of their final collections, These presentations can be seen at the Atelier Neérlandais, which will be open to the public, until Sunday, March 5.

The images above were made during the ‘Meet & Greet’ collection presentation. Yours truly, Mimi Berlin, was part of the expert-team, together with Mattia Akkermans, Hector Castro and Esther Oomen, who got invited to discuss, comment and review the collections made by second-year MA Fashion Design students Klaudia Stavreva and Lotte van Dijk. They will finalize and present this work in June 2017.

Lotte van Dijk created a slightly dingy nook in the luxurious Atelier Neérlandais. in which she showed her models one by one, her outfits gave a ‘Calamity Jane gone Glamazon’ vibe to us. Not only because Lotte used guns as props and styled her ourfits with western boots but also because of the ‘casualness’ the designs; oversized, slip-on, layered and raw edged. Lotte van Dijk generaly “based her collection on the way painters depict textiles” and in particular the “brushstrokes of Marlene Dumas”. Lotte painted directly on the clothes herself or translated her paintings in, for instance, embroidery and jaquards.

Klaudia Stavreva shared a personal, intimate story with us. To her, family and her (Eastern Europe) roots are important. That became clear in the performance-like presentation of her BOSSTVRVA collection. Accompanied by a video of Klaudia and her sister, dressed up as men and dancing around in a livingroom (that’s what they used to do when they were little) the Stavreva sisters dressed the models on stage. That way we could also see the make and the reverse side of the designs, like, for example: bandeau tops with shiny embellishments hidden on the inside. The Sworn Virgins of Albania were also clearly an inspiration source for Stavreva, hence the manly silhouettes and the, seemingly, oversized clothes.

As always we advice you to go see for yourself if you are interested. You can do that today and tomorrow (3 – 5 March 2017) from 9:30 – 18:00, at the Atelier Néerlandais (121, Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris)

More images by Mimi Berlin of the “Meet and Greet’ HERE

.More on this blog on ArtEZ Fashion Masters

Peet Dullaert and Spijkers & Spijkers are also presenting their newest collections at the same building.
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Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Mimi Berlin Blogger team took pictures inside and outside Frank Gehry’s building

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