Dutch Designers To Know About At Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek, Winter 2017

Amsterdam Fashion Week 2007 |© Guido van Nispen/Flickr
Amsterdam Fashion Week 2007 |© Guido van Nispen/Flickr
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Updated: 7 December 2016
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The winter edition of Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam is fast approaching and will take place inside Wasterfabriek from the 26th to 29th of January. The event – among the largest of its kind in the Netherlands – will showcase an enormous selection of work from Dutch and Belgian fashion designers. To prepare for FashionWeek, Culture Trip has put together a list of promising and established designers to look out for on this year’s catwalk.

Tess van Zalinge

As a designer, Tess van Zalinge plays with cuts and fabrics normally associated with lingerie in order to create elegant haute-couture items that possess a deeply refined sense of sensuality. After graduating from Amsterdam Fashion Institute, van Zalinge worked with a number of other fashion designers on a popular clothing line that appeared at HEMA stores throughout the Netherlands and then established her own fashion label in 2015. Her designs blur the lines drawn between conventional lingerie and fashion, employing and adapting techniques from both fields.

Anbasja Blanken

Anbasja Blanken launched her label, ALA BLANKA, at the beginning of 2016, and then soon after, she debuted her first prêt-à-porter collection at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam. Her work characteristically revolves around luxurious women’s trousers, and Blanken has developed an impressive range of tailoring techniques to create her garments of choice. Although highly stylized, her trousers always remain wearable and seamlessly merge flowing or sharp forms with functional cuts.

Bound Amsterdam

Bound Amsterdam is an entrepreneurial-minded fashion label that is eager to bring high-end menswear into the 21st century. Their designs are consciously minimalistic and mainly keep to modest, timeless forms. The studio’s t-shirts, trousers, and jackets are classically stylish and subtly combine ideas drawn from men’s basic wear with contemporary design practices. All of their clothing is manufactured in Italy and uses ethically sourced, high-quality fabrics.

Spijkers en Spijkers

Twin sisters Truus and Riet Spijkers design ornately detailed clothing that recalls Art Deco‘s design-oriented artwork. When it comes to skill, the pair is perfectly matched, with Truus handling the color and form of their clothing and Riet converting her sister’s ideas into wearable garments. Since graduating from fashion school, the designers have collaborated with a number of prominent brands, including Specsavers, and their clothing frequently appears on international catwalks and in boutiques.

Liselore Frowijn

In 2013, Liselore Frowijn’s graduation project, Afternoon of a Replicant, won the prestigious Frans Molenaar prize – an honor that generally marks the beginning of a promising career in fashion. Since then, her work has appeared on catwalks across the globe, and she has created several vibrant collections that are designed to emulate the effects of high art and culture. Her adventurous style has already garnered considerable praise from the international fashion world, and for her newest collection (which is set to be unveiled at this year’s FashionWeek), Frowijn collaborated with Vlisco textiles to create a line of beautifully printed clothing.

Edwin Oudshoorn

Edwin Oudshoorn is among the most respected figures to emerge from the Dutch fashion industry over the past decade, becoming a leading figure within the world of haute couturier. His collections are influenced by romanticism and border on the fantastical. Oudshoorn’s designs commonly feature Swarovski crystals and other opulent elements such as bridal lace or ornamental sequins. Besides the catwalk, Oudshoorn has also worked in costume design, with his creations having appeared in numerous films and stage productions.

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