Romantic whimsy at David Laport
Opening night was headlined by Dutch fashion royalty David Laport, whose ethereal dresses have captured the attention of celebrities including Solange Knowles. The soundtrack for the show came from eight grand pianos placed along the runway, which models wove their way around. Laport presented a heavily textured collection that blended sheer with shine, mesh with feathers and sculptural shapes inspired by flowers. His signature pleats and gossamer layers were lifted with citrus shades, bubble gum pink and inky blues.
Luxury minimalism at 10 Days
A newcomer to Amsterdam Fashion Week, but a brand with no less of an impressive following, 10 Days put together a collection of covetable separates encapsulating the elevated minimalism that Dutch women do so well. Understated though they were, the pieces were cleanly designed, seasonless and in many cases gender-neutral. An excellent example of the ‘see now, buy now’ marketing strategy in action, the collection had the audience earmark piece after piece to purchase after the show.
Unexpected pairings at Lidl
By far the least expected name to see in a fashion week lineup, Lidl Supermarket came to the party with a collection co-designed by Heidi Klum. An army of models in matching outfits walked out against projections of grocery items: tea bags, laundry detergent, coffee, sometimes carrying said items as accessories. This core collection was interspersed by designs created by five recent fashion graduates from around the Netherlands: Mirte Luijmes, Heidi Dai, Lieselot Elzinga, Amber Willemztijn and Laura Snijders. Production values were exceptionally high at this show, with polished styling, big name models and famous faces in the front row.
Tough grunge at Zoe Karssen
‘Lost Angeles’ was the premise of Zoe Karssen’s show and we were transported to a grungy part of downtown LA as soon as the first outfit came out. It takes a special kind of talent to make a collection based largely of biker jackets and distressed denim to feel fresh, but Karssen delivered. The tougher pieces were balanced by sportswear and swimsuits in tropical bird prints. Even the soundtrack, opening with the fast-paced ‘Tomboy’ by Princess Nokia, had the models stomp along at a hurried pace that added to the edgy, attitudinal vibe.
All images: Team Peter Stigter