I really wanted to have a photo session with the outfit I wore during Dutch Design Week. Wearing something special was my way of celebrating these creative and talented people who participated in the exhibitions in Eindhoven. Here we go.
Non-precious Materials Turned into Statement Jewelry
The special necklace made of organic cotton, wrapped around a nylon rope and finished with laser-cut Plexiglas and magnetic clasps is designed by Anna Rosa Moschouti. She is a young designer who studied architecture in Greece and dreamed initially to become an architect in the Netherlands. I will not tell her, but during one of the international events I participated to, I met a Dutch girl studying architecture in the Netherlands. She complained about not being able to boost her creativity here, in a country where architecture is highly regulated. For me the uniformity in architecture is key, but I guess an architect aspire to challenge himself/herself with iconic architecture projects. Anyhow, Anna is now based in Antwerp, Belgium and she became a jewelry designer. Which I particularly think it suits her better. Just by the way her handmade collections look like.
Shoe Trend of Fall 2017 ?!
The white ankle boots were all over New York streets during Fashion Week. And I have to be honest and admit I did not fall for this trend. Until a good friend from Den Bosch took me to this shop I actually wanted to visit for a while. Their out of the box and quirky shoes called Grotesque Shoes made me reconsider the trend. These white booties are from the spring collection and the color of the heels is the way the Dutch designer expressed the beauty of the sunshine in spring. Call me little miss sunshine! But what convinced me to buy them was how comfortable they feel. I can even ride my bicycle with them.
Velvet – The Most Magnificent Texture of Medieval Times
Velvet was one of the textures I always liked. I remember having a blue sapphire suit, slim waist almost tailcoat-like and boot-cut pants, especially customized for me when I was fifteen years old. I did tell you me and fashion we go way way back.
The velvet was first mentioned in the textile book in the 14th century. Back then Cairo was the biggest producer of velvet. This fabric was mainly exported to Venice. Before industrial power looms, making velvet was a complex process. Due to its high cost of production and softness look, velvet was always associated with royalty or nobility. Have you ever asked yourself where does the idea of velvet on the gondolas come from? Well, somehow the Italians managed to be later on (after Cairo) well-known for their high-quality and luxuriant velvet. Brocading with plain silk, with uncut pile or with a ground of gold tissue were just some of the many ornamentation Italians were using. Nowadays the fabric in the gondolas are probably made of synthetic velvet and not silk as they used to. But their look for sure evokes a velvetier past.
Keep it colorful! I sure try to even with the rain and wind which mocks my hairstyle! (disclaimer)
Necklace: Anna Rosa Moschouti, Dress: Numph (sold out, but I have a list of beautiful green velvet dresses below), Shoes: Grotesque Shoes, Coat: Tommy Hilfiger (old but check the list below), Bag: Ted Baker (old, but what about this affordable bag to match those heels?); Gloves: Zara (old but check these similar color here)