Amsterdam Fashion Week & MINT

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Amsterdam Fashion Week & MINT

The last week has been all about fashion. Charlie + Mary visited catwalk shows at Amsterdam Fashion Week and trade show Modefabriek with its show pony MINT. Their highlights:

Lisa Konno - For The Workers

Lisa Konno, our tenth Very Berry Person, graduated in 2014 from ArtEZ in Arnhem and debuted this Amsterdam Fashion Week with an anti sweatshop statement. The Japanese - Dutch designer presented her collection 'For The Workers' (photograph), a tribute to the victims of the collapsed Bangladesh clothing factory.

During her studies Lisa developed a passion for sustainability. Today she sees it as her personal mission to make sustainability fashionable. With her first independent show she takes a firm statement in regards to fast fashion and all the abuses that go with them. Read more>

Barbara Langendijk - Riches from rags

Barbara Langendijk's came up with her collection 'Riches from rags' because of her interest in traditional Japanese culture, characterized by peace and respect. Digital media has given a different value to time and personal attention in today's Western society. Langendijk's aim is to be able to create a more conscious way of clothing design, in response to today's crammed fashion system.

As a metaphorical object for our often limited attention span, Langendijk used the hourglass during the show. The hourglass emphasized the urgency for time and attention within the design process. Read more>

MINT fair

Al lot was going on at the MINT fair last Monday. Fashion designer Hans Ubbink, Glamour magazine editor Sanne Groot Koerkamp and Pascalle Grotenhuis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed how the fashion industry could become more sustainable together with public and press. Everyone agreed that the focus should on all positive things happening in the field of sustainable fashion.

One of these possible examples is Studio JUX: a pioneering design label from Amsterdam and exhibiter at MINT. After the talkshow Studio JUX launched the capsule collection for Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 'By Birdy'. The collection is a co-operation with actress, director and writer Sanne Vogel who launched the collection by showing one of the design pieces herself.

We're off to bed. See you next week!