Amsterdam International Fashion Week Day 3 - .MARLOES BLAAS.

Amsterdam International Fashion Week Day 3 – .MARLOES BLAAS.

Jan 29, 2011 |  by  |  Fashion, Photos
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Sabrina (who is old as fuck) has more energy than a Duracell bunny, and uses it to dance in the newest clubs, eat too much junk food, play all the videogames, examine apps and shop - even though she has more than enough clothes. Sorry Earth.

The most promising designer at the Amsterdam International Fashion Week has to be Marloes Blaas. This young designer never went to a fashion academy but showed us a collection that won’t be forgotten soon. ‘A woman’s merit’, as the show was called, is an homage to strong women in dark times. Especially those whom had to start working when their men went off to war. I had a short talk with her about this after the show where she told me some more:

These women have given the generations after them confidence and a position more independent from men

Sabrina interviewing Marloes Blaas

The war came back in many facets of the show. Green ensembles made from army tents, male-inspired one-pieces and feminine dresses. This was how women in the forties were supposed to be: a wife and mother but also the breadwinner at the same time. The contrast was really clear and the styling was well executed.

Even more surprising was that Blaas used original maps from the war for some of the pieces. When we spoke, Marlies told me the following about this: “Maps were made from silk then, so if they would crash or if the maps got wet, they were still be able to use them. For this collection I didn’t reprint anything. The maps you saw are the originals from the forties!”. I was amazed when she told me this and later even double-checked. Isn’t it priceless to work with those fabrics? “Yes, pretty much” she answered laughing.

So there you have it, a priceless debut at Amsterdam International Fashion Week. How many designers can say that?

Photos by Rutger Houweling:

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