Amsterdam Fashion Week Day 1 - People Of The Labyrinths

Amsterdam Fashion Week Day 1 – People Of The Labyrinths

Jan 24, 2013 |  by  |  Fashion, Photos
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Score! Redhead models! And I happen to loooooove gingers; I dye my hair trying to be one. Founders and designers Hans Demoed and Geert de Rooij say they are so inspired by redheads, they started an online search for ginger models to walk this show. People Of The Labyrinths (POTL) is known for their handmade garments. They design, sew, dye and print everything by hand, and that fact is already one of the reasons why POTL is so great. The show tonight came in three parts and showed everything they’re good at.

Part One

The music starts. The first model struts down the runway on a heavy bass drum. She reminds me of a nomad, in her flowing tie-dye robe, her soft curls moving with every step she takes. The rest of the models are her gypsy family, travelling through the desert in a caravan, sleeping wherever they decide to put down their tents. They wear a lot of thin layers and headscarves. Robes, vests, skirts and cardigans combined with fur and big jackets. On their feet they wear tough western boots, since you can’t plough through the desert sand on six-inch heels. The boys wear Mongolian fur jackets and printed pants in the same soft fabric, but in darker, more masculine tones. The colours are rich but natural, and look great on the pale skins of the models. POTL goes for romance and craft, and it works perfectly.

…garments that would do great on a festival.

Part Two

This part is called A.Maze. It’s another line from the POTL collection. Three girl models with grunge hairdos and a tough look on their face walk down the runway like a New York street gang. This second part is more streetwise and tough. In this part, we meet the city nomads. The layers are back, but used in a more sturdy way. And now, the girls wear extreme spiked wedges in stead of boots. Skirts are worn over pants, and tops are combined with a cardigan, jacket and extra scarf, which is worn over a cap. There’s short baseball jackets in printed silk, there’s shorts and sports pants in beautiful prints, and there’s a lot of hoods and caps. The main colour is black, combined with deep, rich hues. The jackets and cardigans of both girls and boys are heavy and big, and have fur collars and hems. The boys look tough, wearing jeans and printed pants tucked into their boots, and extremely big coats.

Part Three

Five girls open the last part of the show, looking like little hippie angels in similar looking dresses. The dresses are all in a different colours, but have the same print. The rest of the third part is a little more easy going and down-dressed than the previous two parts. Both for men and women I see colourful leather jackets with prints, combined with simple t-shirts and skinny trousers and jeans.

Then, suddenly, the grand finale. The whole hippie family is joined together on one stage. It looks like a scene from a ’60s festival. Seeing everything together shows the differences between each part, but also the similarities. It’s a varied collection with an own style. There are a lot of garments that would do great on an outdoor festival. So the next time you’re thinking about investing in a one-of-a-kind handmade festival outfit, my advice is: POTL.

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