Marga Weimans is a fashion house which explorers and pushes the borders of fashion by incorporating elements from various other creative disciplines, such as architecture, industrial design and fine arts. The designer graduated at the prestigious Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts with her collection "The Power Of My Dreams' in 2005.
This collection received international recognition by winning an I-D award, named after the organizing fashion magazine, and its purchase and exhibition by the Groninger Museum. Thereafter, Marga Weimans has presented several collections in Paris and participated in numerous projects, both of which were displayed in various exhibitions throughout The Netherlands and abroad. As a starting point of the design process, the designer relies on her surroundings, her ambitions and dreams, and the development of her life and fashion house. The resulting creations are characterized by a highly innovative use of materials; wood, iron, resin, semi-precious stones and fiberglass, for instance, have all been used in her creations together with self-developed fabrics and prints.
Amsterdam Fashion Week: Marie Clair presents Claes Iversen
Claes Iversen is considered one of the most talented young designers in the Netherlands. His collections, which continuously balance between ready-to-wear and haute couture, are modern re-interpretations of classic women's garments without being a cliché. Iversen is known for his ultra feminine silhouettes, luxurious use of materials and an eye for details combined with a large dose of understated non-Dutch glamour.
Iversen graduated at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2006. His ambition was already recognized during his 3rd year when he won the ‘BLVD Modeprijs' and was offered an internship at Viktor & Rolf. In 2008 Iversen received his master's degree at the Fashion Institute Arnhem while presenting his graduation collection at Paris Fashion Week. In that same year he presented his first collection as an independent designer at Amsterdam Fashion Week and won the ‘Marie Claire Prix de la Mode Award' in the category ‘Best National Designer'.
Amstrdam Fashion week Jan 2012: Spijkers & Spijkers
Spijkers en Spijkers have since the label's foundation built an instantly recognizable and desirable style: one known for its graphic detailing, and distinct use of color. The twin-sisters have an historical fascination with the 1920's that clearly reflect in their designs. A time loved by the designers for it's great renewal in arts, design and attitude. For Spijkers en Spijkers this is the era where their muses where born, independent thinkers with a mind of their own.
With this occiput in mind Spijkers en Spijkers created their SIS line to be a more accessible line to carry out their vision and draw an opportunity to enlarge their audience in the Netherlands and abroad. The Art-deco influences and the graphic which are key for the spijkers en spijkers style can be seen as a laboratory for the diffusion line SiS. The SIS collection is covered with the same aura and has become an asset to the main line.
Amsterdam Fashion week Jan 2012: Grazia presents Elise Kim
Elise Kim is an Amsterdam based women's wear and accessories brand. Elise was born in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. At 16, she left her country to study high school in Toronto, Canada. After high school, Elise Kim studied at Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Amsterdam Fashion Institute in Amsterdam and Central Saint Martins in London. She graduated in 2010 at AMFI. ??
After graduating, Elise Kim was granted the BKVB Funding to start her own brand. Elise Kim is defined by the combination of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Inspiration drawn from memories and everyday life is combined with an emphasis on tailoring, graphic shapes and the use of her unique designed fabrics.
In October 2011, several pieces of the A/W'11 and S/S'12 collection were used during episode 6 in Holland's Next Top Model 2011.
In November 2011, Elise was granted the BKVB Funding for the 2nd time to support her brand.