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Amfi vs. ArtEZ

One is part of Salon/, the other is part of Amsterdam Fashion Week. Two of the Netherlands' most prominent fashion academies presented two very different outlooks on the future this week.

By Cassandra Pizzey / 27-01-2012

Up first was ArtEZ, Arnhem with its Collectie Arnhem. The fourteenth show of its kind by third year fashion design students was held at Studio Umsjatka in Amsterdam for a small group of fashion insiders.

Named Stop|Start, the communal vision of the future by ArtEZ’ students was represented through bold colours, geometric prints and voluminous silhouettes. In the belief that what was once contrasting will in the future blend into one another, Collectie Arnhem 2012 showed silhouettes reminiscent of trees with their roots spread out wide.

Juxtapositions of complementary colours such as green and red or blue and gold were visualized in both broad and slender stripes, accentuating the contrast between graphic and organic prints. To complement, and nodding towards Spring fashion, was the use of neon-coloured accessories.

Striking were the cuts of the fabric which seemed to follow the bodies’ shape like a waterfall of fabric, bending the striped pattern along the way. Overall the large team succeeded in creating a coherent collection.

A much larger venue - the Westergasfabriek - was given to Individuals by AMFI for its show named DUALS. The catwalk was strewn with what seemed like ash, loud urban music filled the hall and models marched over the catwalk in biker-boots and with covered faces.

This collection gave a very different outlook on the future, one with a more apocalyptic approach. Common thread in the collection was the question ‘what time could this be’, evident in the choice of materials and colour.

Blacks, browns and muted suit fabrics dominated the collection which focussed heavily on functionality. Some workwear-inspired pieces - both from the office and workshop - hinted towards the current political climate in the form of riots, Occupy and the financial crisis.
Bomber jackets, oversized hoodies and the use of leather formed a collection in which the wearer feels protected and strong.

Again here, a cohesive collection was put together by a large group of creatives which played on the theme of dual. Dual can be interpreted as the duel we each face against the world an ourselves yet also as the duality between believing in something and being insecure.

Collectie Arnhem exhibition and showroom, 21 January until 5 February, Lauriergracht 152 Amsterdam

Photography: Team Peter Stigter

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