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Nature's Child by iNDiViDUALS

There was a sense of nostalgia on the catwalk during the iNDiViDUALS by AMFI show at Amsterdam International Fashion Week; bohemians and glamrockers went hand in hand with some literal flower power.

By Cassandra Pizzey / 21-07-2011

As groups of five models showed the various themes within the collections, the audience was given a good look at the garments; no usual once-around-the-block here. A carefully choreographed routine with professional models and students alike allowed a longer viewing time, yet made for a slightly busy runway.

Starting the show were two models dressed in white and adorned with necklaces of oversized bells, creating a soundtrack of their own. Slimline yet voluminous white jackets followed, combined with skirts layered in various lengths, to give a bohemian, rock-chick feel.

As the white slowly converged into nude tones a bit of - maybe too much? - bare skin could be seen, some wrapped in sumptuous draperies or sexy bodycon swimsuits.
A common thread through the collection was a graphic black-white-and-red peacock print incorporated in trousers, full-length skirts, shorts and jumpsuits. Combined with white, black or sky-blue the versatile, organic print is a nod to the Nature's Child theme.

The name of the collection also refers to materials used: untreated supple leather, densely woven crisp cotton, linen and wool, each sustainable and ensuring the collection becomes one with nature.

The final looks of the show comprised mainly black outfits, some raw edges with unfinished handcrafted seams beautifully contrasted with long leather jackets, sheer wools and a touch of glamrock.

White, black and multicoloured accessories did nothing if not enhance the collection. Made from bells, beads and all manner of trinkets, they hint at the emotions which lay at the root of this theme.

iNDiViDUALS by AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) is an initiative of Nannet van der Klein and the institute in which a constantly changing collective of creatives designs and develop a fashion and accessory collection twice a year, that is shown at AIFW.

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Photography: Peter Stigter

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