Amsterdam Fashion Week Opening Party

While I couldn’t be in AMS to attend Amsterdam International Fashion Week’s kick-off party, my friend and fellow blogger, Amber de Smet checked it out. Read her story below: What springs to mind when I say the words ‘Holland in January’? Ice skating, frozen canals, slippery bicycle paths, snowy windmills, or perhaps… Amsterdam International Fashion Week? This year, AIFW organised their first ever Official Opening Party in Club AIR. A public event for which I was on the guest list, thanks to my dear Canadian friend Natalie. I admit that when – in my case – your last Fashion Week experience has been a cringe-worthy Liverpool Fashion Week, it’s easy to be impressed by a nice venue. But even to Fashion Week Veterans, AIR would probably come across as one of Amsterdam’s most impressing clubs: well decorated with smooth, black walls and cleverly placed lights near reflecting surfaces. A very… View Full Post

First Impressions of the Netherlands

I’ve been in the Netherlands for almost two weeks now, and one of my first assignments for my journalism program here at HU was to describe my first impressions of the country. I got off the train and walked along the platform. The PA system said something in Dutch, but I couldn’t understand it. I navigated my way outside of Amsterdam Centraal station and crossed the street. Out of the corner of my peripheral vision, I could see a light blue scooter coming straight at me; I didn’t realize I was standing in the bike lane as I was taking a picture like a tourist. I walked down the street and found myself in Dam Square. A carriage horse snorted at me and I pet him. I joked that I wish I had a carrot for him as a treat. The carriage driver responded in his thick Russian accent, “He’s… View Full Post

Amsterdam Fashion Week Day 4: Street Style

On Saturday, I saw the Custo Barcelona show. Here are some pictures of the fashionable attendees and those involved with the show. The Custo Barcelona show featured models in urban street wear, and I was obsessed with the models’ orange lips. This look can be brought from the runway to the sidewalk by toning down the neon effect with a matte coral or bright pink lip. I met Mascha, whose blog, Beautygloss is the most popular beauty blog in the Netherlands. She was such a sweetheart and I’ve checked out her YouTube makeup tutorials, they seem amazing, but I wish I spoke Dutch! This leopard coat + cat eye combo is retro and very cute. I love her bright orange coat… I’m upset I had to leave my tangerine leather at home. This young lady is apparently a Modeling Competition finalist. She was working the red carpet outside in a… View Full Post

Amsterdam Fashion Week – Day Two: Streetstyle

Today, I headed to Amsterdam Fashion Week.  Unfortunately, I came to early to catch Grazia Magazine’s show by Elise Kim, but I met a few people there and snapped some pictures of fashionable attendees. I could not get over this Givenchy handbag! It had beautiful structure and contrasting details. I could only dream about owning a showpiece like this! One trend that popped up quite a bit was the colour orange. Tangerine tango is the it-colour of 2012, according to Pantone, and it is without a doubt, the Netherlands’ signature hue. The colour popped up on accessories, from boots to scarves. There was only a light drizzle today, but this umbrella is more about drama than functionality. His sunglasses were unlike anything I’ve seen before, and he’s got layering down pat. I’m starting to learn from Dutch people, layering is essential in this dampness! This model-off-duty caught my eye. Very… View Full Post