Amsterdam Fashion Week Closing Party

While I wish I could have seen all the action from some of my favourite Dutch designers at Amsterdam International Fashion Week, I was living stroopwaffle-less in Canada. My Dutch friend and blogger Amber De Smet caught all of the party action and went to AIFW’s closing after party. Read on for her review of the closing ceremonies. Last Sunday was the final day of Amsterdam International Fashion Week. But a final day is nothing without a final night, or at least that’s what the organizers of SALUTE – the so-called Closing Party of AIFW – must have thought. The final event was held at ‘Culture Park Westergasfabriek’, an old industrial site. (For the ones among us who aren’t too familiar with Dutch – ‘Westergasfabriek’ literally means ‘Western Gas Factory’.) The Culture Park was about a ten minute bus ride from the city centre, which meant that mainly dedicated fashionistas… View Full Post

United Nude Shopping Night in Amsterdam

Last week, I attended United Nude‘s shopping night, at their Amsterdam flagship store. I’ve always loved United Nude’s creative and cutting edge footwear, and their marriage of fashion and architecture. The brand was actually created by an English shoemaker, Galahad Clark (of the Clarks family) and Dutch architect, Rem D. Koolhaus. I had to pick up a pair of these shoes, the Eamz sandal in pewter, because I think they epitomize Dutch design. To the event, I wore a black bustier and graphic-printed maxi skirt from Primark.

Red Storm Shutters

This look was inspired by a traditional Dutch country house near my home in Utrecht. I fell in love with the red shutters and wanted to bring that out, as well as parallel the texture of the thatched roof with my fur coat. I’m wearing a vintage fur coat from Bij Ons vintage, located in Amsterdam. The first few weeks I arrived here were freezing, so I definitely got good use out of this coat. I accessorized with a pair of bright red suede booties from Cafe Moda, once again, located in Amsterdam. The wool hat is from H&M. Maybe it was because this house appeared to be a daycare, but there was something very playful about the environment and my outfit. I love the way the red booties add an accent to an otherwise neutral look. I hope I have space in my luggage to bring this beautiful vintage… 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

Wearing orange in the Netherlands

Orange is one of the hottest colours this year, and was popping up all over at Amsterdam Fashion Week, on the runways and on the streets. I fell in love with this orange feather boa on sale at Zara in Amsterdam, it shows off my love for the colour and this country. I styled the boa with a leopard print sweater, and an oversized key necklace from Forever XXI. The orange definitely adds pop to the neutral colours in the print. I’m also wearing a gold watch and gold jeans from Joe Fresh. I love how I can wear this boa loose as a quirky stole. It would look very dramatic with an evening dress and a chic undo. My booties were another find in Dam Square, but yesterday I got caught in a cobblestone and nearly face planted! Lesson learned: cobblestones + four inch heels + a few glasses… View Full Post