The next edition of Amsterdam International Fashion Week is scheduled for July 27th -31st 2005.
Names 2 Watch
New designer names to keep an eye on over the coming year:
– Kim Bekker
– Frido van der Wey
– Percy Irausquin
In 1989 Van Tilburg was working with the international fashion company â€˜Secon Groupâ€™ when the offer of a denim launch came his way. A deal was struck with a Swiss denim supplier operating in the
The Gap-Star brand was born and its innovative cuts, washes and weaves got those Dutch customers a-flocking. Reaching a 20-30% growth with each passing year Van Tilburg began to consider other markets. â€œWhen I started to export I hit a problem with the name. We agreed to drop the A and the P and became G-Star, which has actually worked out better for us internationally.â€
Fifteen years on and G-Star denims can be found in 36 countries with 16 of its own shops and another 24 openings planned across
How is Van Tilburg retaining such a strong customer base in an overcrowded denim market? â€œCreatively there are no limits. Everyone feels like wearing a pair of jeans some days. We collaborate with people like Australian product designer â€“ Marc Newson to create fresh and unexpected ideas. You need constant innovation all the time. And even today we create everything in-house – from ad campaigns to shop interiors. We are a very close team.â€
Other successful brands and labels sprouting from the Dutch fashion camp include: Mexx, Oilily, Laundry Industry, Viktor & Rolf, Sissy Boy and Cora Kemperman.
Fashion addict extraordinaire Stephan Karlas gives a brief insight into what and whereâ€™s hot on the
Jimmy Woo’s – club (started happening after Ocean’s Twelve stars started going there)
Korte Leidsedwarsstratt 18 1017 RC
11 – restaurant & club – trendy (can be a bit yuppie)
Oosterdokskade 3-5, 1011 AD
Vak Zuid – restaurant & club – trendy young crowd 21-35 yrs
Olympisch Stadion 35,
Vibing â€“ lounge – great music with a relaxed atmosphere
Club Arena – club mixed music – mixed crowd trendy yet relaxed
‘s-Gravesandestraat 51, 1092 AA
Arc – lounge – mixed crowd gay/straight – trendy with good atmosphere and music
Reguliersdwarsstraat 44, 1017 BM
Oostelijke handelskade 4, 1019 BM
Finally starting to see more effort with the fashion program. The shoes are fantastic, everything from
G-Star appears to be the “new look” for
Leather is very big. Motorcycle jackets, short leather jackets etcâ€¦
Accessories are strong – fantastic cuff watches, sunglasses and cool shoulder bags for men and women.
Men are tending to go towards the “short” look, very military retro.
Women: various looks from short to the return of â€œFarah Fawcett.â€ Styles appear to be reverting back to 80s for women.