Lichting 2011: Crazy, unique and craftmanship
Last night was the spectacular show of Lichting 2011, supported by G-Star RAW. Lichting provides a platform for the next generation of fashion talent. 14 Students showed their 5 strongest graduating pieces. An international judge decided who to receive the ‘G-Star Raw Talent Award’. The judge described the Dutch talents just as divers as the country itself. They were happily surprised about the creativity and uniqueness of the graduates. On the one hand many students showed some really original pieces that they never saw before, and on the other hand many made use of traditional craftmanship. My (Hunter Niels) personal three favourite men designers were: Bram van Diepen, Menno Vervoort and Amos Tranque. Bram van Diepen was influenced by the 1940s army. The short and soft leather jackets, combined with wide shorts and catchy assecoirres formed a fantastic match. In keywords his collectino was: Modern, masculine and sexy. Menno Voortman on the opposite was: Wearable, modern and androgynous. I loved every single piece of his graduate collection. The haremtrousers (or actually skirt trousers) had a very strong cut, the colour combination of the shirts of orange and white very Jil Sander-ish, and the jackets perfectly tailored. I wish I could bring the collection with me for NYFW. The third outstanding collection was from Amos Tranque. His collection is the best to describe as ‘Mad Men goes mental and futuristic’. On the first sight you see a very clean business look, but when looking closer there were some extreme attachments on the garments. Overall Amos collection was very contemporary.
The Hunters believe the men’s collections were stronger than the womens. The jury had an different opinion about that, Sanne Schepers/ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem received the Talent Award and showed a womens collection. I (Hunter Linda) understand the choice of the jury, the story behind the collection, the inspiration and the construction were a strong complex. And besides that, also really innovative. Hunter Niels wrote about our favorite mens collections. Our favorite in womens collections was: Lotte Mostert/ The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. The collection designed by Lotte was very recognizable to my own (Hunter Linda) personal style. Clean and sober but still really feminine. I also really liked the material, the knitted wool. Lichting is one of the Hunters favorite shows during AIFW, to see new talent and to get a lot of inspiration. It is fantastic that a brand like G-Star helps to provide such a platform. It makes us proud to see that our small country has so much talent.