Amsterdam International Fashion Week: A Tribute to Orange Babies…
Posted in amsterdam, fashion July 29th, 2009 by piablog

orangebabies3 photographs copyright Peter Stigter

Do you remember a little while ago I mentioned I was working on something fun for an upcoming event and I needed lots of kids clothes? Here is the post for a quick recap if you need it.

The event was the last catwalk show of the Amsterdam Fashion Week. It was a special show called “A Tribute To Orange Babies” created by the incredibly talented team of agents, photographers, stylists, make-up artists and models at the styling agency I am represented by – House of Orange – in celebration of its charity department called Orange Babies which has been successfully raising funds and awareness for children in Africa for the past 10 years. The show was held last Sunday at 9pm.

And boy, was it a hit!

The tent was packed. It appeared everyone who was ‘anyone’ of the Amsterdam fashion scene was there. I even had someone remark to me that this was the place to be right now. Wow!

So what was a non-fashiony gal like me to wear to such an event? It was the first time I had even been to a fashion show. I wore my skinny black organic cotton jeans, tall(ish)black heels, a simple shoe-string strapped white singlet tucked in. And. Well, that’s it! I decided to go without accessories – that was to be my fashion statement for the night. While some of you may shriek that I went accessory-less, I promise you I did do my hair, and I wore makeup – two extraordinarily special things for me to do for any event.

The night was a great success and I walked out inspired ever more by what one can do with recycled things. You all know how passionate I am about this topic.

Anyway, each styling team for each runway creation was stunning. Some of my faves were:

The deconstruction of tailoring, by Nick Foss and Rene Vandebeld: of which 10 or so rather dazzling specimens of the opposite sex walked out in gorgeous reconstructed/deconstructed men’s suits. Beautiful.

Silhouettes, construction bound and found by Caroline Fuchs, Maarten Spruyt, and Kevin Power: 8 human-like creatures dressed in recycled baskets as hats and shoes, old lamp shades as skirts, macrame plant hangers as headpieces, recycled plastic bodices, pampas grass, old pillows… an amazing collection of recycled wares made into art fashion. It was dreamy.

orangebabies4 photographs copyright Peter Stigter

Little Time, Little Money: a non-stop runway of models in perfectly styled second hand clothes. Totally inspiring.

Yvette and I rather loved that front number – aren’t the colours beautiful together? also the hair. and makeup – it was all gorgeous. Photograph Peter Stigter

At the end of the show there were credits on the screen, and I was chuffed to see my name up there in lights! So what did I do exactly? Well, it has nothing to do with the catwalk, but everything to do with making something fun for Orange Babies. I’ll show you in the next post…

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  1. Andi says

    VERY cool!!! I would have loved to have been there. Sounds like you had a fabulous night yourself. I would have loved to have seen a pic of you. :)

    The hair and makeup of the models is gorgeous. Though they look so unhappy. Orange Babies is SUCH an awesome charity.

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  2. Yvette says

    now we have to get someone to learn us how pin up our hair so well… hahaha! x

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  3. nyla says

    wow! this IS inspiring. can’t wait to see your styling for the show.

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  4. pia says

    Hi Nyla – welcome home! I hope Paris was fun, and I hope you tell us all about it on your blog soon.

    Yvette – IT WAS FUN INDEED! yes we need to find out who did the hair and ask them about some tricks.

    Andi – there were photographers everywhere taking pics, but alas I never saw a camera pointed toward me, and I don’t know what publications all the photographers were from either. Who knows where all those images go to in the end!


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