Above: Jef Montes/ Eefje Wijnings/ Julian Stips
This year’s 19 ArtEZ graduates once again put on an incredible show, delivering everything from smoking men to urban grannies.
Jef Montes evoked the image of a crying Madonna with his collection made from a special glass-infused silk while Eefje Wijnings created architectural pieces dripping with geometric patterns. Julian Stips’ colourful flemenco-inspired designs with their ruffled sleeves and grand cactus appliqués just screamed ‘Ola bebe!’
Renee Bonte put a smile on everybody’s face by sending a granny in a very glitzy outfit out on the catwalk as her first model – a stark contrast to Luuk Varkenvisser rough biker boys.
Menswear designer Ben Dekker’s collection, can hardly be classified as dangerous or masculine. Dekker pushed the boundaries between masculine and feminine tailoring by dressing his models in short skirts.
Also pushing the boundaries of menswear was Anne Kluytenaar. She hoisted her smoking male models into Chanel-style suits complete with pearls necklaces, handbags and thick layers of make-up.
Presenting a very feminine, yet modern collection was Maxime Cortens, who excelled in combining flowing silky fabrics with transparent plastics and knitwear. Jody de Lange’s electric colour palette of neon and pastel shades really impressed, but the true highlight in this category were the graphic designs with metallic detailing of Esther Kruyers, who impressively designed some fabrics herself.
Photography: Team Peter Stigter