On 15 June, the new head of design at Rietveld, Niels Klavers watched nervously as his graduates presented their final collections at the Benthem Crouwel building.
Textile graduates Torfi Fannar Gunnarsson and Elisabeth Leersse’s really impressed. The first graduate did so with a vivid knitwear collection, in which he draped pieces of cloth into a Greek-style toga while Leersse showcased a pretty collection of sweaters.
From the fashion department, there were only three graduates showcasing their final collections.
The first proved, like many other designers this year, to be mesmerized by Iris van Herpen. With a laser, Jolka Wiens applied cuts into foam dresses, tops and skirts. Overall her designs were less futuristic, voluminous and stern in comparison Van Herpen’s, but had a rather pleasant, natural flow.
“A naturally beautiful mess” sums up the collection of Morta Griskeviciute. Inspired by the work of the Canadian photographer Robert Polidore, the Lithuanian designer played with colours, prints, materials and texture to create living collages.
Poul Brouwer’s collection was the highlight of the show. Brouwer set out to illustrate what heaven must look like: bright, soft padded and tranquil. For his menswear collection, which included the man skirt, he combined black-and-white block patterns with aquarelle paint prints.
Photo Credits: Team Peter Stigter