Above: Raoel Amir
From hip funeral wear to romantic collections that wouldn’t look out of place in the palace of Versailles, Rotterdam’s Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) students put on a fantastic show.
Organisers mixed things up this year, showing the graduate collections in amongst pieces from the other year groups, giving the audience a glimpse at what’s to come in 2013…
Raoel Amir’s collection was the highlight of the evening. Accompanied by a heavy metal rendition of Sinatra’s I Did It My Way, Amir’s models walked the runway in idyllic printed suits, disco glitter pants and black capes topped with golden chains.
Marith Buij’s models floated down the catwalk in long, soft vestments with clerical collars, looking like a slick combination of a priest and Neo from the Matrix.
ARTS THREAD loved Madeleine van Nattem’s menswear collection for the modern dandy. She dressed her first dark haired, green-eyed model in a classic suit, but because she chose the same rich burgundy colour for all pieces, the look was anything but classic.
Dorien Boekhout, Ilona Putkaradze and Kavita Bachasingh presented their take on femininity with long, flowing silhouettes, silky fabrics mixed with fine knitwear and felt and just the right amount of glitz throughout.
Lola Khodjaeva produced a clean feminine look, but opted for more volume at the shoulders and hips. The round 60s sunglasses and smooth ponytails wrapped in black wire added a certain Minnie Mouse quirkiness to the entire look.
Nikki Beulen, Robis Koopmans and Morayema van Loon presented their playful, eclectic and sportswear themed designs. Beulen and Koopmans demonstrated to be incredibly skilled in blending fabrics of different textures, such as thick wool with metallics and plastic with jersey.
Image Credits: Team Peter Stigter