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Hallucination Is The Operative Word At Amsterdam International Fashion Week


The Dutch government may have banned the sale of magic mushrooms a few years back, but their psychedelic after-effects appeared to be in evidence both on and off the runways at Amsterdam International Fashion Week, which concluded yesterday.

Fluorescent tie dye, polka-dotted bull horns, beaks, and a range of voodoolike accessories were the hallmarks of Bas Kosters’ standout collection (pictured), much admired for its unfettered, rebellious glee. “You know you’re not going to get jeans and a T-shirt with this guy,” gushed local blogger and stylist Rudney Lourens, when confronted with a model who appeared to be carried piggy-back by an enormous mutant Muppet.

The work of another enfant terrible was on display in the Westergasfabriek, in the form of Your hallucination is complete, a multimedia installation based on ten years of fashion shoots by Steven Klein. Curated by Amsterdam’s world-class photo gallery Foam, it was intended to depict a decade of decadence and decay in America, but drew crowds who appeared more delighted than disturbed.

Prize for best party of the week went to Ilja Visser, whose “Escapism”-themed designs for Ready to Fish were presented in a darkened circus tent at a warehouse cocktail bash that incorporated men on stilts, painted ladies, and even a fortune teller, who was to be glimpsed freaking out the front row with her oddly specific predictions.

And the forecast for Amsterdam International Fashion Week itself? Co-founder James Veenhof makes it sound pretty straightforward: “Today we are working hard to put Amsterdam on the map. Tomorrow we are New York fashion week’s cooler younger cousin.” Sounds like the journey’s going to be a trip.

Photo: Peter Stigter



  1. jannu says:

    i would love to see a slideshow of all these hallucinating events you attended to! please share :)

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