Primary Fashion at the Oscars

No prints. Just clean colors with interesting fabrics. The ladies at the Oscars almost all chose for 1 color dresses: the one even more beautiful then the next. The primary colors are very important this year. For me it resembles a need for clarity, cleanness and a new start. No more prints and difficulty but straight forward, positive and hopeful! I will be posting an article about this trend soon, it will be published along with photos I styled in Envie Magazine. Back to the Oscars:  here are some of my favorites!

ImageAnne Hathaway in a beautiful soft pink Prada dress. Love the softness en romanticness of her look, with the awesome short hair!

ImageFan Binbing wowed me with this amazing eyepopping Marchesa. Absolutely love it ❤

ImageSolange Knowles at the Vanity Fair after party: breathtaking in Pucci

ImageSally Field is just amazing in Valentino! Way better then Jennifer Aniston if you ask me.

ImageNatalie Portman looks like an angel in this white dress (White people, I tell you! Color of the year!)

ImageKelly Osbourne seriously looks amazing!!!!! Love this

ImageI mean. Come on. She looks awesome!!

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Black Bird in a Silver Sky

I don’t have a lot of time at the moment, so the article writing feels a bit behind. However, I can finally put this pictures online because they have been published in a magazine! Photographer Melissa Houben, make-up artist Kelly van Etten and myself as the stylist shot this amazing girl named Britt. This was her first shoot ever, she is 11! We did a very angel like look and a darker version with dark eyes and purple chalk in her hair. I think the pictures came out amazing! Britt did so well and she loved it, that’s most important. Maybe we have a new Daphne Groeneveld on our hands!

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Photography: Melissa Houben http://www.melissahouben.nl                                                          Make-up Artist: Kelly van Etten http://www.kellyvanetten.nl                                                   Model: Britt van Maanen                                                                                                Styling: Gracia Visscher GV Styling and Writing

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Jean Paul Gaultier Heaven

For once I’m very happy to live in the Netherlands! The first exhibition that shows the work of thirty years Jean Paul Gaultier is in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, and of course, I was there!

I have written a review on the exhibition for the site 8weekly.nl, but it is in Dutch. I just wanted to share with you here that is was amazing. The exhibition shows a lot of personal stuff from the fashion designer like sketches, polaroid photos of him and Madonna and videos of the many many fashion shows. Multi media was smartly worked with by projecting moving faces on the mannequins. They looked at you, blinked with their eyes and even sung. It was awesome! If you are by any change near or in the Netherlands, this exhibition is certainly worth the trip! I might go again, want to experience the wonderland of Gaultier one more time! The exhibition can be visited until the 12th of May!

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Gracia Visscher

http://www.kunsthal.nl

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Nature in art: The Sublime

I just came back from a very long seminar about the sublime. It’s a course I’m doing the next 6 months and already I have been enlightened. Sometimes different art forms, but also happenings in real life, can have a strange impact on you. You are amazed, but also maybe a little thrown, scared and intrigued. In this blog, I want to find out what things or events cause this complex emotional feeling. How sublime strikes us..

The example we talked about during the seminar was an art piece by the painter Caspar David Friedrich. I was always amazed by the work of this brilliant man, but today I understood (a little bit more) why. The particular piece I want to talk about is Mönch am Meer. The piece mainly shows nature. Nature with the capital N. The sublime is often shown (doesn’t always have to be) in nature and the way it cannot be tamed by humanity. We feel small and fragile when facing this type of aggressiveness that can be shown by nature. The monk is so small he almost fades in the black and rough sea.

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Now, place yourself in his position. Feel the wind blowing and see the sky grow darker and darker, closing in on you. Hear the rough see almost roar, so close you feel spatters of water on your head. What do you feel? Scared, intimidated? Of course! But the sublime is more then that. You also feel kind of strong. It gives you power, it inspires you! I think that the sublime shows itself in the combination of these emotions. It’s like when you see a thunderstorm. You’re actually kind of afraid, but it also puts a spell on you, it fascinates you. We are all in some way drawn to the huge and destructive character of nature.

In some kind of way I think a sublime experience happened to Lieutenant Dan in the movie Forrest Gump. Religious connotations are often made with events in nature; it would be a reflection of the power of God. Lieutenant Dan challenges God when the boat Forrest and the lieutenant use for catching shrimp finds itself in a big storm at sea. He calls it a duel between the almighty and himself as a tiny human being. Ultimately he finds peace in the storm, it changes him completely. Lieutenant Dan got rid of his anger (and in some way his fear) by surviving the storm and becomes a humble man. He finds some inner peace that maybe we all feel when facing this type of nature violence. A feeling of zen, like you absorbed the power and made it your own.

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I’m very curious if any of you who read my articles ever had a sublime feeling. Maybe through a painting, maybe you survived a tornado of some sort?! I’m very intrigued by the subject of the sublime and how it really affects someone’s life.

– Gracia Visscher

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The Dream Coat

The Dream Coat

Thank you PomPom Vintage for this amazing coat, love it!

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Marga Weimans: Rhizome collection

The world of technology is still a big inspiration for the fashion world. With Samsung as her sponsor, fashion designer Marga Weimans dived into the world of the pixels and chips. She closed the Amsterdam Fashion Week with an interesting, exciting and futuristic collection for fall/winter season 2013.

With the title ‘Body Archive’ you can’t help but expect something big. Archives bring all kinds of information together in a physical form like the Internet in cyberspace. Weimans brings these two worlds together in her collection. The models are equally human as they are a geometric square. The squares the models wear, made by acrylic boards, make me think of them as little pixels. When the dresses appear on the runway we still see the strong accent on the shoulders that make the models look square (in a good way!). The Colors are diverse: we see a lot of black and white with graphic prints but also blue, red, purple and orange.

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I’m not really pleased of all the turtlenecks on the runway, but Weimans makes up for it with the most interesting dress I’ve seen during Fashion Week. The white knee-length dress with the big shoulders and a train (which I love!). The dress has a very futuristic print on it; it almost looks like little lines you see on a chip in a computer or cellphone. The chip, although often invisible or so little you don’t notice it, plays an important role in modern society. Weimans enlarged it and make us realize we carry our whole identity with us on these chips.

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The chips and pixels are, like Weimans shows with her collection, all little pieces in a big united world. We are all over the place, but connected to each other with modern technology. I can link this collection and my interpretation of it to the philosopher Deleuze and the term rhizome. Rhizome is a term for our modern society where all kinds of information is shared and produced in a non-hierarchical way. We all have our personal little stories and lives we share with each other. There is no big story that rules, we all contribute: we are all little spots with no beginning and no end.

Over all the collection reflects the way our modern society works these days. But aside from the story, the couture pieces are an interesting co-operation between industrial design and fashion, architecture and even geometry. The squares are interesting, shiny and represent so much. Weimans closed Amsterdam Fashion Week with a very inspiring enter button.

Gracia Visscher

Photo’s: Team Peter Stigter AFW

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Styling Time

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Chalk colored hair with the pink suit from H&M. Pop!

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New kid in town

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19 year old photographer Taylor Marie McCormick. I’m a fan!

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Amsterdam Fashion Week Day 1

Amsterdam Fashion Week day 1

  Future fashion designers steal the show

 The opening of the AFW belonged to the underdog, the no named (not yet), the voice of a new generation of designers. Students from Amsterdam Fashion Institute and ArtEZ Arnhem showed their skill and knowledge about the zeitgeist in some great pieces with a diversity of materials, colors and shapes. It’s all about dreaming and surviving for a better future, with a little bit of romance thrown in.

 Students from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute kicked off with their iNDiViDUALS fashion show. The colors were very dark: a lot of black mixed with greens and purples. Long jackets and raincoats dominated the catwalk in different materials like leather en wool. Although I’m a very colorful person and need at least one item in pink within every outfit, I totally got the collection and it’s seriousness. With the amazing long boots it’s almost like preparing for reality: you know it’s going to be unpleasant for a while but you have the energy and longing to make it better. No more sopping around, we have some work to do! The clothes and shoes have a very functional purpose within this message.

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Beside the beautiful colors of the clothes and shoes, it were the accessories that made the show even more interesting. The headpieces functioned (I think) like some sort of protection gear: a tool to protect the person when they’re entering the reality of what is our world today. It’s all a new form of functionality: it’s not there to be just pretty (although it was) but to function in a person’s life. The most interesting piece was the almost snake-like accessory around the neck. Not your typical romantic Peter Pan collar; instead a collar that brings the attention to the neck and is quite intimidating. To keep away the enemies maybe? Over all I’m very into the collection: let’s concur the world together!

The collection of the students from Arnhem is all about the love, baby. After all, how can we concur the world without love? It reminds me immediately of the queen of hearts from Alice in Wonderland, mostly because of the colors. Red, white, black and a very light springy green; it almost resembles a kind of irrational dreamy world. The students have made different silhouettes, from long and small to very big and short. Most of the clothes have no prints; just one color for the entire piece. This is a very refreshing and trending development we see a lot in newer collections: out with the busy prints and back to basic.

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The basic colors come together in different silhouettes en forms. The most interesting look is the dress/cape piece in white with little red triangles on it. It cuts open above the breasts and closes way down in another triangle form. I think this piece resembles the keywords behind the collection, which are love and aesthetics. I think it’s all about vulnerability: vulnerable in feeling insecure and vulnerable in feeling confident with yourself, your sexuality and the world. The collection shows a journey that brings us the warriors we saw in the iNDiViDUALS show: armed with experience. Knowing what love is and feeling comfortable with love and everything related gives you more strength to face the real world and make it the best we can think of. It is a mix between rational thinking and irrational feelings that makes these collections the perfect balance.

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– Gracia Visscher

www.vogue.nl

www.amsterdamfashionweek.com

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Role of Nature in Pop Music

Look and think about it! Will write an article about it soon!

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