H&M Design Award Winner

Minju Kim, a South Korean fashion student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, is the winner of this year’s H&M Design Award Winner.

The judges, including designer Jonathan Saunders, fashion critic Tim Blanks and creative advisor for H&M Margareta van den Bosch, selected her as the winner out of a pool of entrants invited from fashion schools all over Europe.

MinuKim“I like it to be colourful,” she explained about her collection, which stood out because of her vibrant use of contrast. “There’s a lot of high-shine fabrics and bright pastels, but I used a strong silhouette as well. Oversized shoulder pads and cocoon sleeves brought contrast to the lighter palette.”

I love her pastels with an attitude, so I’m looking forward which pieces H&M will put available in select stores & online later this year!

Maxima, Royal Style Queen

She is not officially our queen yet, but she has been our style queen for years. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, born and raised in Buenos Aires, will soon become the most beautiful queen in the world. She is a classic beauty with an amazingly charming smile and she has a perfect sense of fashion and style (with a soft spot for statement jewellery).

But besides the fact that she is nice to look at, she also has an enormous warm heart and is a true humanitarian mainly focusing on minority groups of our society. She is a UN special advocate supporting the micro-credit project and she is one of the few royals in the world to be an open supporter of gay rights.

I’m looking forward to April 30 when she will take on the role of Queen of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Fashion Week

I went to the Amsterdam Fashion Week today to help out some upcoming designer talent. Shani Van Breukelen debuted at AFW. She’s a young New York based designer, with Dutch roots. Her silhouettes were feminine but tough at the same time. Fully on trend with the dark romance wave a lot of designers are on. Together with her, another young talent hit the catwalk: Dorhout Mees. She launched her own brand in 2010, after having worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Bruuns Bazaar. Her creations were very stylish and chic, working with contrasts of soft fabrics in combination with hard metal accessories.
I wish both of them lots of success!


Fairytale and Controversy at the Chanel Couture Show

While France is in strong debate around legalising same-sex marriage, Karl Lagerfeld decided to send 2 brides to the catwalk as the finale of the Chanel Couture show earlier this week in Paris. That was his way of endorsing the marriage equality law in France. Lagerfeld said afterwards that he doesn’t understand the debate. And I honestly don’t either. But then again, the catholics also describe marriage as an “institution”…

The new faces

A new year, a new season, a new collection calls for some new campaign faces.
NewFaces2013 Vanessa Paradis for H&M – Stephanie Seymour for Jason Wu
Katie Holmes for Bobbi Brown – Lenny Kravitz for Eleven Paris
Miranda Kerr for Mango – Penelope Cruz for Loewe

Some of these “endorsements” make more sense than others. My personal favourite would be Vanessa Paradis supporting the Conscious Collection for H&M. Check out this teaser.

And luckily some things don’t need to change: David Beckham for H&M Bodywear.