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Loving the Lichting

When you graduated from university, did you have that moment when you said, ‘Now what?’ I know I did. For many students the gap between what they learned in school and what they needed to do to get a nice job, was confusing and at times overwhelming, particularly for those who studied anything remotely creative. In 2007, Lichting was founded to bridge the gap between students with the fashion industry. Each year they pick the best graduates from the 7 Dutch fashion academies and hosts a fashion show with people in the industry in attendance and an award of €10,000 and a trip to New York Fashion Week to help G-Star Raw with their denim couture show. Among the panel of judges were Susie Bubble, Garance Dore, Lucas Ossendrijver and Wendy Dagworthy.

This year 14 designers were selected for the show, and each of them was completely unique from each other. The show itself I felt to be a bit more substantial than your average runway show, as the 14 designers each had their collections, which ranged from grungy to eloquent, inspirations ranged from financial crises, to royalty, to window crystals. There were a few designers who really stood out, but most of them had that one piece that made your mind sparkle a little bit. I was really surprised how differently the clothes presented themselves in real life, some collections I thought were interesting in pictures and in theory like Aida Sarancini who designed a collection based on dreams, on the runway the unfinished edges appeared messy. While Ratna Yo’s collection appeared to be something I might have seen someplace before on the web, in real life the pleating and sculptural quality of the pieces were crisp and well formed. There was the Jordan de Kok collection, an androgynous take on the suit, I absolutely did not like it when I first saw it, but a few days later, I’m obsessing over the misplaced collars and half trousers. And as much as I loved, loved, loved Erna Einarsdottir’s work, before the show, something got lost on the runway, as her handmade textiles are really something I’d like to see close up, and have some time to really take it in, though, after the show, many people raved about her collection, I had a feeling they also wanted to see more.

The winner, Ann Boogaerts (shown top image)  created a collection inspired on the young Fabiola, a Belgian queen from the 1950’s. The dress were crisp, dramatic and boldly colored, with an exaggerated, yet elegant silhouette. To be honest, I was surprised she won, as of all the collections hers, seemed the most conservative, but she had the most interesting back story, and she conveyed it the best. Of course we love our queens… so how could she not win? I was also intrigued by the fact that the high waisted, exaggerated silhouette was also a strong theme with Designer for Tomorrow winner, Sam Frenzel, another designer who had also taken the more classic with a twist route rather than the science fiction/rocker chic. Perhaps this is a cue that the fascination with spikes and neo-gothic androids are fading for something playful, yet a bit more real (for those of us who aren’t badasses).

Last but not least, as part of the show, but not… I was really delighted to finally meet Susie Bubble for the first time after reading her blog practically every day since 2006. Of course I was gushing like a school girl, but when have ever been able to keep my cool? That’s right, never.

Here’s a slide show for you, because there’s a lot to see here!

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17 comments for “Loving the Lichting”

  1. [...] Read more:  Loving the Lichting [...]

    Posted by Loving the Lichting | July 27, 2009, 7:11 am
  2. Beautiful pictures!
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    Posted by Fashiongrail | July 27, 2009, 8:48 am
  3. cool! those ensembles from the last picture remind me of Comme’s Lumps and Bumps collection
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    Posted by Lucy | July 27, 2009, 9:08 am
  4. Awww! It was so great to finally meet you… I’m sorry it was so brief! I hope we see each other soon!
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    Posted by susie_bubble | July 27, 2009, 9:49 am
  5. Oh wow, she definitely deserved to win, her work looks (and sounds) absolutely stunning. And Lichting itself sounds like a wonderful idea - anything to help out new designers always helps! Hope you had a beautiful weekend :)
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    Posted by dapper kid | July 27, 2009, 10:19 am
  6. ❤fashin grail… thank you..
    ❤lucy..oh my goodness… good eye, i can totally see the coorellation!
    ❤susie! oh my goodness… well it was a whirlwind trip.. next time! :)
    ❤dapper… i really love her work too, actually most all of the designers deserved to win in some way, so yeah… and thank i hope you had a beautiful weekend too!

    Posted by jennine | July 27, 2009, 10:55 am
  7. Between you and Susie, I’m kind of sad that I didn’t get to actually see the show.
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    Posted by Alicia/InstantVintage | July 27, 2009, 10:56 am
  8. Wow! These artists are so inspiring.

    I totally agree, it took me six years to figure out a way to incorporate what I love with what I studied.
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    Posted by maria | July 27, 2009, 12:28 pm
  9. This post is so awesome! I love the video and the pictures of all the garments!
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    Posted by Sweety P | July 27, 2009, 3:31 pm
  10. All great photos - but the Susie one is excellent!
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    Posted by K-Line | July 27, 2009, 6:48 pm
  11. So cool! Thanks for introducing me to Lichting, that’s wonderful
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    Posted by tanvi | July 27, 2009, 8:09 pm
  12. What a show! The photos are great and it looks like there were some truly talented designers with some strong looks. Lichting sounds like it has an excellent program in place for young designers, so that is always a good thing.
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    Posted by ClandestineChic | July 27, 2009, 11:02 pm
  13. I love these stories! Keep making them!

    Posted by electromozzo | July 28, 2009, 2:53 am
  14. ❤alicia…oh it was a fun show for sure! next time!
    ❤maria… i’m still figuring it out!
    ❤tanvi… yeah, i didn’t really know about it until this year, but it’s amazing!
    ❤clandenstine…yes, indeed, i really like seeing designers from outside the major fashion centers, it’s always a different feel…

    Posted by jennine | July 28, 2009, 4:04 am
  15. Awesome post, darling! What talent in the house. I feel like I’m right there with you. I wish…
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    Posted by Fabulous Finds Gal | July 28, 2009, 8:41 am
  16. Oh me too, the collection was amazing!
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    Posted by eyeliah | July 28, 2009, 9:56 am
  17. [...] inspiration see Brick my Lane’s interview with Christian Joy, costume designer for Karen O, The Coveted’s review of Lichting 2009 and Our Ocean’s coverage of Vivienne Westwood’s appearance on Jonathan [...]

    Posted by Idiosyncratic Style» Blog Archive » IFB’s Links A La Mode: For a Rainy Day | July 31, 2009, 4:34 am

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