woensdag 29 juni 2016


design by Jivika Biervliet | eyewear by Peter Hsieh | photo by Kevin Daniel Croes
Jivika Biervliet is a menswear designer based in Arnhem. In 2010 she graduated from the HKU in Utrecht. In 2012 she started as an independent designer her self titled brand JIVIKA BIERVLiET.
Besides designing menswear she also started with designing kidswear and collaborating with dancers. Her strong preference for menswear arose from the feeling that menswear have more rules. Jivika Biervliet searches for existing borders in order to exceed them. Characteristic for her designs are the materials, the clean lines and also the playfulness within the collections. The pieces are conceptual, experimental and wearable at the same time.

Jivika will collaborate with jewelry designer Peter Hsieh for her new collection, shown on Friday July 1 during Show 2 21:00, get your tickets here. You can also see Jivika Biervliet's work during FASHIONCLASH Festival at the Heritage Exhibition (July 1 + 2 at SAMdecorfabriek)

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? How long have you been designing clothing? 
It actually happened very accidentally. When I was 18 I subscribed for an art contest and chose to design a fashion collection while I had never designed anything. So I just did it and teached myself really quickly how to sew, and then I won (it was a really bad collection). After that I did and entrance exam at the HKU and in 2010 I graduated in the course Fashion Communication. Right after that I started to focus on menswear.

NELE Maroquinerie at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Belgian designer Nele Huysmans is proficient in maroquinerie, a learning process that is still ongoing. At the age of 14 she decided to follow her dreams and study fashion and design.
Following she studied at KASK in Ghent, where her interest for design grew. Nele's love for fashion and leather will always be infinite and that's why she started her own label called NELE Maroquinerie.

You can see and buy Nele Huysmans' work at the Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? 
The fascination for fashion is in my blood, at the age of 14 I chose to go that way in school as well and went toward studying Fashion and Creation. My creative en technical skills were encourage more so after Secondary school I therefore chose the Fashion Academy of Ghent. However after two years I decided to specialize in leather processing, focusing on handbags. And am since this year studying shoe design at SASK academy in Sint-Niklaas.

dinsdag 28 juni 2016


Meet Karmen Samson, born and raised in a small village called Wilnis. She studied fashion branding at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, where she will graduate in June. Her passions are photography and film, mostly within the context of fashion.

You can see Karmen Samson’s work at the Heritage Exhibition. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

What are your main achievements in your career at this moment? 
One of my main achievements was completing my internship at Iris van Herpen. The creations of Iris van Herpen have always been an inspiration to me. To work there was truly a once in a life time expe-rience. Another big achievement for me was when I created my first fashion film called AETHER. A project where I creatively totally went my own way.

In what projects are you involved at this moment? 
Currently I’m working on my branding graduation project. This is a retail design project for the Dutch brand First of August.

8CUFF at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Seoul born, and Hong Kong based designer Sue Suh is combining all of it in her menswear brand 8CUFF. She graduated from Raffles Hong Kong in 2014. She designs sport-lux streetwear, and her collections are inspired by social issues. Sue Suh is described as a true entrepreneur and design innovator in the fashion industry

8CUFF will present her new collection at FASHIONCLASH Festival on Saturday July 2 Show 3 19:00. You can get your tickets here.

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer?  
Two years ago, when I realised that I can communicate through the collection.

What are your main achievements in your career at this moment? 
I used to run a bar and a cafe before studying fashion.

How would you define fashion? 

Who are your artistic influences or inspirations and why? 
Everyone around me or I encounter, the fact that individual have different idea and perspective inspires me in all kinds of way.

Finding your own voice is difficult, where and how do you find your personal creativity (before you start designing; during the design process)? 
I think I am still learning that, I try to think of an object from what I have seen (movie, book, news anything!! ) and reflect myself as well as the world that I'm living in and infuse and justify my opinion on it.

What challenges did you face during the design process? 
Literally having no idea when you really need to activate your brain.

Can you tell us something about the project you will present at the FASHIONCLASH Festival? 
The collection's title is Surreal Obsession, which is visioning about uncertainty, anxiety, false desire and obsession.

What does your collection try to communicate (what is it about)? 
Our loop of being anxious about something we desire and we follow the path with shit loads of questions which is normal to be, its the human nature because the world we live in is fucked up, and it will never change.

Describe yourself in three words. 

Vegan, vegetarian, healthy diet or any food will do? 
‘Food’ will do.

What is your bad habit? 
Recently Im playing my childhood games, cs…

Are you a people's person or a loner? 

Do you have a pet? 

What’s your favourite city? 
Barcelona, Berlin, Hong Kong.

What/Who do you miss the most when you are not at home? 
iMac and my husband

MC FOOL by Malou Fool at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

FASHIONCLASH Festival 2014
Malou Fool is not a new name at FASHIONCLASH Festival, she presented her collections on the catwalk in previous editions.
This year you can buy her designs at the Designer Market.

Mallow graduated at the Willem de Kooning Academie in 2011, after an Internship at Jeroen van Tuyl. Her collection was published in the newspaper NRC Next with the subtitle "Designers for the Future". Malou decided to use her vision on menswear to start a label of her own: MC FOOL by Malou Fool. The label presents a modern menswear label and redefines the male wardrobe from the classic clothes.

You can see and buy Malou Fool's work at the Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? 
Since the age of 5 years old I have something with soft and colorful cloth. Until the age of 10 I was always touching a soft synthetic scarf in my hand when I was sucking my thumb. Maybe that is the reason where my sense of cloth comes from. It even went so far that there were holes falling in my scarf. Then my mother had to buy me a new one otherwise I didn’t sleep. I was also a very creative child, always busy with painting and drawing. I followed drawing lessons and I have combined my secondary school period with lessons at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. After my secondary school I went to the Willem de Kooning Academy to study Fashion.

What are your main achievements in your career at this moment? 
Two years ago I have won the FASHIONCLASH Shoe Design Challenge powered by Invito. The price of the challenge was quite amazing. The menswear shoe collection I had designed was taken into production by Invito.

FASHIONCLASH Festival 2014
How would you define fashion? 
Fashion is a way of expressing yourself.

Who are your artistic influences or inspirations and why? 
For my collections I get inspired by collected objects that give me a certain feeling. From that feeling I can make sketches for a new collection. Also inspirational for me are the people on the street. I get inspired by people who know to combine different kind of clothes or accessories together.

Finding your own voice is difficult, where and how do you find your personal creativity (before you start designing; during the design process)? 
Finding your own voice is difficult, there are so many designers all over the world. You have to express yourself /your design with a personal stamp. Like a singer that people know by his or her voice. That is the same with designs. You have to find something, like a little detail, a special color or treatment, or something else that people will notice. So they will recognize it immediately and they will say”: “Look, that is a real MCFOOL by Malou Fool”. By designing this collection of bags and accessories I have developed my personal stamp during the design process.

What challenges did you face during the design process? 
To make functional bags for men, so they can put a laptop and other kind of stuff in it. But at the same time the bags and accessories have to look classic and sportsmanlike.

Can you tell us something about the project you will present at the FASHIONCLASH Festival?
I have made timeless and classic leather bags and accessories for men. My collection of bags and accessories can be combined by every outfit. Some bags are more classic, others will be more sportsmanlike. So for every man there will be a MCFOOL by Malou Fool bag.

Why have you decided to participate at FASHIONCLASH Festival? 
In the past I have participated in FASHIONCLASH Festival 2013 and 2014. Both years I did the fashionshows. This year it is time to sell my handmade products that I have made till now. The fashionshows are more creative and crazier. This year I have decided to participate in the fashion market, to hear what people like of my designs, to talk with them and to persuade them to buy my products. Let’s say there is more interaction between the people and the designer.

What can we expect from you at the festival?
You can expect from me classical and timeless designs. There are a lot of timeless leather accessories like bags, wallets, sleeves and cases. My designs are not meant for one season. They are timeless and so durable that you can use them for several years.

What has changed/happened since your last attendance at FASHIONCLASH Festival? 
There has happened a lot. I’m still busy with building my brand. It goes slow. Every time I make a little step further in my carrier.

FASHIONCLASH Festival 2014

Describe yourself in three words. 
Creative, perfectionist and social.

What’s a standard day for you? 
Just start the day with a shower, take breakfast and after that I will just work all day long.

Are you a people's person or a loner? 
That depends of what I’m doing. In my nonworking time I ‘m a person people. I like to have friends, my family or other people around me, to go out and visit things. But in my work I’m more often a loner because then I can reach better results, I can be more focused on my designs, on drawing and making them.

What’s your favourite city?
New York by far

Are you going on holiday this year? If so, where are you going? 
Unfortunately, I am not going on holiday this year, I have to work.

What is your price range? 
My price range goes from 39, 95 – 329,00 euro.

maandag 27 juni 2016


photo by Lance Skundrich
Meet Barbara Sanchez Kane, a Mexican born fashion designer, who is specifically focused on menswear inspired by her mexican heritage. In 2010 she completed her first degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Anahuac. Five years later she graduated from her next degree in fashion design from Polimoda, Florence, after she finished her intership at German designer Bernhard Willhelm in Los Angeles. In the month June of the same year she decided to launch her brand SANCHEZ-KANE.

She will present her new collection 'Courage of the Brave' on Saturday July 2 in Show 3 during FASHIONCLASH Festival. You can buy tickets here.

When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?  
I loved to style myself even in my small town… got a couple of stares from time to time. I ended up studying engineering as it was expected form me, but it never felt quite real. Somewhere in the middle of my BA I had some health problems that just made me change 360 my standing point. Talked to my family about wanting to study fashion and they supported me only if I finished engineering, so I did! Graduated from fashion design from Polimoda in and have been designing ever since.

Maartje Janse at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Meet Dutch designer Maartje Janse, graduated in 2015 at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Maartje is mainly focused on reseach, concept, textile/print/dessin development. Currently she is based in Amsterdam.
Being part of the MOAM Collective 2016, selected for the  Mittelmoda Award and Waxman Textile Prize, Maartje is looking ahead to a very exciting year.

You can discover the work of Maartje Janse at the Heritage Exhibition at SAMdecorfabriek Juli 1 + 2. More information: here.

When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer? 
I was 12 and came to the open day of my former high school. They presented a fashion show and gave the opportunity to do textiles and fashion class for the next 5 years. I was sold! After that I did the pre-course at ArtEZ (Arnhem) and got accepted to the fashion design course.

What are your main achievements in your career at this moment? 
Being selected for the Mittelmoda Fashion Award 2016 and recently being selected for the Dorothy Waxman Textile Prize (Lidewij Edelkoort.inc, New York). It is something you dream of when you start studding and now it all happens.

In what projects are you involved at this moment? 
I am part of MOAM Collective 2016. Together with a group of 5 designers of different schools we are working on a collection that will be presented in October. We are being coached by various Dutch fashion designers and are able to produce fabrics in the Textile museum in Tilburg. During this process the Dutch television is making a documentary about the project. I am also doing some freelance work in the fashion design field.


design by Joelle Boers | photo by Karen Kikkert
Meet Dutch textile and print designer and owner of a conceptstore Joelle Boers, who has a passion for illustration and has a graphic design background. In 2011 she graduated in in Textile Design at MAFAD, the Netherlands. Two years later she started her own label; JOELLE BOERS | STUDIO. For FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016, Joelle teams up with shoe/accessoires designer Chris van den Elzen who is based in Utrecht. In December 2012 he graduated at the Identity Department of the Design Acedemy Eindhoven. Chris also has his own label: Chris van den Elzen.
Both of the designers aren't new to FASHIONCLASH Festival; they participated at various editions and events during.

You can see their new collection 'COSMOGONY' Friday July 1, Show 2 at 21:00. For the show you can get your tickets here. You will also be able to see and buy their collection at the Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? How long have you been designing clothing? 
Joelle Boers: From childhood on I was always drawing and painting or making clothes for my Barbie dolls. I realized to work in fashion during my study at MAFAD, I love to create prints and see how they come to live when you use them on different garments.

Chris van den Elzen: I realized to work in fashion during my study at the Design Academy, I love to construct pieces around the human body.

zaterdag 25 juni 2016

FASHIONCLASH x Catwalk Maastricht

On Saturday, June 25, FASHIONCLASH took the streets with Catwalk Maastricht.
Under direction of SESSIBON, models marched through the city, wearing prototypes of MAFAD academy students. Which means that you have to come to FASHIONCLASH Festival to see the finished clothes! See you in Maastricht, June 30 - July 3.
Take a look at the program.


NIXONBUI is a Copenhagen based menswear brand, founded in 2014 by 28-year-old designer Nixon Bui. His design aesthetic is a celebration of cultural fusion; merging modern classic wear in urban environments with tribal details. The designs are influenced both by the designer’s tribal heritage, and his current surroundings, a blend of the ancient tribal with the minimal Scandinavian, the old with the new. The tribal inspirations are not only reflected in the designs, but also in the values of the company; recognizing and respecting the forces of nature, advocating quality and originality.

You can see and buy Nixon Bui's work at the Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

Where are you from? Where are you based at this moment? 
Currently I reside in Copenhagen, Denmark, but I was born and raised at the northeastern tip of India. My home state is called Arunachal Pradesh, and shares borders with Bhutan, Tibet and Myanmar. The area is inhabited by around 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub tribes, yet they all live in harmony. There’s this beautiful mix of tribal diversity there. Each tribe having their distinct custom and traditions, their own languages and artistic expressions.

vrijdag 24 juni 2016

PERKA design at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

PERKA design is a new jewelry brand established in Amsterdam, by Polish jewellery designer and crafter Róza Turowska. Jewellery of PERKA design is recoginized by its modern, simple yet sophisticated design. Every handmade piece is totally unique, manufactured by using old techniques of jewellers.

You can see and buy PERKA design pieces at Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

When did you realise you wanted to be a jewellery  designer?  
I’m a jewellery designer. For all my life I was a creator. When I was a child I loved playing with LEGO or polymer clay. At first, I started making beads from clay – FIMO. Then, I had to transform my beads into jewellery. At some time, I abandoned handmade beads for ceramics, and natural stones.However making jewellery from components was not giving much creative power. I realised that in order to make my passion more professional I had start learning how to work with tools and metals. I attended some goldsmithing course in Warsaw. Now, it’s my 9th year of following the passion of crafting jewellery.

donderdag 23 juni 2016

Moda Mišić at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Meet Serbian designer Ivana Mišić (Moda Mišić) winner of Fashion Design Talent Competition at Serbia Fashion Week. Her price included participation at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016.

FASHIONCLASH teamed up with Serbian Fashion Week  with aim to support young talent by means of talent exchange. Part of the SFW programme was the FDTC for Serbian designers, the winner of the competition wins FCF participation. Ivana is following Zorica Jadranski, the winner of FTDC 2015.

You can see Moda Mišić collection ‘Phoenix-Rebirth of woman's strength' at FASHIONCLASH Festival on Saturday July 2 Show 5 22:00. You can get your tickets here.

When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer? How long have you been designing clothing? 
When I was a child, I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grow up. My mum sewed me everything I wanted and always according to my idea. Then, when time came, I started going to High school for textile and design and on my second year of study I started designing seriously and actively. Since then 10 years have past.

dinsdag 21 juni 2016

Alessandro Trincone at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

photo by Gioconda & August
Meet inspiring Italian designer Alessandro Trincone, fashion design graduate with honors at POLIMODA International Institute. His graduation collection Kings and Queens, was selected to be the best of POLIMODA’s graduation class of 2015. Following he took a scholarship at “Osaka Bunka Fashion College” in  Japan. From then on, the Japanese culture has been a huge source of inspiration for his designs, This is shown in his new collection: 'Annodami', which talks about his own experience with oppression and self fulfillment.

He will present his new collection 'Annodami' on Friday July 1 during FASHIONCLASH Festival. You can buy tickets here.

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? How long have you been designing clothing? 
I am designing clothes from 4 years and I realize that I wanted to be a fashion designer at an age of only 18. I said “ok, let’s try it” and then I understood that this way was my right way, my world, my dream and my passion.

Fashion Talk #1 by Forza Fashion House Maastricht

The first Fashion Talk of Forza Fashion House Maastricht will take place during FASHIONCLASH Festival at Centre Céramique.
BACK TO THE FUTURE zooms in on two topics: Fashion Heritage & Future of Fashion. Guest speakers such as Filep Motwary, Not Just A Label (NJAL), Janice Deul, Fashion Museum Hasselt, Modemuze, X BANK (Gijs Stork), HTNK, CLICKNL|NextFashion, and The Post-Couture Collective (Martijn van Strien) share their knowledge and experience with the audience. Focussing on subjects such as the role of cultural heritage, sustainability, inspiration, new technologies, revival of brands & techniques, social aspects, production, retail, and education.

A must-see for designers, fashion lovers and creative minds, that want to be inspired by the latest fashion know how!


WHEN? Saturday 2nd July 2016
WHERE? Centre Céramique

ONE-ON-ONE TIME: Filep Motwary
MIND COLLECTIVE: Modemuze + Fashion Museum Hasselt (Kenneth Ramaekers)
Moderator: Branko Popovic FASHIONCLASH & part of FFH Collective

13.30 - #BREAK

TIME TO PRESENT: The Post-Couture Collective (Martijn van Strien)
MIND COLLECTIVE: Not Just a Label+ X BANK (Gijs Stork)+ HTNK (Susanne Vegter)+ CLICK NL|NextFashion (Els Bugter)
Moderator: Rachid Naas
 Fashion Council NL & part of FFH Collective

More information about the speakers: http://www.forzafashionhouse.nl/#/053204149098/

maandag 20 juni 2016

VERWEVEN 2016 by Nina Willems

VERWEVEN  2016 by Nina Willems
Share the story behind your outfit!
Verweven - Trailer 2015 from Verweven on Vimeo.

Clothes are a very personal thing; we wear them directly to our naked skin, and are part of the way we show ourselves to the world.

What is the story behind the clothes YOU wear? What do they tell us about who you are, and what memories and emotions do they hold for you? In this installation, you can share your story with the rest of us!  You will be interviewed, and a short film will be made about your outfit of today and the story behind it.  Big or small, funny or sad, every story is worth sharing.
So don't be shy, don't hesitate and share!

Filming your own short film will take about 10 - 15 minutes.
Within an hour, you can see your own short film on one of the screens on the outside

Verweven is part of the Heritage exhibition at  SAMdecorfabriek
Open 1 July (18:30 — 23:00)
2 July (16:00 — 23:00)

Credits: Interviews: Nina Willems
Camera: Marijn Smulders
Editing: Derk Stenvers
Design: Vincent Willems
With special thanks to: Via Zuid Maastricht

Alya Hessy at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

photo by Marte van Haaster
Visual artist Alya Hessy, graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2015, operates in the world between the body and textiles. Born in Ukraine, living in the Netherlands and fascinated by Japan, Alya explores the realms of politics, philosophy and physicality through making objects, writing and performing. She seeks emptiness as a way of letting go of the pre-defined and allowing multiple interpretations.

You can see Alya Hessy's work during FASHIONCLASH Festival at the Heritage Exhibition (July 1 + 2 at SAMdecorfabriek) and Heritage Show + Talk (July 3 at Gebouw M, Tapijnkazerne).

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? 
I have always been busy with art through my life, but it became the main thing when I went to study to the Rietveld Academy, where I graduated in the summer 2015.

One, no one, 100.000 by Lotte Milder

Graduation performance "Iemand, niemand, 100.000" by Lotte Milder will be presented
on the catwalk  of FASHIONCLASH Festival (Saturday 2 July, Show 5, 22:00). -> more information.

"Iemand, niemand, 100.000 (One, no one, 100.000)" is a multi-disciplinary project consisting of a performance (on and off the catwalk), a photo series and a short film. The première of the performance will be at the FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016.
The performance, inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s book, is about observing and judging the other(s). The performer searches, and comes to realise that she is not a single person, but numerous people in the consciousness of those around her.
‘’Seeing things with eyes that could not have known how they were being seen by others. Talking and understanding one another. Everybody assumed it to be true in their own way and claimed the concept to somehow, every day and in any way, give their life substance." Luigi Pirandello (1867 - 1936).

A performance by Lotte Milder
Directed by Sophie Mantel
Performed by Lotte Milder
Video projections by Karlijn Milder
Photo by Karlijn Milder
Costume design by Lotte Milder
Costume made by Miralda Nijst-Reinartz

Lotte Milder is supporterd by VIA ZUID. www.viazuid.com

zondag 19 juni 2016

Haute à Porter at Modemuseum Hasselt

Fashion Museum Hasselt presents the must-see ‘Haute-à-Porter’, curated by the internationally acclaimed costume designer, journalist and photographer Filep Motwary.  “Haute-à-Porter,” is a wonderous journey through the beautiful relationship between haute couture and and ready-to-wear.

Forza Fashion House Fashion Talks
During FASHIONCLASH Festival we have the honor to welcome Filep Motwary as one of the speakers in one of the Fashion House Maastricht Fashion Talks on July 2nd. Kenneth Ramaekers, the director of the museum will also join the panel discussion of the Heritage Fashion Talk.

-> Fashion Talks will take place at Centre Céramique in Maastricht.
#Heritage: 12.00 – 13.30 #Future: 15.00 – 16.30

Special Offer!
You can visit the exhibition until 11th of September 2016.
Make sure you keep your FASHIONCLASH Festival fashion show ticket, because by showing the ticket the museum will provide you free entrance!

Haute couture is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But aren’t these typical features of contemporary prêt-à-porter? The exhibition examines this question further and researches the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready to wear.
Through a variety of themes and a selection of spectacular silhouettes and accessories from high end designers and fashion houses, the exhibition highlights the significance of haute couture for contemporary fashion. Completed with photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers a unique insight into the fashion industry of the last 30 years.


Some impressions from the the exhibition. 
Photography Branko Popovic

Odio x Pieczarkowski at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Odio x Jakub Pieczarkowski are not a new name on the FASHIONCLASH Festival schedule. In April, during FashionPhilosophy Fashion Week Poland they organized a fashion presentation on their own. Although not on the official schedule in Lodz, their performance-like presentation was one of the highlights of that weekend.
The talented duo from Poland will present their latest collection July 2 (Show 4 at 20:30).  More information about the program and tickets: here.


zaterdag 18 juni 2016

Elegnano footwear at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

photo: Gunther Vansteelant
Meet Belgian shoedesigner Katrien Herdewyn and her women's shoe brand Elegnano, which offers elegant, exclusive shoes made for fashionable, gracious women who are confident. Italian craft and high-tech innovations are being combined into unique designs creating luxury and sustainability.

In 2010 she graduated in civil engeneering at KU in Leuven and in 2014 she graduated in footwear design at Academy of Fine Arts Sint-Niklaas. Because of the two completely different educations, she has a very wide spectrum of interests and set of skills.

You can see and buy Katrien Herdewyn's work at the Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? How long have you been designing shoes? 
As long as I can remember I was obsessed with shoes. For some time, I designed and made clothes, because it making shoes without the right machinery is very difficult. Only at the age of 23 I shifted back from clothes to shoes.

BFW Design Collective at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

'New spirit of Heritage / Savremen život kulturnog nasleđa' exhibition at Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade open from 13th of June until 19th of June.

BFW Design Collective at FASHIONCLASH Festival - Heritage Exhibition, July 1 + 2 at SAMdecorfabriek Maastricht.

BFW Design Collective will present a unique blend of traditional Slavic elements created by Serbian designers such Tamara Radivojevic, Jelena & Svetlana Prokovic, Evica Milovanov Penezic and Ana Ljubinkovic.
BFW DESIGN COLLECTIVE as an association gathers professionals from the domain of fashion
has created a network that connects more than 80 independent Serbian designers.
The association was officially founded under the aegis of Belgrade Fashion Week 2 years ago. But generally we cooperate with Serbian designers in this way for 20 years now. The Belgrade Fashion Week puts an emphasis on linking the local fashion scene with the nearby markets and leading world fashion centers.

Describe yourself in three words. 
Designers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

What are your main achievements so far? 
We are searching for relevant partners, projects and possibilities for development and improvement of the local fashion sector.

In what projects are you involved at this moment? 
Our association is working actively on several programs at the moment: promoting Serbian designers abroad - FASHIONCLASH for starters; preparing a promotion for London Fashion Week; helping designer develop their brands in various way in the scope of numerous fashion and art projects that are scheduled for this summer; preparing various educational seminars and workshops held by various renowned fashion experts in autumn; working on the next edition of Fashion Incubator - a project intended for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students from the local fashion academies where members of our association are engaged as mentors of these talented young people; finally, involved in organising the 40th edition of Belgrade Fashion Week – a complex fashion and art project which has going on for 20 years now.

How would you define fashion? 
Fashion is an iconoclastic form of art which pushes the boundaries of human creativity, tears down various taboos and represents an everlasting source of growth, change, affluence, freedom and joy. 

What do you want to communicate with your designs in general? 
The main goal of BFW Design Collective is to support independent designers as generators of the Serbian fashion and cultural scene. Designers are facing a wide range of difficulties: inadequate business models, insufficient financial resources, the lack of institutional support, insufficient development programs...That’s why the Association tends to enable sustainability of independent fashion designers’ business and to establish the value system based on quality and originality.
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What can we expect from you at the festival? 
BFW Design Collective will be presenting a unique blend of traditional elements, distinctive Oriental and Occidental influences, modern lines and silhouettes. We truly believe that differences can be blended in a powerful and stimulating manner, not just produce a clash with devastating results. We also want to show that elements of our heritage are not just a never-ending source of inspiration for designers, but also a vessel for keeping heritage and traditions alive, for pondering over who we are and where we are going as individuals and a society, and for creating a new kind of legacy to be passed onto generations to come who will leave their own mark onto a magnificent ability of human being and that is: to create. We truly believe that FASHIONCLASH FESTIVAL enables designers and artists to learn from and about each other, to broaden their horizons, to take an active part in their society and to stimulate others to do the same. Therefore, we are coming with a lot of positive energy, a huge smile and an open mind to join FASHIONCLASH community and give our fair share of contribution to this festivity.

Can you tell us something about your heritage? 
In short, our heritage could be described as a pulsating confluence of contrasts: the East and the West, the urban and rural, the individual and the universal etc.

How is the theme Heritage related to your work (can be also preferred to previous work)? 
We strongly believe in the idea of heritage as a base of contemporary creativity.

Ana Ljubinković "Cloudwalker" Collection S/S 2016
Marina Krtinic {Fox Models} by Milos Nadazdin 
(How) do you reflect your personal heritage into your design(s)? 
Every individual creator has her/his own way... Our goal is to get to know these ways and to present them to the public. Eventually, by spreading the word about Serbian contemporary fashion, we will be telling a tale about our heritage, colourful customs, creative ideas and aesthetical views and many things more, because fashion is a means of cultural exchange – one of the best!

If you could trade your heritage, for what would you trade it? 
It goes without saying that heritage, among other things, unquestionably shapes an individual’s entire being in so many tangible and intangible ways. However, we feel that the focus should not be on what we would do with our heritage, but on what kind of heritage we shall be leaving to generations to come.


donderdag 16 juni 2016

Klu by Edyta Jermacz at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

photo by Lukasz Zylka
Polish designer Edyta Jermacz is a graduate of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Poznań. In 2012 she established Klu by Edyta Jermacz, a unisex streetwear fashion brand focussing on unexpectable combinations of prints and patterns. The new collection ‘Flawless 3D’ is inspired by plastic surgeries and never ending obsession with perfection.

You can see and buy Klu by Edyta´s work at Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer?  
I realised it when I was 6 years old after I found out that I couldn´t be a ballet dancer.

What are your main achievements in your career at this moment? 
I would like to develop my fashion idea´s beyond the Polish borders.

How would you define fashion? 
Fashion is a strong tool to create a persona.

woensdag 15 juni 2016

Noora Pajari at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

photo by Jussi Nahkuri
Finnish fashion designer Noora Pajari is specialised in womenswear and print design. At the moment she is based in Helsinki, but she plans to move to Amsterdam in the fall.

In 2015 she graduated from BA in fashion design from Lahti Institute of Design. She did her exchange at the Swedish School of Textiles which was a luminous experience for her finding her strengths and personality as a designer.

She will present her new collection 'Printophrenia' on Friday July 1 during FASHIONCLASH Festival. You can buy tickets here.

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? 
I've been into arts and crafts ever since I was a child. During my teenage years I found the interest of clothing as well as sewing and they became an important part of me. During that time I realised that art and clothes are something I want to combine and built my career around them.

How would you define fashion? 
It's an enormous aggregate of creativity that contains passion, beauty and brutality.

dinsdag 14 juni 2016

Natalie Dawson at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Meet Natalie Dawson, an in Manchester based fashion designer, who originally is from Dallas, USA. She graduated from Cardonald College with a HND in fashion design and manufacture in 2011 and in 2014 she graduated from the  Manchester School of Art with a  honours BA in fashion design. She gained experience at Linder Sterling and the film 'God Help The Girl' and during her internships at Bebaroque and Meadham Kirchoff.

You can see Natalie Dawson’s work during FASHIONCLASH Festival at the Heritage Exhibition (July 1 + 2 at SAMdecorfabriek) and Heritage Show + Talk (July 3 at Gebouw M, Tapijnkazerne).

Q&A with Natalie Dawson

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? 
I came to fashion late in life. I originally came from a curating /fine art photography background but when I was 24 I took a dressmaking class then enrolled in a fashion design course. I haven't looked back after that.

What are your main achievements in your career at this moment? 
Showcasing my work at the House of Parliament in London and at a showcase in Ningbo China. Fashion has taken me to places I would have never thought I would ever get to.

maandag 13 juni 2016

The Neon Demon - Film première during FASHIONCLASH Festival

The Neon Demon film première at Lumière Cinema Maastricht during FASHIONCLASH Festival, 3 July, 20:45

Nicolas Winding Refn, France, USA, Denmark 2016, 110 min., English language, Dutch subtitles. Cast: Elle Fanning, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone
The new baroque horror thriller by Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE, ONLY GOD FORGIVES) is set in the Los Angeles fashion world. When aspiring model Jesse moves to L.A., her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.
Jesse arrives in the City of Angels just after her sixteenth birthday with dreams of catwalk stardom. Her competitors hate Jesse, because she has ‘it’: that special indefinable quality that the whole fashion world wants. Jesse has the makings of a star, but her pristine beauty attracts portents of violence. Nicolas Winding Refn again shows an abundance of visual style in his new film, that has clearly been influenced by filmmakers such as David Cronenberg, Italian horror grandmaster Dario Argento, Chilean surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch. It’s a divisive filmn that will leave you with only two options: howl or cheer. And Refn clearly would not want it any other way.

Sun July 3, 8.45pm
Lumiere Cinema, Bogaardenstraat 40b.
Entrance: 6 euro

Bluedenîmes & Minou Lejeune at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

photo by Tyson Ernste
Denimhead Dusty Thomas is a 23-year-old Maastricht-based menswear designer who originally comes from Landgraaf. Her MAFAD graduation collection 'Bluedenîmes' served as a therapy for her, it took away all her insecurities. She loves to create signatures pockets for all her designs.

For FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016, Dusty teams up again with props/accessories designer Minou Lejeune.
You can see their new collection Friday night, Show 1 at 19:30. You can get your tickets here.

Q&A with Dusty Thomas

When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? 
I realized it as a child; I was always drawing clothes. I have been designing clothing since the second year of my study at the MAFAD, Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. So that’s 5 years in total now.

What are your main achievements in your career at this moment? 
My main achievement is to gain more experience and expand my portfolio. Also I want to make my menswear label Bluedenîmes more well-known. I hope one day I could make a living out of my label and/or I hope to have a nice job as a designer at a denim label in Amsterdam.

vrijdag 10 juni 2016

Heritage Show + Talk - FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

The Heritage Show is a special presentation in line with the theme Heritage directed by Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck. This collective show is composed with collections of designers who’s work expresses the theme of Heritage. Following the performance there is a Fashion Talk with the audience and the designers.

"heritage is a big word.
with heavy and emotional meaning.

heritage is about cherishing the past,
about being aware of the now,
about what might happen and what you might pass on in the future.

together with designers from all over the world i will try to,

collectively, with all that is happend before, 
collectively, on a sunny sunday afternoon,
collectively, try to leave an echo behind.

i know,
big words."

because i am worth it - Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck
Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck will take us around the world through the work of Aine Katrina Byrne, Hana Frisonsova (Czech Republic), Laetitia Lemaire (France), Juliëtte Heijnen (Netherlands), Uta Bekaia (USA/Georgia), Muslin Brothers (Israel), Natalie Dawson (UK), Pavlína Miklasová (Czech Republic), PETITEÉ (Czech Republic) and Exploring Inspirations project designers who explored Serbian old crafts techniques.

DYS|UTOPIA by oh seven two

oh seven two is a collaborative project by seven fashion and two textile students from Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (MAFAD). You can see the presentation during FASHIONCLASH  Festival at Marres, House for Contemporary Culture. On Friday 1 July there will be a performance at 15:00.

"Within DYS|UTOPIA, our collective collection, we want to give a glimpse of how the future could look like in some decades. Our hopes and worries concerning humanity today, will they fulfill? Will people live longer? Will war zones increase? Will we all be refugees or will we have learnt to live in peace? Our acting today has an impact on the future. That’s what we are sure about. The decisions we take now will leave marks on our progeny. They are the heirs of our future and it depends on us, wether they will live in a pleasant or a nasty world. Through our collection we point out two fictive scenarios: utopia and dystopia. We would like to take you on a trip from one world to the other. The space that connects both sides is the in-between zone or chaos zone, where colours and shapes slowly blend. By the combination of fashion and textile design the showplace will be turned into a unique illusionary realm of experience."
DYS|UTOPIA - Oh Seven Two - Teaser from ohseven on Vimeo.

Participants: Valéry Fiddelaars, Johanna Hehemeyer- Cürten, Helen Hentschke, Jara Marx, Luisa Sugaipov, Tjorven Volkenborn, Lise van Wetten, Tamara Verbruggen, Linda Senden


30.06 – 03.07
Marres, House for Contemporary Culture
30 June: 17:00 – 20:00
1 July: 15:00 – 20:00 *performance at 15:00 
2 July: 12:00 – 20:00
3 July: 12:00 – 20:00
Location: Kapucijnenstraat 98

New DS 3 – Driven by Style (feat. Iris Apfel)

FASHIONCLASH teams up with DS Automobiles 
 DS: a brand new French luxury brand with heritage… A French brand born in Paris, DS was officially founded on 1 June 2014. Its stated ambition is to revive the tradition of premium vehicles in the French automotive industry. Drawing on the very best of French know-how, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955. Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS range now comprises the New DS 3, New DS 3 Cabrio, New DS 4 and DS 4 Crossback and last but not least New DS 5 that you will see the 2016 edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival. The DS range stands out with exceptional styling, sensations and refinement down to the last detail, together with premium materials and advanced technology.

DS 3 brand ambassador fashion icon Iris Apfel

woensdag 8 juni 2016

Naomi Rachèl Timan at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Naomi Rachèl Timan is a Dutch designer, who is fascinated by; textiles, colours and shapes. With her work she loves to create sustainable alternatives. At FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016 she will showcase her “I was a ….” collection made from recycled leather, with huge pride. She graduated from BA in Fashion Design at HKU The University of the Arts Utrecht.

You can see and buy Naomi Rachèl Timan's work at Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

What challenges did you face during the design process? 
Because it depends on what kind of recycled leather I find or get from people, (think of what size, colour, suede or flat leather) I never know for sure what my newest collection will be like. This makes it more fun to me, as every collection will never be exactly the same.

What do you want to communicate with your designs in general? 
My designs can be defined as minimalistic. Because of the story behind the material, the shape can’t distract too much. Every design has no lining, so you can see the total beauty of the leather when opening a bag.

dinsdag 7 juni 2016

Emilie Thirion at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Belgian menswear designer Emilie 
Thirion graduated with
honours in Fashion
Design from HELMo in Liège. She gained experiences during her internship at PANTHEONE in Paris. Her designs are handmade by herself, from the sketch until the the final product.

She will present her new collection 'Big Boy Lost in the big City Life' on Friday July 1 during FASHIONCLASH Festival. You can buy tickets here.

When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer? How long have you been designing clothing? 
Very late actually, only a few days before I entered my fashion school. Before that, I enter an architecture and engineering school which I had prepared for and dreamt of since I was 6 years old. Finally I found out this wasn’t my life at all. I was looking for something more human, more creative, more authentic. I remember saying to myself “You have always wanted to be an architect-engineer and it’s a real disaster, why not trying something completely different and very surprising? Maybe that is the key to happiness : a spontaneous and adventurous life.” Two days after, I started my fashion courses, and it was the perfect match! Now it’s been 4 years since I started making fashion design, and it’s my life.

maandag 6 juni 2016

Kukka by Laura Luchtman at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

Meet Laura Luchtman, she is a textile and surface designer with a main focus on fashion. In 2008 she started her career in fashion as an in-house designer, developing intimate apparel collections. Two years later, she established her design studio Kukka out of love for prints and patterns. She works freelance and on commission with wholesalers, retailers and independent brands both independent and through agents.

You can see and buy Laura Luchtman´s work at Designer Market. Friday July 1 open at 18:30 and Saturday July 2 open at 16:00 (free entrance).

Where are you from? Where are you based at this moment? 
I was born and raised in Heerlen, Limburg. I live and work in Rotterdam for quite some time now. My studio is located in the Historical Delfshaven part of Rotterdam in what used to be an orphanage. The building is filled with creative entrepreneurs. It's an inspiring community to be part of.

In what projects are you involved at this moment? 
At the moment I’m designing swimwear and accessories prints for S/S 2017 for several clients and I recently started a new collaboration with Hunt + Gather print studio in the US.

M.A.C Cosmetics at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016

M.A.C Cosmetics and FASHIONCLASH relationship dates back to 2009. Ever since, each edition of FASHIONCLASH Festival the M.A.C Cosmetics team created makeup looks for the fashion shows providing stunning beauty looks for the models and collections for the emerging designers.

Here you have a short impression of M.A.C Cosmetics team at work last year. Are you curious what the makeup looks will be this year, come to FASHIONCLASH Festival from June 30 - July 3 in Maastricht.

Check out their website for exquisite styles and products.

All images by Team Peter Stigter

zaterdag 4 juni 2016


Het project LET’S (AD)DRESS THE PEOPLE is deze week gestart met eerste workshops in Centre Céramique.

De gehele maand juni en gedurende FASHIONCLASH Festival vinden er in Centre Céramique gratis ambachtsworkshops plaats. Elke week geven textieldesigners Floor Nijdeken, Jolijn Fiddelaers (IXX Creates), Maartje Boer en Suzanne Vaessen (STRIKKS) in samenwerking met ervaren ambachtsbuddy’s per ambacht twee workshops en creëren zo samen met de 55+ deelnemers unieke textielcreaties.

Lijkt het je leuk om mee te doen? Neem dan gerust een kijkje in Centre Céramique en doe mee.
Deelname is gratis.
 Jolijn Fiddelaers (IXX Creates)
photo Karen Kikkert

XL vlechtwerk workshop 
⋅ Wo 1 juni – Borduren
⋅ Do 2 juni – XL vlechtwerk + breien + borduren
⋅ Vr 3 juni – XL vlechtwerk + breien
⋅ Wo 8 juni – Borduren
⋅ Do 9 juni – XL vlechtwerk + breien + borduren
⋅ Vr 10 juni – XL vlechtwerk + breien
⋅ Wo 15 juni – Borduren
⋅ Do 16 juni – Breien + borduren
⋅ Za 18 juni – Breien
⋅ Wo 22 juni – Breien + borduren
⋅ Do 23 juni – XL vlechtwerk + breien + borduren
⋅ Vr 24 juni – XL vlechtwerk
⋅ Wo 29 juni – XL vlechtwerk
Tijdens FASHIONCLASH Festival ⋅ Do 30 juni t/m Zo 3 juli: XL vlechtwerk + breien + borduren

Let’s (Ad)dress The People Expo at Coffeelovers de Annex 2 juni — 3 juli
Ontdek het werk van de designers bij Coffeelovers de Annex.


Some impressions by Karen Kikkert

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