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Posted on: 26 August, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

It’s almost September, so in fashion land that means it’s time for ‘The September issue’. It is an exciting and stressful time, for those who work at one of the large fashion titles it has been a manic time – like giving birth to a whole new season of fashion. In this digital era, the September print issue is still very important, a way for magazines to present their vision and connect with their readers. Although the digital platforms surrounding the issue are also becoming more important, as we see by numerous making-of videos which tickle our appetite.

Posted on: 25 August, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

Years ago I was on holiday with friends in Manchester, walking around the fields outside of town. We were visiting a pub in the middle of the fields when a guy at the bar asked us if we were in a band. I said, “Yeah we are, The White Shoes.” And what do you know, the young girls are all of a sudden wearing monstrous big white plastic shoes. I’d always thought white shoes were for the elderly or nurses. Fashion always seems to surprise me and in the case of these white shoes, it certainly did. What can I say?

Posted on: 12 August, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

Miaauw Miaauw, it’s me, the copycat! I made a smashing gettolicious collection in all black and white with sporty text and stuff. Miaauw.

Posted on: 11 August, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

Guuurl, what are those? Those claws? Pointy fluo or glitter claws are all the rage. We’ve all seen the posts on Instagram, nails galore! Beauty trends come and go, although I can’t say for sure if you can consider these cyber-nails true beauty, but our nails are a hot topic. Usually in times of crisis, sales of red lipstick rise, like painting your lips and spending more time on your appearance might chase bad times away. After last year’s red lipstick trend, now nails get their turn.

Posted on: 10 August, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

Yes people, it’s festival season! And that’s why every mainstream fashion chain has designed a festival collection for us. Can we explain this as an ultimate service to their customers? Or a devious scheme to make them spend more money? Where people once used to wear their old clothes, festivals have become a part of mainstream culture, and are a place to dress up and show yourself. If you Google festival fashion, you get thousands of images of people all looking the same.

Posted on: 21 July, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

Hot or not? Hit or miss? Do or don’t?

Posted on: 15 July, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

I was at a party recently, and I OD’ed on stripes, navy stripes to be exact. And the dress code wasn’t even nautical. Everybody is always ranting about celebrities wearing the same dress, but imagine going to a party and eight people are wearing the same thing as you. Of course people tend to wear the same random clothes on several occasions, like jeans, black suits or white shirts, but in the case of the classic French marine shirt, this does not go unnoticed. What would this wearer have thought at this moment?

Posted on: 7 July, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

Twice a year during Amsterdam Fashion Week, my bestie wanna-be-a-star and I host the bi-annual ‘Anti Fashion Party’. This might sound odd as I’m a fashion designer myself. Well, it’s not. For us anti-fashion is all about originality, creation and individuality.

Posted on: 1 July, 2014 - 11:45 - Posted in: column

Oh my, oh my… what are you wearing? Everybody in fashion is looking all kinds of fly wearing their bathing slippers and white sporting socks; even Prada’s collection referenced this trend with embellished plastic sandals worn with knee-high socks. What strikes me is that if your father wore something like that, you’d probably think that look sucks big time. Which it maybe does. It’s quite remarkable how we perceive clothing and the meaning it’s given by the wearer. How something considered ‘not done’ can be embraced by the fashion community.

Posted on: 1 July, 2014 - 10:28 - Posted in: events

Bas Kosters vintage and fashion at  not just a shop.

Posted on: 25 June, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

Although Coco Chanel revolutionised fashion with affordable jersey clothing and costume jewellery, I wonder if she could have ever imagined the strength of her creations and brand. It seems like you can buy a Chanel T-shirt in every boutique, and what I find odd is that these are not real. I’ve even seen a stencil on the Internet with which you can spray your own Chanel shirt. It seems to me like a big contradiction that you would want to wear a shirt with the Chanel logo but not for it to be real; to tap into the world of Chanel, but not acknowledge it as such.

Posted on: 16 June, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column
Trendy Words by Bas Kosters

Ooooh, don’t you just hate the word 'trendy'? It's the least trendy word around, so old-fashioned. And we can’t say 'yolo' anymore either, or can we? It's rather funny now, because it's not trendy anymore. In this digital world, trends spread like diseases though the Internet. One day everybody says 'yolo', the next it’s 'cray cray'. Everybody in Holland says 'yass' right now, and I really don’t know why, it's kind of cute though. Wonder what we will be saying next month...

Bye Bye.

Posted on: 9 June, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column

This is a portrait of one of my dolls – you might know I'm also a  doll maker. I made her with a selection of antique lace, which gave new life to these pieces of fabric. Although the sentence 'Always In Style' is kind of awful, there's a certain truth, maybe even hope to it. Classic styles and materials that have proven their value can be inspiring because, in this world of mass production, it's good to treasure clothing and materials, and wear them often or re-use them, simply because there's already so much in this world.

Posted on: 3 June, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column
Hairy Sausage by Bas Kosters

Mamma Mia, I've had it with all those bearded guys! This facial hair trend has really taken over, and it's got a bit too much for my liking. You see a beard on every corner of the street. It's time for a new era in facial appearance – maybe a baby face with some nice blush?

One good thing to come out of it though is the acceptance for bearded women as our beloved Conchita Wurst proved when she won the Eurovision song contest. Finally, the bearded lady came out of the circus and into the spotlights. Hurray!


Posted on: 27 May, 2014 - 23:00 - Posted in: column
Bas Kosters Frida Kahlo Complex

In Holland 40-plus women sometimes seem to be suffering from a Frida Kahlo complex – they want to embody her artistry and strength by putting flowers in their hair.In magazines we've recently also seen a lot of Kahlo references, especially on bearded men. I hope these bearded men felt empowered by it. I'm glad though that we have role models to inspire us; true style and attitude inspirers.

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