The interminably long winter seems to be receding. The sun is out and the morale is on the rise. Oh so we hope. At least, there is no shortage of good news.
At the backdrop of the Dutch government’s announcementof postponement of austerity measures and the orange wave of enthusiasm washing over the country in the countdown to the investiture of the new King, the Rijksmuseum, the national pride of the Netherlands, opened to public after more than ten years of restoration works.
Befitting the grandeur of the occasion it is Queen Beatrix (her last official engagement before stepping down) that turned the golden key to symbolically re-open the museum to the sound of fanfare and explosion of orange fireworks.
The retail landscape in The Hague is a charming store richer. Sjaak Hullekes menswear is now officially open in Denneweg. What started as a temporary outlet for the Residence de la Modelast December is now a full-fledged boutique with a complete range including separates, suits, underwear and some accessories.
You bet! It is not just peace, justice, politics and diplomacy here. There are many other facets to The Hague.
The Hague international city. The Hague creative city. The Hague fashion city…
And now The Hague film city. City’s marketing department is simply spewing out ideas. All in an effort to change the perception that The Hague is a boring city of civil servants and bureaucrats where nothing happens.
Local authorities are rolling out red carpet to film directors and producers. Not only are they welcomed with open embrace, they benefit from fast and easy filming permits procedures and all logistical support. A special film commissioner appointed in 2010 makes sure that there no hiccups in the process.
The exhibition is as optimistic as the man himself. Beautifully curated it unfolds the story of the designer’s universe as you move from room to room. Of course, the striped jersey in its countless reincarnations, mermaids and Madonnas