Here is Part II of the cover story that I wrote for the winter issue of the Access Magazine, The Hague based expatriate publication. This particular part examines various facets of Dutch fashion, its international positioning and outlook for the future
Experimental & Conceptual
Thus permeated by the Calvinist tradition of sobriety and purity, Dutch fashion is a unique expression of individual spirit rather than a collective identity.
Move over politics and diplomacy. It is fashion time in The Hague.
Political concerns, Greek crisis and the fate of the euro seemed far away as on the night of November 4th the city’s fashion finest got together to celebrate the start of The Hague fashion month at the epicentre of it all – Magazin de la mode, in the historic glass-roofed Passage.
The public in attendance swapped the usual formal and “proper” Hague attire for glamorous outfits befitting the occasion, some bordering on the outrageously colourful, or shockingly short, or sweepingly long. The male audience was less adventurous spotting black ties and tuxedoes accessorised by a smattering of facial hair in all shapes and forms. Facial hair for men is a persistent trend, I notice.
Residence de la Mode is a programme of public events to bring fashion closer to people with scores of shows, exhibitions, pop up stores shining the spotlight on emerging talent as well as established designers. It is very much in line with the official City policy aimed at positioning The Hague as a creative city. The city proud of its rich fashion history, the city that always supported craft and creativity.