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NORTHERN LIGHTS

Concept Book by KATINKA SCHMITZ

mail@katinkaschmitz.de NO COPYING WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION.


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This final year project is being created to present the knowledge I have gained during the past four years at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. It is also a result of all the practical experience I was able to gather within several internships at fashionfreax.net in Berlin, as well as in New York at the designer Jill Stuart and Vogue magazine, which are still inspiring my work until today. Inspiration for this final year project were furthermore an exhibition in the Museum of Enkhuizen of April 2009 and the Huis Marseille with an exhibition on the differnt faces of water. Northern lights is addressing women in their thirties. Rummaging through her closet, you will find haute couture pieces side by side with vintage house frocks. She expresses her eclectic, playful self through a masterful and sometimes outrageous mix of these styles.


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Concept

Northern lights for Spring/ Summer 2010 is inspired on Nordic mythology. Northern lights is about a mystic atmosphere that reminds of fables from long time ago. Ceramics of far eastern cultures, The Netherlands and Europe show a long tradition of seafaring, represented in the traditional ancient blue pattern with its Flora Danica designs, that give a lot of inspiration for prints. In terms of tradition we will also be looking at the 17th century, especially in Denmark, where fine undergarments, embroidered with luxurious golden treats were worn under the folklore costumes. These are key factors for a handcrafted atmosphere, a past that we have to recall to our minds and prepare for the future. It is not only about past stories, but it is also about diseases. Some kind of Botox intoxication that we get from the present we are living in.

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eclectic playful porcelain

broken

plastic surgery

pastell


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handycraft

mystic

mother nature soft light

pastell


If colour is a measure of mood then it is a mix of 8

optimism and re-engagement with nature. Colours are calmed down and soft. It is a muted and harmonious colour palette, which ranges from subtle, neutral colours such as biscuit, corn silk and

tender old-fashioned

turquoise through a splash of de-saturated purple and violet. Every now and then appear some

fresh lemon green. Aqua and cobalt blue

as used for the ancient

Blue Fluted pattern of traditional porcelain will be a big statement within the collection.


Colour concept

Medium Blue

Soft Yellow

Cobalt Blue

Midnight Blue

Hot Pink

Dark purple

Thistle

Azure

White smoke

Ivory

Dark Brouwn

Light Rose

Pale turquoise

Seashell

Old lace

Salmon

White

Light misty rose

Bisque

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In terms of silhouettes it is about an elegant, easy volume shapes with some spotlight on the feminine curves. It is about a modern, unnatural feeling.

handycraft mystic

soft light

mother nature


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Lasercut silk

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Transparent colour printed

Lasercut leather

Lasercut lycra with additional layer underneath


Fabric concept

Plastered linnen, printed

Melted print in lycra

Laser cuts for a reinterpretation of lace and blocks of transparencies are the main characters for this light collection. Luxury fabrics and fine embroidery for lingerie inspired on the undergarments worn in the seventeenth century are seen throughout the collection. Open hand knit structures as well as knitwear is seen trough out the collection. Silks and chiffon.

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Lasercut Sweater Basis is a variation on a men’s V-neck, although the proportions have been altered to include a wider chest area and slightly longer back.

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Product features - 55% silk , 45% cashmere - Inside-out seams

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Lasercut strapless waist dress with garter and hanger detail in the front

Product features

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- Two layers - Staystitch on the inside - Seams are reinforced with boning

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Knee-long skirts with two pockets on the side Strapless waist dressed with garter and hanger detail in front

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Product features - Zip at the back - A full layered skirt comes with a sheer removable pencil underskirt - 100% silk; fabric 2: 100% cotton; - Stay stitch on the inside of dress

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Front

Collection


Straples knitted corset Leather slim-leg pants

Product features

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- Blind closure in pants - Leather

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Blouse with loose sleeves and detail on left upper arm. Seams are unfinished. Leather slim line pants 25

Product features - Shirt: 100% Silk - Pants: Leather

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Silk tank top dress with embroidered knit yarns as well as shiny round sequinses Loose fit, waisted In the bottom: Leggings

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Product features - 100% Silk

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Cropped tuxedo jacket with shell print Strapless knitted waist jumpsuit, with laser-cut

Product features

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- Jacket: Leather - Bodysuit: Printed knit

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Front

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Straples knitted corset Leather slim-leg pants

Product features

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- Blind closure in pants - Leather

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Front

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Collection overview


Collection overview

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Collection overview


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Indigo crossover Blue is the colour of the season. Different tones from soft baby blue and vibrant blue from the anxient blue patterns are influencing the runways.


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eclectic playful porcelain

broken

plastic surgery

pastell


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Transparent printed

Lasercut silk

Lasercut leather

Lasercut lycra with additional layer underneath


Fabric concept

Plastered linnen, printed

Melted print in lycra

Knitted Wool

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Loose fitting sleeveless singlet Skirt with banded waist, a back zip to fasten. Under skirt is a sheer tulip shaped mid-skirt over a mesh pencil skirt with a zip and concealed snap closure at back to fasten.

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Product features - 25 cm pleated 0,5 cm - 100% Silk

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Front

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Strapless corset Kneelong Pencilskirt with heavy lace ted 44

Product features - 100% Silk

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Front

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Blouse with loose sleeves High-waisted brief attached Knitted gaiters Product features

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- 100% Silk

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Knitted cardigan, loose fitting with two pockets in the front and small button detail on the right upper body. Skirt with banded waist, a back zip to fasten. Under skirt is a sheer tulip shaped mid-skirt over a mesh pencil skirt with a zip and concealed snap closure at back to fasten.

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Sleeveless top with welted zipper Silk suspender belt Kneelong Pencilskirt with stiff lasercut lace

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Product features - Printed lycra as well as silk - Skirt: Printed linnen

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Sleeveless dresses. One with detailed belt, the other one with two side pockets in the front. Zip in the back


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Short sleeved jumpsuit with low v-nack, gathered waist and two bag pockets on the side. 53

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Collection overview

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Many thanks for the support of this project Marco Bolderheij Martine Heinen Leslie Holden Ernestine Koelman Yvette van de Merwe Lorena Pammer Eric Reiman Willem Schouten Carla Wijnstroot Jan Enning, Photography www.kleinejan.org Eugenie Andrieux, Hair&MakeUp (House of Orange) Nathalie de Beus, Hair&MakeUp (Dikpeeters) Sabien van der Haar, Streetmodels Myrthe van der Swaan Klaartje Brouns, www.immbruxelles.com


Concept Book by KATINKA SCHMITZ

mail@katinkaschmitz.de NO COPYING WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION.


Northern Lights  

concept book, final project at the amsterdam fashion institute 2009

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