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Be brave!

- INSPIRED BY QUEEN ELIZ ABE TH I -


Be brave!

- INSPIRED BY QUEEN ELIZ ABE TH I -


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contents FA L L | W I N T ER 2018

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art after #meetoo

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All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalized for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.


- QUEEN ELIZABETH I -

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QUEEN of pearls This season, I explore the glorious life and legacy of the ‘Queen of Pearls’, Elizabeth the First of England. Flamehaired, brave-hearted and dressed to dazzle in velvet and pearls, the Virgin Queen ruled alone, and she ruled splendidly. Under her reign, which lasted almost 45 years, England became one of the greatest forces in the world. Just imagine being at the epicenter of all that power, sworn to your country, body and soul! Growing up, while other girls dreamed of being golden-locked princesses, I wanted to be Elizabeth. Let them have their prince Charming, I preferred autonomous power and the rush of adrenaline.

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Q QUEEN OF PEARLS black pearl With my Couture Collection, I tell a story through lavish, oneof-a-kind designs using rich, luxurious materials. This season I was inspired by the life and legacy of Elizabeth the First of England. As an ode to her brave beauty I combined splendid, stretchy velvet with luscious lace and black pearls. Referring to her regal, yet playful character, I added glamorous ruffs to the form-finessing designs. And how about the pièce de rÊsistance of the collection: a spectacular tapered bodice, sure to bolster your confidence... and more! Wear my Queen of Pearls

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collection and dare to transform the mundane into the majestic!


THE QUEEN and I T

- LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FORMIDABLE ‘VIRGIN QUEEN’ -


Growing up, while other girls dreamed of being golden-locked princesses, I wanted to be a queen: Queen Elizabeth I, to be precise. I adored her as soon as I heard about her: the brave, red-haired heroine who defeated the Spanish Armada and ruled England, by herself, for a glorious period of 45 years. Oh, to be at the epicenter of all that power! Let the other girls have their prince Charming, I fantasized about leading my troops on a horse, dressed in shiny armor.

Although Elizabeth and I were separated

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by more than 4 centuries, she felt so close

Elizabeth loved men. She surrounded

to me, and I learned so much from her.

herself with the handsomest courtiers and

From her grace under pressure to her love

was a notorious flirt. Yet, she never married.

for power-dressing; I can honestly say that

“I would be a beggar woman and single,

the formidable Virgin Queen has shaped

far rather than a queen and married,” she

me into the woman I am today. I may not

once said. Just think about it: how could a

literally be a queen -although some friends

queen regnant, placed by God in authority

teasingly call me ‘The Queen of Everything’-

over her people, be ruled by a husband? So

but I am definitely someone who strives to

she gave up love for duty, and ruled alone

transform the mundane into the majestic, every single day. So, I proudly present the most important life lessons I learned from the original #girlboss:

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“I may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart.” — Queen Elizabeth I


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D DA ME D E PA RIS cinnamon

. . . Steal the show in smoldering cinnamon . . .

This season, steal the show with my Dame de Paris collection in smoldering cinnamon. The stunning play of lines adorning the top of the cups refers to the glorious Notre-Dame Cathedral and frames your curves perfectly while the slightly shimmery fabric gives your skin a warm, sensual glow. Dare to dazzle!

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S S PAC E O DYS S E Y gold & shitake Radiate star quality in my stunning, shitake-brown collection with a golden sparkle! I combined a lush Lurex fabric in a seductive hue with my trademark sensual straps. For an eyecatching, finishing touch, I added spaceship-inspired ornaments. The result? Simply stellar! Wear my Space push up bra 5 cm briefs

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“The end crowneth the work.” — Queen Elizabeth I


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C GLORIA

. . .Power dressing was never this sensual.. . .

black & insignia blue Inject some passion and pride into your wardrobe with my tartan Gloria! Power dressing was never this sensual... For this glorious collection, I combined a flattering fit with fierce Highlanderinspired details, such as a black-and-blue plaid pattern and fetching faux leather ornaments. This season, dare to show your ‘brave heart’!

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C CROWN JEWEL

. . .The sensual straps frame your beauty in the most elegant way. . .

pine green Turn your curves into your crowning glory with my Crown Jewel collection. The sensual straps frame your beauty in the most elegant way. The richly printed fabric in a flattering, pine green shade makes you feel like royalty. Delicate crown-shaped charms give you just the bit of sparkle that you need. Dare to

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“If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of history.” — Thomas Cromwell about Catharine of Aragon


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“I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman.” — Queen Elizabeth I

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M THE MAURITSHUIS maritime blue This season, let love reign supreme in my The Mauritshuis collection. For this splendid set I was inspired by the magnificent faรงade of the Mauritshuis,

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a Golden Age architectural marvel with royal lions. I chose a gorgeous, royal blue fabric and added luscious, curly lace with dotted piping and a delicate overlay of netting. Rock this royal look and dare to impress!

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F F E M M E FATA L E bordeaux Transform yourself into a sensual predator with my hot-blooded Femme Fatale collection! Beautifully embossed leather in a saturated burgundy shade reminds you of the power of unbridled passion. Slip into this gorgeous set and let the bold, woven straps

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“A clear and innocent conscience fears nothing.” — Queen Elizabeth I

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ART after #METOO W

Photography: Vincent Mentzel

- WIM PIJBES -


When Wim Pijbes became the Rijksmuseum’s director in 2008 (the most prestigious museum of The Netherlands), the first acquisition he made was my feminine feminist ‘Bare Bottom Dress’, comparing it with Mondriaan's paintings and Rietveld's iconic chair. A bold move, and typical for the dapper art historian with the rebellious streak who made the world news by breaking protocol and shaking hands with Barack Obama in front of Rembrandt's Night Watch. As soon as the #MeToo movement hit the art world, I couldn't wait to sit down with Wim and talk about the consequences of this historical event. "It all goes back to Eve picking the apple."

Marlies: Wim, how do you see #MeToo's

Luncheon on the Grass'? I think the recent

effect on the art world?

controversy around Balthus' painting from

Wim: There are many different sides to it.

1938 called 'Thérèse Dreaming' really

The #MeToo discussion itself seems to

shows that shift of awareness.

center around events that have come to light during the past year and a half. I think

Marlies: Yes, Balthus portrayed a pubescent

we can all agree: many unacceptable things

girl - leaning back on a chair with her

have happened, also in the art world. At the

underwear visible - with a sensuality that is

same time, as an art historian, I observe

now considered very inappropriate. There

that from the beginning of our visual

was even a petition for removal from the Met!

language there has been a power dynamic between the artist and his subject, most often a woman. The #MeToo discussion has greatly influenced the way we assess this dynamic, and the question is: does that change the way we see famous works of art like the Venus de Milo or Manet's 'The

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“Men fight wars. Women win them.” — Queen Elizabeth I

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. . .I draped my ultra-flattering design in a translucent fine mesh. . .

PETIT POINT black & gold dot This season, release your inner flirt with my adorable Petit Point collection! For a coy, yet elegant effect, I draped my ultra-flattering design in a translucent fine mesh which I decorated with contrasting black and gold 'petit-point' spots. And don't you just love the sparkly gold lining on the shoulder straps and bindings? Dare to play!

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D DARE TO BE black & sand This season, wear your

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lingerie like shining armor! My ode to legendary femme fatale Anne Boleyn is fiercely feminine, featuring sensual straps that frame your beauty. Doesn’t the black mesh overlay remind you of the glorious chain mail worn by women warriors? My motto, in push up bra 7 cm thong

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“All my possessions for a moment of time.” — Queen Elizabeth I

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“YOU ARE AS BEAUTIFUL, AS SENSUAL, AS DESIROUS... AS YOU BELIEVE YOURSELF TO BE.” — Marlies Dekkers


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Marlies to Zilver: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? No, I’m not talking about a quick peek to check your make-up or a stolen glance at a reflective store window. REALLY take a look. Get in front of a mirror, close your eyes, then slowly open them. Can you see YOU in your reflection? Or are you too fixated on the things you don’t like; that wrinkle by your left eye or those 5 extra kilos? We all have our physical insecurities, and if you want to fix them, go ahead! But starting now, I challenge you to focus on REAL confidence. The kind of confidence that makes you see your inner beauty shine through. The kind that makes you look at yourself and go...:

“Damn, I love this woman!”

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