The world has many different kind of cultures, that bring different kind of perspectives with it. Some are easy to understand and some difficult. How do these cultures and ideas fit in fashion? At MBFWA SS17 we have visited three shows. We went to see Anbasja Blanken showing gorgeous trousers, Karim Adduchi showing his modern heritage love and Future Generation, who show us what the future of fashion could look like.
Karim Adduchi’s show started off with a Berber woman standing in the middle of the catwalk, completely covered in traditional Berber clothes. Karim said about his show and inspiration: ‘How strong the woman can be, how powerless they tend to look.’ The patterns on the garments had traditional elements. Every garment Adduchi made told it’s own story. He knows how to combine the modern Western World and the still traditional and conservative North African traditions beautifully. He showed us that the ladies ‘Behind the courtyard door’ are strong and feminine. They are beautiful and proud, even though they can’t always show it in their clothes.
During Anbasja Blanken’s show we felt like we were all sitting in heaven.The decor looked heavenly and Blanken’s girls were styled romantically. There was a woman singing through the whole show, we felt like she was calling all powerful Eva’s down from paradise. Blanken wanted to show us that the 14 Eva’s from paradise are strong and feminine, but can wear trousers. Ala Blanka shows us that power woman in all shapes and sizes, can be feminine without wearing skirts and dresses.
Edge Company presented ‘The Next Day’. The main question for this show was: How is fashion going to look like in the future while making sure the ecosystem doesn’t go down the drain? The answer came in the form of a 6-minute movie where, design, music, dance, technology and fashion were combined. There were three screens showing holograms and a woman behind them, serving as the face of the holograms.
After the holograms had disappeared, the woman came from behind the screen and danced through the audience. It looked like she was floating through the space, looking strong and happy. It looked as if she was naked but felt at ease with it. She wasn’t afraid to show us the truth: we all need to be free of our secret fears.
We have to live in peace with one and another and respect all of our differences. We hope we don’t need to use fashion anymore to show differences between cultures or make statements against war. We should accept one and another so statements aren’t necessary anymore. With his strong women, Karim Adduchi showed us that we should combine our worlds together because we are all human beings. We all want the same things; we all want to live a happy life. Anbasja Blanken used her Evas as a troop of strong feminine peacemakers. Let all men and women stand up and let us believe in the emancipation of minorities worldwide. Not the kind that only shows the equality between man and woman, but the kind that shows us equality between humans.
- Houda BiboudaFuture Architect
With help of
- Cas HendriksFuture Architect
- Elise van BrunnersumFuture Architect
- Talisa OngChief Editor
- Judith KutschenreuterFuture Architect