Dear Shaded Viewers,
I enjoyed attending the 6th edition of Fashionclash, which took place in Maastricht last June. Conceived as an interdisciplinary project blending fashion with art and performance, this edition was dedicated to the theme of ageing, joyfully celebrating different age groups throughout the entire event. Designers from all around the world gathered in Maastricht for 3 days to present their garments during 6 different shows, offering the audience an insight into young and creative contemporary fashion. This year, there was a notable increase in the number of journalists and guests attending the event, giving it a strong international feel. Maastricht is set to become the Dutch equivalent of Belgium's Antwerp, promoting the avant-garde and using fashion as a key tool to enhance its appeal. The founders of Fashionclash, namely Branko Popovic, Laurens Hamacher and Nawie Kuiper, all happen to be fashion graduates of the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design, which explains their ability to select innovative and interesting designers. The best collections were the ones celebrating color, individuality and a certain joie de vivre, from KRJST's printed couples and Baiba Ladiga's neoprene sportswear to ODIO and Jakub Pieczarkowski's multilayered outfits and Tom Van Der Borght's psychedelic safari. Fashionclash has been gaining more attention and recognition from industry insiders and professionals, remaining an inspiring platform for talent scouting and promising newcomers.
Philippe Pourhashemi

A freelance fashion writer, consultant and stylist, Philippe Pourhashemi was born in Tehran in 1976. He grew up in Paris, before moving to Scotland to study Foreign Languages. His passions are fashion and culture, as well as music and film. He writes and styles features for Metal in Barcelona, Behind the Blinds in Brussels, Contributor in Stockholm, Veoir in New York and SKP in Beijing. He was named Fucking Young's Editor-at-Large in 2016 and has contributed to ASVOF since 2008, acting as Correspondent-at-Large since 2012. An avid traveler, he likes to explore exotic fashion weeks and unexpected destinations whenever he can.