Dear Shaded Viewers,

The 8th edition of Fashionclash, which took place in the city of Maastricht, focused on the complex notion of cultural heritage as well as exciting encounters, underlining the necessity of dialogue within uncertain times. The beauty of this unique festival, which was founded by Branko Popovic, Laurens Hamacher and Nawie Kuiper, is that it offers an open platform for young designers and artists who want to showcase their vision, mingling with the audience and industry insiders in a relaxed and unpretentious setting. Blending performances with fashion shows and installations -as well as an alluring designer market and interactive talks- Fashionclash demonstrated once again the singularity of its point of view within an increasingly globalised -and homogenized- fashion landscape. Among the performances shown this year, FOLIA was the most striking and engaging, involving two male dancers dressed by Mieke Kockelkorn. Superbly choreographed by Martin Harriague, the dance piece was intense, vibrant and sensual, acting as the perfect prelude to three days of creative fashion. The strongest shows presented during this 8th edition will be reviewed in separate posts.



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.