Dear Shaded Viewers,

This was my first time being part of the Lichting jury in Amsterdam and I truly enjoyed the experience. An initiative of HTNK and FashionWeek Netherlands, Lichting was launched in 2007 and yearly awards the best graduate collection of the country with a 10.000€ prize. Each school sends out two graduates, who get to show selected outfits on the runway during FashionWeek. Prior to the show, they have to present and defend their work in front of an international jury, which included Zowie Broach -Head of Fashion at Royal College of Art in London- Floor Kolen -Fashion designer and 2010 Lichting participant- Federico Poletti -Editor, curator and consultant- and yours truly. Out of all the creative and exciting collections we saw in Amsterdam, Stuyfzand’s stood out with her incredible craftsmanship, sense of color, positive message and use of textures. Her take on menswear was playful, authentic and cheerful, naming her collection “Call Me Magpie”, an homage to Austrian craft and London club kids. Sequined flowers, sheer effects, fresh tailoring and reworked menswear staples were styled boldly and instinctively, giving her presentation strength and energy. Stuyfzand graduated with a BA in Fashion design from ArtEZ in Arnhem and she will use the award to further her textile research, exploring new directions within her work. The audience prize, worth 3000€, went to Belgian Sarah Bruylant, who graduated from AMFI in Amsterdam.




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.