Dear Shaded Viewers,
Presented as part of the last edition of the Fashionclash Festival in Maastricht, the MAFAD graduation show felt special this year, thanks to the graduates whose work was declarative, embellished and life-affirming. Out of 12 collections, 3 stood out, due to their strong point of view and individualistic streak. Nathan Klein played the gender bending game to craft beautiful clothes, which had more to do with historical moments in fashion than current trends. His tailoring was elegant and sharp, while his color palette was bold and joyful. Using print as her main focus, Sam Schobbe’s collection was retail ready and desirable, referencing impressionism via digital printing. Every piece was well-made and nicely finished. Working mostly with silk and ecological cotton, her silhouette was long, dreamy and romantic, giving a daily vibe to dramatic shapes. Pauline Hetger’s hippie trail was quite pleasurable, too, combining ethnic touches with lavish fabrics. If her clothes echoed the free spirit of the late 1960s, there was no nostalgia in her show. Think Talitha Getty meets Velvet Goldmine.