Ronald Van Der Kemp AW’23 Défilé N*7 – Alice in Wonderland is Upcycled Couture in Paris | Images by Giovanni Giannoni & Words by Nafiseh Soolari

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The worlds of sustainability and couture collided at the RVDK show and Vōx performed to give it the total wonderland aesthetic. The Dutch designer gave us a taste of his skill in upcycling high-end textiles by working with atelier and artisans in his native Holland. He calls himself a fashion alchemist and invites creatives to join him on creating art by taking the planet into consideration. Van Der Kemp longs for us to return to a time where we would consider clothing as an investment into our individuality and build relationships with the pieces we own as an intimate affair.  

To align with his message he has created a collection in which each piece maintains its own persona, a wonderland character to identify with. There’s the elegant 3D printed ruffle dress, black swan ensemble, a melange of vibrant fabrics forms a well tailored suit with accented shoulders, or a skirt with a dramatic hemline. Denim repurposed into a patchwork skirt, a belt, or boots. Organza added in layers to create a grand ball gown, peplum shoulders for drama, but the real gossip was in hats, multicolored sequins adorning one, while it was bright roses for another, finely woven sun hats in noir. A floral couture concoction of vintage silk print mousseline scraps turned into a bouquet of flowers spread across a dress for the bohemian loving cottagecore soul. A lace see-through silhouette for the sultry siren paired with a lace masks for your next Eyes Wide Shut party. An animal print jacket combined with brocade details and a bright sun yellow asymmetrical dress with zebra print complete with a peekaboo red trail for the soul who wants her personality to shout sunshine.   

The final look, a boxed sculpture as a hat and top of mixed fabrics was made for the truly daring connoisseurs who wants to send the RVDK message—there are new ethics in luxury fashion and that there can in fact be #responsiblehedonism. 



Nafiseh Soolari

Nafiseh Soolari is a creative consultant, writer and photographer— "I love translating the beauty I see in all the moments around me, people, places, things; and I aspire to share my vision: to create a single moment for me and you to connect and realize what this amazing world has to offer..."