Wednesday, 19 December 2012

the marionette canny mockery

You know how much I love the appearance of new gifted designers
and Yvonne Kwok is definitely one who makes me wow!
Yvonne Kwok is 'the Dutch name' of the design talent of Chinese
descent from Utrecht, extensively Yvonne Poei-Yie Kwok, a fresh
graduate from Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) with a liking
for the work of Viktor & Rolf (she interned at the acclaimed 
label in her final year) who dreamed about becoming a 
fashion designer ever since her salad days.

image taken at Modefabriek © by Branko Popovich
Yvonne chose to study at the technical school for fashion and clothing
in Hilversum after secondary school, had an internship with designer
Mada van Gaans where she decided to move further joining AMFI;
she showcased her graduation collection at the academy's Transit
event, the day when graduates from all departments present
themselves to the world of fashion, right before being awarded
the 'De Lichting', the well-known prize celebrating young Dutch
fashion talents, always on the prowl for ”the next big thing” 
and proudly supported by G-Star RAW.

The collection's theme, ”we dance like little Mary's swaying to the
symphony of destruction” emphasizes ”the battle with the mental
disorder caused by the restrictions within the fashion system
where pressure plays a major role. With reference to the
marionette 'a person who's in the service of someone else'
I want to make a mockery of this subjet” she declared introducing
her playful collection inspired by marionette dolls and carnival,
a time in which ”the social hierarchy of everyday life is suspended
and the equality between people is lifted”, full of collared outfits,
pleated skirts with amazing cuts and subtle punk hints: quite a
statement collection in which contemporary design and handwork
techniques walk hand in hand with up-to-the-minute trends.

I was taken aback by her sharp approach, love the way she mixes
materials and shapes pairing neoprene and cardboard with 
sheer fabrics and knits playing with cords and big golden 
brads skillfully blending pastel and coral hues.
”The translation to my collection is a bombastic use of color. 
Warm tones combined with bright accents and pastels are inspired 
by the colors of organs” she said explaining her search for quick 
ways to optimize decorating as a reaction to the fashion 
system ”because self-reflection is jeopardized by the lack 
of time, which for me is ultimately the essence of fashion”
Could she really be wrong?

all lookbook images © by Denise Boomkens
all catwalk images © by Peter Stigter/AMFI


  1. This is genius, pure genius :O !

  2. Total Awesomeness!!! I love them.