This past weekend, Disney teamed up with six Amsterdam designers to create outfits inspired by the tale and the characters that we have grown to adore.
Boaz van Doornik, Elke van Zuylen, Liesbeth Sterkenburg, Zyanya Keizer, Marlou Breuls, and Jazz Chris brought their creations to the catwalk. In our eyes, these designs are a bit avant garde (and some beastly atrocious) if we do say so ourselves… Let’s take a look!
Visions of Beauty & the Beast at once bring to mind the star of the film in that iconic beautiful yellow ball gown. But there’s more to explore! And we’re so glad Jazz Chris took inspiration from the other star character: the Beast. Chris noted she is drawn to more masculine silhouettes, making her choice of Beast the perfect fit. We love how the outer layer reveals the Beast’s outside – dark and brooding, and the inner layer is a reflection of his softer, kinder heart as decorated with gilded roses down the pant legs.
Marlou Breuls was inspired by Belle’s iconic yellow ball gown. However, she took a few steps to the left by delivering something that is the complete opposite! Her “suit”, as she called it, disguises the model and leaves only the eyes to be seen. Creepy… which is EXACTLY what Breuls was going for, apparently. In an interview before the fashion show, Breuls revealed, “Everyone thinks that is what women are supposed to look like so I wanted to create almost a creepy suit, which covers the model’s face, to remove her identity in a way, to remind girls it does not matter what you look like. What matters is what is on the inside.” But thanks to this yellow “suit”, we can’t see the model OR what’s on the inside. Neat sentiment, but we’re not seeing Beauty & the Beast.
Liesbeth Sterkenburg created her own narrative for Belle, imagining her going on many more adventures. Perhaps adventures she’d read about in her many books! Belle’s adventures, according to Sterkenburg, would necessitate a hitch-hiker attire: a yellow rain jacket with pockets to spare for trinkets and trophies, backpack, a map bodysuit to keep her on track, and a hat. Thumb up for this hitch-hiker attire!
Elke van Zuylen drew inspiration for her designs from Belle’s French upbringing. She drew on lavish textiles the French are known for – by crafting a velvet yellow dress with an oversized red velvet coat, featuring sheer pillow sleeves. Besides the embroidered rose on the back of the coat and the yellow dress, this design is a very loose interpretation of our budding Belle.
The enchanted rose served as inspiration for Boaz van Doornik as well. The menswear designer stepped out of his comfort zone by creating his first ever (!!!) womenswear ensemble. This required him to encompass femininity in color and execution as well as fine tune silhouettes and proportions to accommodate a slimmer, svelte frame. His look, like van Zuylen features illustrations of roses.
Zyanya Keizer teamed with 4 seamstresses for 2 months (holy wow!) to sew white beads on a blue gown that is reminiscent of Belle’s village dress. The crystals are a nod to the castle elegance.
There you have it, Disney fashionistas. Amsterdam Fashion Week’s Beauty & the Beast offerings were a little too austere for us but we can appreciate the attempt and imagination of the designers!
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