July 18, 2010
Daryl van Wouw &Conny Groenewegen at Amsterdam fashion week
Printed hoodies, tees and sneakers? Not this time at Daryl van Wouw! For spring 2011 Daryl presented sophisticated dresses in delicate fabrics. Both in very wearable short body hugging as long and flowy fits. Executed in a few not so basic colors like a dark faded turquoise, several shades of odd browns, and almost orange reds. After moving his company to China, Daryl van Wouw positively surprised us with his collection designed there. There was a noticeable change in this collection compared with previous ones, this time he worked a lot more with fabrics and layers and used a more elegant aesthetic. Although the hair and makeup strongly reminded of last spring’s Giles and Proenza Schouler with their pastel colored strokes of hair, it did do a beautiful job complimenting the collection.
Outside the show at Westerpark, in the grass, at sunset another surprise awaited. Wooden pellets were piled and wrapped in plastic foil and so were a dozen of models. Viewers received headphones to experience a ‘silent fashion show’. Huge light bulbs on sticks tied to the pellets lit to the beat of the music. The show started, models were unpacked from their foil package and Conny Groenewegen's designs were revealed. They started marching coordinately in between the pellets accompanied by the music and the lights. A magical display.