Dutch chic is a rare mix of what's hot, what's cool. Take the Light Shade Shade—a classical chandelier enveloped in a contemporary, semitransparent film from homegrown creator Jurgen Bey. It is a pretty standard fixture in all of Amsterdam's hot...
Dutch chic is a rare mix of what's hot, what's cool. Take the Light Shade Shade—a classical chandelier enveloped in a contemporary, semitransparent film from homegrown creator Jurgen Bey. It is a pretty standard fixture in all of Amsterdam's hot spots. And around the snaking canals, there's this eclectic fusion of cutting-edge design and laid-back elegance in everything from the city's stores to its eateries to its hotels.
WHERE TO SHOP Fashion's flying Dutchmen Viktor & Rolf are said to troll boutiques in the central Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) shopping district. While there, check out Lady Day, at Hartenstraat 9. The boutique is a mecca of all things vintage—shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, coats and accessories. Across the street, at Hartenstraat 10, is Exota, which carries brightly hued, patterned pieces from local brand King Louie, plus designs from Carhartt and Paul Frank. For products to beautify, Skins Cosmetics, at Runstraat 9, boasts Holland's exclusives to such niche names as Frederic Malle, Philosophy and Ren. Home design-wise, The Frozen Fountain is not to be missed. At Prinsengracht 629, its cutting-edge creations include pieces from Driade and Edra, plus custom-made designs from local favorite Piet Hein Eek.
Amsterdam is also a treasure trove of individually themed stores. W.T.W. (de Witte Tanden Winkel), at Runstraat 5, sells toothbrushes of all shapes, sizes and characters (Hello Kitty and Tweety Bird, included). Knopenwinkel, at Herengracht 383-389, peddles only buttons. Beadies Amsterdam, Huidenstraat 6, sells—you guessed it—beads. And Maranon Hangmattn, at Singel 488, stocks hammocks.
WHERE TO GO OUT While pancakes, Indonesian and brown-cafe cuisine are staples here, the recently opened Fifteen Amsterdam restaurant, at Jollemanhof 9—by Jamie Oliver (aka The Naked Chef)—offers inventive prix fixe and à la carte plates prepared in the open kitchen abuzz with cooks. Decor includes white tablecloths and walls covered with graffiti.
Following in the numbered-eatery theme is another funky joint called Club 11, at Oosterdokskade 3-5, in the same building as the city's modern art museum. During the day, its terrace looks out onto a spectacular panorama of Amsterdam, and at dusk, it morphs into a throbbing club chockablock with teens and twentysomethings.Not new, but certainly a mainstay in the city, is the SupperClub, at Jonge Roelensteeg 21, where diners spend hours eating and drinking while sprawled out on mattresses.
WHERE TO SLEEP There is no shortage of interesting-looking places to bunk down in Amsterdam. The Lloyd Hotel & Culturele Ambassade, at Oostelijke Handelskade 34, has an array of bedrooms, ranging from one to five stars (with each category featuring an innovative look). Common rooms and a shared kitchen area also are available to guests. As its name suggests, The College Hotel (at Roelof Hartstraat 1) used to house a school and now has modern rooms run by college kids—overseen by supervisors, of course. Another one of the hippest hotels is the Arena Hotel Amsterdam, at Gravesandestraat 51. Once an orphanage, this youth hotel now contains individually decorated rooms, a percolating nightclub and a fine garden area.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)