DORHOUT MEES Spring Summer 2015 Amsterdam
On Sunday, Esther Dorhout Mees showed her eighth collection during Amsterdam Fashion Week under the name of her label Dorhout Mees.
Entering the location where the show was held felt like walking into an underwater world with the sounds of trickling water playing in the background and water ripples projected from the ceiling, creating a relaxing and calm ambiance.
Every Dorhout Mees show is accompanied by a campaign movie, giving the audience a little preview of what to expect.
The video showed two models standing in the shallow waters of the Dutch polders.
The Spring/Summer 2015 collection that carries the title "O" is inspired by the wondrous ability of water crystals to transform based on the environment they're surrounded by.
"Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it" - Lao Tzu
Designer Esther Dorhout Mees became fascinated by microscopic studies of the differences between water crystals originating from a wellspring, with simple geometric shapes, versus water crystals that had been exposed to meditation, resulting in complex mathematical forms.
The same goes for the crystals from tears of happiness versus tears of sorrow. When the intention is positive this results in beautiful, balanced crystals but when the intention is negative this creates incoherent, almost broken shapes - showing the same matter but changing in essence.
Esther explains: "All our thoughts actually influence the cells in our bodies. I found it so impressive that something that seemed so impalpable suddenly was made visible to the naked eye, that this formed the basis for my collection."
In the collection this idea translates into geometric forms that changed shape due to the movement of the carrier. Hard shapes were combined with flowing lines, such as trousers made from two geometric pattern pieces with mirrored organic folds.
The only colors spotted in this collection were sea blue, white, and powder pink. Beautiful shiny and see-through fabrics we're used, reflecting the light just like sun rays reflect on the surface of water. Intricate prints with layered patterns reminded of rippling water referred to the organs of the body.
The collection was a true treat for the eyes, you couldn't help but to be fixated as in trance by the beauty and impeccable detailing.