Individuals and the collective

Student showings at any fashion week are always amongst the most forwards, and Individuals, a collection by students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, is no different. Each Amsterdam fashion week a changing collective of students works to express their view on the coming season, in this case fall 2011, and fashion at large by adding a “unique chapter to the continuing fashion story” that is Individuals. Given just how hard it is for a group of creating minds to form one collection, the merits of this year’s expression are obvious.

And that expression was collection that worked between the contradiction of freedom and control: the desire to go your own way and the need for restraint.

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Like so much expressive fashion, this was a showing about feeling. During the show you got a dark and dramatic sensation; the clothing placed before us was mostly black, sometimes broken with highlights of orange, and dark music from the likes of Placebo was played and bathed the catwalk. That feeling reflected in the clothing: this season’s Individuals group made a collection of gothic inspiration with pieces such as low cut v-necks, knitwear made in to a top, and short dresses worn with over knee boots standing out. As a collective, they used lot of man made and treated fabrics that whose shiny effect was obvious under the lights of the catwalk.

With the use of different materials and the black combined with some orange and brown tints, the collection formed a beautiful fullness for their autumn (herfst) / winter 2011 / 2012 offering.

There are some select images we’ve found from other bloggers below, though we’d turn to Peter Stigter‘s site to see the full collection. We’ll bring you more pictures should they come to hand.

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Individuals bra. Tweeted by Natalie.

A matrix of looks from Individuals at AIFW. Via FashionGentrix.

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