Blog Bas Kosters Studio

Posted on: 2 March, 2015 - 13:45 - Posted in: column

Because I work in fashion I attend a lot of events, soiree’s, shows, presentations, openings and exhibitions. Usually you encounter the same familiar faces on these happenings. You greet them with a friendly “ Hey, how are you?” and they will ask you the same. You are expected to reply: “I’m Great”.  “I’m O.K” or “Not so well” is not what people would like to hear.

Posted on: 11 February, 2015 - 23:11 - Posted in: column

I encountered a girl today who looked like a granny – with a messy bun on her head and very unsexy clothing. Where two trends collide, it turned into a little fashion disaster. On one hand there’s the preppy, clean-cut, flat shoes and new basics trend. On the other, the trend of wearing a big woolly ’80s vest and other brownish vintage clothing. Put this together in just the wrong way, and what is left? A sloppy granny.

Posted on: 4 February, 2015 - 23:50 - Posted in: column

There was a time when vintage was called ‘second-hand’ and merely cost a few pennies. That time was called the ’90s. Flared trousers, pyjamas, ’60s winter coats and morning robes were amongst my attire. It was the time that bands like Nirvana, Supergrass and Blur wore a very trashy, careless version of ’60s and ’70s dusty granny clothing. What made it so cool was the contradiction between the long greasy hair and matching attitude and the granny-like rags.

Posted on: 28 January, 2015 - 17:09 - Posted in: column

I read a column this week about Amsterdam Fashion Week, where I showed my latest collection. The two authors claimed that the ‘happy’ event was uncalled for, because of the environmental footprint the fashion industry leaves behind and the terrible circumstances under which most of our apparel is made. Although my collection ‘permanent state of confusion’ is amongst others a reflection on the state of the fashion industry, of which these practices are definitely alarming, I found their column dreadful, boring and sour.

Posted on: 23 January, 2015 - 14:04 - Posted in: column

The men’s collections for Autumn / Winter 2015 have been presented and, to my astonishment, I saw a big parade of fur going down the catwalk. As the word ‘catwalk’ comes from the elegant walk of a cat, I would have rather seen the animals walk down that runway alive, but unfortunately they were turned into big coats, hats and embellishments for bags. The collections were screaming loudly: Wear fur – it’s is the latest thing!

Posted on: 14 January, 2015 - 19:48 - Posted in: column

It’s Men’s Fashion Week, and street style shots are popping up on leading fashion websites. I was flicking trough them to see what’s up and again noticed the odd understated aesthetic of designer clothing, which all men on the pictures seem to wear. The looks seemed quite humourless and rigid in a certain way. Although the outfits were carefully selected by the different individuals, to me they seemed like a uniform; a fashion uniform. Of course we all conform to certain codes within our own groups, but the fashion uniform is a special one.

Posted on: 7 January, 2015 - 19:05 - Posted in: column

I was browsing the Internet and stumbled upon a post about Marilyn Monroe becoming the new face for Max Factor. Funny to choose a deceased person for a beauty campaign. Are they going to dig her up and paint her face? That would actually be a good stunt. Poor Marilyn, strange that she doesn’t have a say in this matter, maybe she doesn’t like Max Factor products, we will never know.

Posted on: 24 December, 2014 - 11:51 - Posted in: column

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? Today is Christmas Eve, and probably a lot of you will be pampered this year by Santa with lots of nice presents. In Holland there is a big tradition with the “Christmas hamper” which you get at work as a gift from your boss. Although people are never really satisfied with the content of their hamper, it is still a nice gesture.

Posted on: 17 December, 2014 - 12:59 - Posted in: column

I was in London a while ago, and made a DJ set at Larry T’s Super electric Party machine at East bloc. One of my friends was kind of sleepy, so she took a little nap in the club. When she woke up, a half naked sweaty gay on x asked her “Am I Basic?” We had a good laugh, but recently being basic has become the thing not to be. Of course I have never been basic, have you? But what is being basic? I must confess  that for the first time In my life I might be becoming a bit basic.

Posted on: 11 December, 2014 - 19:15 - Posted in: column

My column this week has a double story, but it started with a thought about my grandmother. My grandmother bought quality clothing, which was expensive, but she wore it for at least ten years, maybe even more. When she passed away a few years ago, I took al lot of her clothes, bed linen etcetera from her house to prevent it from going in the bin or to the goodwill store. The clothes are stacked in my studio, and sometimes I re-use something. I realised this week that a lot of people buy clothing in bulk, almost like a daily consumption.

Posted on: 3 December, 2014 - 14:40 - Posted in: column

I don’t really like functional clothing. In my designs I often forget to put in pockets, and I don’t do buttons. Often when I’m out, I need a purse because to stuff an I-phone, a wallet AND a packet of cigarettes in your undies is just a bit too much. When I cycle around, I sometimes cycle behind a beige/grey/green persona oozing functionality, and the feeling that gives me is best described as a punch in the stomach. One functional piece of clothing could do, but from head-to-toe in practical outerwear just gives me the creeps. How functional can you get?

Posted on: 26 November, 2014 - 12:20 - Posted in: column

Last week I went rummaging on the flea market, and I was thrilled to find a vintage Pierre Cardin pencil case. Just what I needed to put in my drawing pens. Funny though that the excitement about my find was based on the magic of the name Pierre Cardin. Whilst watching television I saw a commercial about designer glasses, and that you get two for the price of one, what a deal. I was wondering why it was so special that they specifically mentioned that even designer glasses were being offered two for the price of one.

Posted on: 20 November, 2014 - 11:22 - Posted in: column

I am a sucker for plants; I love them and cherish them. Every now and then I pick up an orphan plant from the streets, one that is neglected, almost dying and left with the garbage. Some of my plants have been with with me already for ten years, and from my most favourite plant I take cuttings and plant them to grow them into baby plants to gift to friends and share the joy. I even have some plant friends with whom we share plant cuttings – it is a great hobby.

Posted on: 13 November, 2014 - 10:01 - Posted in: column

What is in your wallet? Pin or cash? Carrots or a back rub?

Posted on: 4 November, 2014 - 15:26 - Posted in: column

The end of the year is getting nearer, when the days get shorter, and we go towards the holidays, is it not time for reminiscing and thinking how to help our fellow man? This month November, to me is all about Movember. I am participating in this men’s health initiative for the second year. By growing my moustache, and raising funds, I try to help raise awareness for men’s health issues. I am glad that the big moustache trend has flown over, and our moustache cups etcetera are in the back of the cupboard. That only means more focus on this sincere initiative.

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