The senses of vision and touch
Are you ready to awaken your senses? To get your (creative) juices flowing to the rhythm of a throbbing beat? Let’s pump up the jam and get seriously sexy and sweaty together! With these collections, I am inviting you to dance into a year of celebrations with me: the 30th anniversary of marlies|dekkers! To start, let me take you by the hand to the birthplace of my brand: the booming club scene of the late 80s and early 90s. Representing the senses of VISION and TOUCH, this is where I started sculpting the sensual shapes that would inspire and define several generations of feminine feminists.
So much more than just music venues, nightclubs like RoXY and iT in Amsterdam were sanctuaries for misfits and mavericks like me, refusing to be labeled on the basis of our sexual orientation, gender, race or size. The perfect ambassadors for my designs. Nightlife allowed us to express ourselves in a joyful riot of diversity and tolerance. No labels, no rules. And often, no clothes! Can you imagine feeling confident and free enough to go butt-naked? (The fact that there were no smartphones or social media to document and share everything definitely helped, of course). Most of the time, it was purely spontaneous, like ripping off my dress to go crazy on a go-go box. Other times, it was conceptual, like when I explored the idea of my ‘Undressed’ lingerie line with an interactive happening at the RoXY. Believing that our bodies are at their most beautiful when undressed, the function of my designs was – and will always be! – to enhance that unique beauty, not distract from it. Did it work? I let the public decide for themselves by having dancers and performers wear my designs while I went completely naked. I guess it worked, because we blew the roof off the club!
To this day, I am inspired by the freedom, joy and radical self-acceptance I felt during nights like these. With the Nightlife editions of my Awaken Your Senses collections, I want to share that spirit with you. Can you hear the wild nights calling? It’s time to reclaim them! Forget about ‘likes’, tags and followers; dance, create and make love like nobody’s watching. Let’s get shamelessly sensual. We don’t need permission to express ourselves. The night is ours.
fall|winter 20 preview
In January, I presented my newest FW20 collection during a show full of dance and entertainment in Rotterdam. All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses, powerful female icons from past and present. And for FW20, my muse will be crime writer Agatha Christie. A few months from now, you will get to discover the collections, and see how they tell stories like Agatha’s thrilling books do..
Running for your life
Dr. Bram Bakker is a psychiatrist, a writer, a runner and a provocateur. With his many bestselling books and columns – and yes, even his own theatre show – he urges us to think outside the box when it comes to our mental health. Not crazy about popping pills? Bram shared some interesting alternatives with me, from throwing out our phones to running ‘till we puke’.
Peas & peppers instead of pills
General practitioner Tamara de Weijer believes that we would feel a lot better if we hit the produce stand before we visited the pharmacy. “On a massive scale, we have been putting the wrong kind of fuel in our bodies.”
Singles Day – You’ve Got this!
All the single ladies, listen up! With single women rapidly becoming the majority, it is high time to stop feeling singled out. This Singles Day, let’s celebrate our freedom and independence by sharing all those solo milestones that make us go: ‘You’ve got this!’.