QUEEN of pearls
All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalized for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.
This season, I explore the glorious life and legacy of the ‘Queen of Pearls’, Elizabeth the First of England. Flame-haired, brave-hearted and dressed to dazzle in velvet and pearls, the Virgin Queen ruled alone, and she ruled splendidly. Under her reign, which lasted almost 45 years, England became one of the greatest forces in the world. Just imagine being at the epicenter of all that power, sworn to your country, body and soul! Growing up, while other girls dreamed of being golden-locked princesses, I wanted to be Elizabeth. Let them have their prince Charming, I preferred autonomous power and the rush of adrenaline.
When I think of Elizabeth, I see her spellbinding her observers with her brilliance and her countless strands of beloved pearls, magnificent Renaissance symbols of brave beauty. Like diamonds, pearls grow under pressure. Very much like Elizabeth herself, who excelled in the face of adversity. ‘When the going gets tough, it is your chance to shine’, her motto might as well have been. Let Elizabeth’s bravery inspire you to dream, let her perseverance push you to grow. Dare to be, and in time, you will proudly wear your own crown of pearls.
My new Couture collection is an ode to Queen Elizabeth’s glamorous power dressing. Rock your royalty in an opulent combination of splendid velvet, luscious lace and black pearls. Feel how the form-finessing fit harnesses your dreams and desires. Wear my Queen of Pearls collection and dare to transform the mundane into the majestic!
Be brave! — Marlies Dekkers
REFLECTIONS FROM YOUR MIRROR
FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Between king and QUEEN
Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”
Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”
The art of love!
Get your creative juices flowing
This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!