My muse and I
For the first time, I could see gardening as a way to express yourself. Guided by the awesome female gardeners I was reading about - I jokingly called them my 'gardening angels' - I started turning my backyard into my own private paradise. Vita Sackville-West, the best-selling bisexual baroness with a passion for gardening (her love affair with Virginia Woolf inspired the book 'Orlando') motivated me to just dig in and learn by trial and error: “The only thing is to be bold; try the experiment; and find out.” Through Maxi’diwiac, the Native American woman behind gardening bible 'Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden', I became obsessed with organic soil and heirloom seeds. And dressed in a flirty, flowery dress that gardenista and Queen of France Marie Antoinette would have loved, I drove a hired van to my favorite nursery to fill it up with organic compost and other horticultural delights. Forget fancy spas; this was now my idea of a romantic daytrip.
There is something very erotic about getting your hands dirty and connecting with nature's lust for life: sprouts bursting from seeds, flowers seducing bees with their intoxicating perfumes. 'In gardens, the main business is sex and death. Beauty is just a by-product' I read in one of my gardening books. I couldn't agree more. But as I, quite literally, became a more 'seasoned' gardener, I learned to appreciate not just the colorful lushness of spring, but also the darker seasons when my garden recharged itself while new life was gestating underground. By surrendering to nature's rhythm, I learned to trust Mother Earth's intuition and reconnect with my own. Like the Romantics who turned their backs on rigid rationality during the early 19th century, I fell madly in love with nature's feminine soul. Through my garden, I found a new way to flourish.
You plant a seed, you plant hope. And for many female gardeners throughout the centuries, creating their own Garden of Eden, away from society's pressures, has been a radical act of hope. I thought of them often, as I sweated and pruned, using flowers and plants as paint, and soil and sky as my canvas. I celebrated their colorful lives and gardens in my collection designs. And when I felt that my paradise was ready, I asked my lover over for tea. While he looked around my garden, absorbing its colors, textures and scents, I asked him what he saw. "You; I see you," he said with a big smile and pulled me close. What happened next is between me, him, the birds and the bees... .
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!’.
Maison Marlies blog
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Giving style advice
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Marlies and friends
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