And so, it begins... You take off. Bye, daily grind! Whether you're speeding away in a fast car or floating in a dreamy hot air balloon; with the wind in your hair, you feel utterly free. Free to express yourself, to be anybody you want to be. When I started my brand marlies|dekkers, exactly 30 years ago, I felt inspired by the freedom, joy and radical self-acceptance I experienced in the booming club scene of the late 80s and early 90s. On the road, seeking thrills with my travel companions, bedazzled by all the new sights, sounds and scents, I feel a very similar, intoxicating sense of liberation.
Drifting off a cliff, we float over Love Valley's otherworldly landscape, surrounded by hundreds of other colorful hot air balloons. Beneath us, soft-rock sculptures glow pink and golden in the early morning sun. This is how a bird must feel, soaring through the sky with the wind beneath its wings. We're in Cappadocia, a bucket-list destination in central Turkey. Later, we will drop 100 meters underground to visit the region's famous subterranean city of Derinkuyu, officially dating back to the first millennium BCE. Exploring these cave dwellings however, it's easy to imagine that they were built during the Ice Age as survival bunkers by an ancient, lost civilization. At the end of an adventure-filled day, your eyes are sparkling, your skin is tingling, your heart is open. Anything is possible.
With the Great Escape edition of my Awaken your Senses collections, I share the thrill of exploring unknown horizons with you. Let's turn that bucket list into our 'f**k-it, let's go' list! You don't need permission to express yourself. On the road, your senses awakened, you are free to be whoever you want to be. A lover, a fire-starter, a wide-eyed adventurer. You.
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!’.