Dare to shine your brilliant light
This season, we travel into the mystic with 12th century polymath, proto-feminist and powerfrau Hildegard von Bingen. Living by her credo 'the soul is symphonic', the German visionary harmonized and manifested her soul's manifold desires in a magical way that continues to inspire us. Founding two monasteries, composing an entire catalogue of sacred music - still hugely popular on Spotify! - and penning nine books on subjects ranging from botany to cosmology to human sexuality (including the Western World's first known description of the female orgasm); Hildegard was a Renaissance woman long before the Renaissance. Most importantly, she was a creator.
Listen to Hildegard's heavenly songs, read her radiant, colorful visions - she is inviting us across the centuries to tap into the luminous life energy that connects us all - the 'Greening Power', as she called it - and CREATE! After all, if we were really made in the image of our Creator (a female energy, in the nun's visions), aren't we all creators too? By urging us to visit our 'Ecclesia' or 'inner church' and discover the multi-colored mosaic of our hidden talents, Hildegard dares us to dream. With her philosophy of self-healing and self-realization, she dares us to grow. Hildegard may have been a nun, but her mission went beyond religion. It was about choosing love and light and daring to be.
My 'Ecclesia' Couture Collection was inspired by Hildegard von Bingen's unforgettable, multifaceted life. I created a stained-glass mosaic print in luminous colors, using unique symbols that shine a light on your own talents and passions. Lingerie meets 'high' fashion in the bold, graphic straps that frame your curves like the uplifting, high-rising arches of a cathedral. To bolster your spirit, I enriched the lining of the bottoms with one of Hildegard's most beautiful quotes: 'Even in a world that is being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.'
Dare to shine your brilliant light!
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!’.