the Queen of Summer
Like a mighty snake, the Nile river slithers through the driest desert land with its life-giving waters, creating a lush strip of paradise along its banks: Egypt. Not surprisingly, the Egyptians called their land a ‘Gift of the Nile’ while their most magnificent female pharaoh, Cleopatra, will always be known as ‘the Queen of the Nile’.
Growing up in the Netherlands during the 70s, the North Sea was my Nile. Standing at the wind-swept shore, wriggling my toes in the wet sand, I felt like a queen, or even better, like Botticelli’s Venus rising from the waves. How I loved the fact that the salt air gave me curls that could rival hers! There was something about the sensuality of the salt, sea, sand and sounds that felt timeless; a connection with ancient queens and goddesses across oceans of time.
With my latest swimwear collection, I am taking you on a magical trip down memory lane. Camping trips in the dunes, beauty budding on the beach, stolen kisses in the surf; I’ve tried to capture the joy of the freedom-loving 70s in these very personal pictures. (The gorgeous women on these pages are my real-life friends; the orange tent a copy of the one I spent many childhood summers in!). Each of these Nile-inspired looks is an ode to freedom. You’ll see; wearing them will make you comfortable, confident and carefree enough to own every moment of this season. Whether you are cruising down the sapphire-colored Nile or doing cartwheels in the dunes, you will feel like the Queen of Summer. Cleopatra herself would approve.
Sun, sand, scissor kicks
I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing…
Well, unfortunately not my gorgeous personal trainer. But his sexy summer work out is a nice alternative. If you like torture, that is.
“Unlock Your Potential” book launch in New York
Marlies Dekkers, the cult Dutch lingerie artist, launched her new book ‘Unlock your potential’ on February 27th in the Dream Hotel Downtown, New York City… And what a night it was!
Crowned Queen of Scotland at only nine months of age, proud Mary Stuart (1542- 1587) was off to a flying start. A tall beauty with golden-red hair and bewitching hazel eyes, Mary was so charismatic, so brilliant with words that her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, refused to meet her during their lifetimes for fear of being overshadowed.
Talent for Intrigue
Was Jane Boleyn, aka Viscountess Rochford, a villain or a victim? One thing is certain: no other woman in the 16th century was as closely associated with as many dramatic events…