CHRISTMAS with a TWIST

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CHRISTMAS with a TWIST

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To quote one of my favorite Christmas songs: it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The magical sights, sounds and smells, the sacred spirit of togetherness; I just can’t wait for my favorite season. So, I don’t!

Quiet Power

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Quiet Power

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Only 11 days after he beheaded his second wife (the flamboyant Anne Boleyn), King Henry VIII married a pale, fair-haired maiden called Jane Seymour. Who exactly was this girl, and what had made the king so besotted with her? To this day, historians don’t quite know what to make of her.

Royal Halloween

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Royal Halloween

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Hooray for Halloween, that moment of the year you can transform into anyone you want to be! As a matter of fact, when it comes to uncovering my desires and expressing them in my looks, you could say that everyday is Halloween for me. It’s even the main principle behind all my designs: dare to be! So, this Halloween, why not dare to get inspired by my Queen Elizabeth collection and transform yourself into the queen you really are? Let’s rock your royalty!

Romantic Rebel

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Romantic Rebel

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how did your legend grow? So much more than just Elizabeth I’s older sister or the wicked ‘Bloody Mary’ who burned over 280 protestants at the stake, Mary Tudor (1516–1558) lived a life full of heartbreak, defiance and glorious triumph. Born the daughter of the notorious King Henry VIII and the Spanish Catherine of Aragon, the auburn-haired beauty grew up as a cultured Renaissance princess with a knack for languages and a passion for fashion.

Self-made Seductress

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Self-made Seductress

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Who was Anne Boleyn? Read the history books, and you get the facts: Anne Boleyn (1501- 1536) was the Tudor sister who became the Queen of England, the mother of Elizabeth I, and the tragic love of King Henry VIII who had her beheaded after only 1000 days of marriage. But read the countless poems, biographies and movie scripts, and you get the picture: by daring to dream, Anne Boleyn stubbornly and singlehandedly changed the course of history.

Lover & Survivor

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Lover & Survivor

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She is mostly known as ‘that other Boleyn Girl’ or ‘the Mistress of Kings’. But I see Mary Boleyn (1499/1500 – 1543) as a woman who dared to defy all the rules to follow her heart. In other words, a historical heroine in her own right.

True Queen

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True Queen

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Tudor (1516–1558) lived a life full of heartbreak, defiance and glorious triumph. Born the daughter of the notorious King Henry VIII and the Spanish Catherine of Aragon, the auburn-haired beauty grew up as a cultured Renaissance princess with a knack for languages and a passion for fashion.

Proud Mary

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Proud Mary

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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

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Talent for Intrigue

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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…

Queens at Arms

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Queens at Arms

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Of all the splendid performances in the movie ‘Elizabeth’ (1998), Fanny Ardant’s brief, but wickedly sexy portrayal of Mary of Guise is amongst my very favorites. In real life too, this French vixen may not have been as legendary as Elizabeth, but she was a feminist power house in her own right.

Natural sunscreen: safe & sensual?

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Natural sunscreen: safe & sensual?

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I truly believe that we are what we eat. But aren’t we also what we apply? On our skin, that is? After all, our skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs a large part -according to some studies as much as 64%- of what we put on it.

Art after #METOO

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Art after #METOO

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When Wim Pijbes became the Rijksmuseum’s director in 2008 (the most prestigious museum of The Netherlands), the first acquisition he made was my feminine feminist ‘Bare Bottom Dress’, comparing it with Mondriaan’s paintings and Rietveld’s iconic chair. A bold move, and typical for the dapper art historian with the rebellious streak who made the world news by breaking protocol and shaking hands with Barack Obama in front of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. As soon as the #MeToo movement hit the art world, I couldn’t wait to sit down with Wim and talk about the consequences of this historical event. « It all goes back to Eve picking the apple. »

QUEEN of pearls

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QUEEN of pearls

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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.

UNLOCK your potential

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UNLOCK your potential

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Marlies to Zilver: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? No, I’m not talking about a quick peek to check your make-up or a stolen glance at a reflective store window. REALLY take a look. Get in front of a mirror, close your eyes, then slowly open them. Can you see YOU in your reflection? Or are you too fixated on the things you don’t like; that wrinkle by your left eye or those 5 extra kilos? We all have our physical insecurities, and if you want to fix them, go ahead! But starting now, I challenge you to focus on REAL confidence. The kind of confidence that makes you see your inner beauty shine through. The kind that makes you look at yourself and go…: “Damn, I love this woman!”

NO ONE like me

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NO ONE like me

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As liberal and open-minded as Marlies Dekkers is now, during her childhood she was equally conservative. « Every night, I would be on my knees, praying my Hail Marys. » Still, that period is precious to her; it has shaped her into the power woman she is now. This year, Marlies celebrates being in business for 25 years, the perfect opportunity to look back at her milestones.

Governed by NO ONE

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Governed by NO ONE

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Flame-haired, brave-hearted and always dressed to dazzle, Elizabeth the First, also known as England’s ‘Virgin Queen’, is one of the most unforgettable women in history. Her glorious reign is known as The Golden Age ~ a period that saw the birth of Shakespeare, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the emergence of England as a world power. It lasted almost 45 years; Elizabeth’s legacy as a feminist icon however, has already spanned nearly 5 centuries. “My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”

Between king and QUEEN

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Between king and QUEEN

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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. »

BRAVE ballerina

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BRAVE ballerina

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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.”

FEARLESS fly GIRL

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FEARLESS fly GIRL

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Niatia (pronounce: ‘naah-tee-yah), also known by her stage name Lil Mama (28), is a fearless rapper, singer, dancer and actress from Brooklyn, New York. Her breakout hit ‘Lip Gloss’ came out in 2007, and since then she has been a celebrity judge on America’s Best Dance Crew, played Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez in VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and was most recently the lead actress in a movie called ‘When love kills; The Falicia Blakely story’. But it hasn’t always been a smooth ride…

GUTS & GLORY

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GUTS & GLORY

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Meet Viktoriya Isakova (41), a stunningly beautiful Russian actress who is not afraid to get down and dirty for her brave performances. Her film credits include ‘Tochka’ (2006), a movie about human trafficking and prostitution and ‘Mirrors’ (2013), in which she plays the tragic Marina Tsvetaeva, one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century. I talked to the winner of many (international) awards about ageing, lingerie, and the need to always stay true to yourself.

LUST for LIGHT

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LUST for LIGHT

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With her stunning staged photographs, Dutch artist Marie Cécile Thijs (1965) connects the past with the present in an intensely poetic, painterly way. Originally a lawyer, she decided more than fifteen years ago to follow her love for the camera. In just a short period of time, Marie Cécile became an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are included in the collections of museums like the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego. She has also presented her art at TEFAF (widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent fair of art and antiques), Art Miami and Photo Shanghai. For her signature series ‘White Collar’, Marie Cécile photographed the only surviving 17th-century pleated ruff in the world, then digitally added it to her models for an almost surreal, mesmerizing result.

BRAVE new style

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BRAVE new style

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From Li’l Mama’s spectacular makeover to singer Brandy’s unforgettable outfits, Hollywood stylist Michael Mann creates looks that turns women into the best, most powerful version of themselves. In other words: power dressing pursang. I talked to the über-stylist in LA to find out how he does it, and even managed to score a few tips…

HOTTER with her daughter

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HOTTER with her daughter

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“Every second of life should be as fabulous as possible’, Real Housewife of New York City, Sonja Morgan (54) likes to say. And sure enough, whatever the flamboyant designer/ entertainer/entrepreneur touches, becomes instantly glamorous. Even mother-hood! I asked the fearless vixen about sex, ageing, and how her daughter feels about her mother putting it all out there…

Fearless FUN

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Fearless FUN

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She started out as a contestant on the Norwegian version of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’; a few years later her debut single ‘Sunrise’ reached triple platinum status. But what makes Norwegian/Cuban star Alexandra Joner (27) such a feminine feminist icon is the fearless fun with which she expresses herself; in her singing and acting, but also in her fabulously sexy looks (often wearing marlies|dekkers, of course!). “I am fighting to make ‘sexy’ a positive thing!”

Effortless EXPRESSION

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Effortless EXPRESSION

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When I think of someone who is the embodiment of the highest level of expression, I have to think of German opera superstar Nadja Michael (47). This fearless feminine feminist is absolutely unforgettable in roles like Medea, Salomé and Lady Macbeth, performing phenomenally not just as a singer, but also a dancer and actress. How does she do it?

Selfmade STAR maker

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Selfmade STAR maker

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She grew up in a town with 3 traffic lights; now Lisa Benson represents some of the top names in the industry like Chanel Iman, Chrissy Teigen and Kelly Rohrbach. I met up with the IMG model manager to talk about the art of persistence and the importance of dreaming big. “I always trust my instinct.”

Dare to dazzle

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Dare to dazzle

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Karen Erickson is unique, with a mind as bright and sparkly as the fabulous, hand-crafted jewelry she designs for celebrity-fans like Madonna, Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé. I met the ‘Duchess of Fabulous’ in New York, where she dazzled me with her stories and enlightening insights. “One day, instead of falling in love with each other’s genetalia, we will fall in love with each other’s souls.”.

More than a mother

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More than a mother

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What is it like to have a mother who is more than a mother? I asked my own daughter Zilver (20) and realized: it takes more than a daughter.

Happy Women’s Day

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Happy Women’s Day

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Happy Women’s Day! I am extra excited about this edition, because wow, what a year it’s been for feminism! This is the year that we went global; that we showed up with our money, our bodies, our time and our voices to show the world: this is OUR time!

Floating gardens

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Floating gardens

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Did you know that Mexico City has its own Venice?  At only an hour’s drive from the fabulous chaos of the capital?

Did you know that Mexico City has its own Venice?  At only an hour’s drive from the fabulous chaos of the capital?

It’s called Xochimilco, meaning the ‘Place of the Flowers’ in Náhuatl, and floating down its famous green canals in a colorful, open air trajinera (gondola) while being serenaded by a band of trumpeting mariachis was one of the absolute highlights of my Mexico trip.

There I was, grooving to the infectious tunes, surrounded by relaxing locals and refreshment vendors offering delicious drinks and snacks from their boats: a Mexican fiesta on the water! This area, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where the Aztecs built fertile riverbeds called chinampas, on which they were able to grow crops, thereby creating ‘Floating Gardens’. So, when you watch your boatman propel your bright-colored trajinera forward by pushing his long wooden pole in the canal, remember: in Xochimilco, you are not just traveling through water, you are traveling through time.

The ART of eating well

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The ART of eating well

by marlies|dekkers

Loved by the food, fitness and fashion industries alike, sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley have taken the health and wellness industry by storm since launching their family-run wellness business in 2010 for people who want to live healthier, happier lives.

Sun, sand, sciccor kicks

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Sun, sand, sciccor kicks

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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.

I AM A FEMINIST.

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I AM A FEMINIST.

by marlies|dekkers

You know I’m a self-made woman who has made it my purpose to challenge women to dare. It’s an achievement I am immensely proud of, and for that reason, I am equally proud to label myself a feminist. But looking back more than a hundred years, I’m even prouder of the progress women have made together.

Proud FEMINIST STATEMENTS in velvet and lace

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Proud FEMINIST STATEMENTS in velvet and lace

by marlies|dekkers

One of Frida’s most potent weapons was her style. The more she was suffering, the more elaborate and regal she would dress. And so, you could often find Frida laid up in bed in a spectacular headdress and extravagant jewelry, looking like a surrealist vision and a folkloric Mexican queen.

She comes in COLORS

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She comes in COLORS

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Frida Kahlo used to say: “The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.” I asked Emma Gale (44), a delightful Australian painter with a passion for color and a fascination with Frida Kahlo to give me some tips and tricks: how to get those creative juices flowing? 

The art of love!

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The art of love!

by marlies|dekkers

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! 

Welcome to the garden of EARTHLY DELIGHTS

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Welcome to the garden of EARTHLY DELIGHTS

by marlies|dekkers

You may not think of Frida Kahlo as a typical gardener – can you imagine her in rubber boots? – but together with her beloved Diego she turned the garden of their ‘Casa Azul’ into a luscious paradise of locally sourced flora.

How to keep your heels and standards HIGH

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How to keep your heels and standards HIGH

by marlies|dekkers

Ruthie Davis is just like the amazing shoes she designs: daring, empowering and totally fabulous. After making Reebok hip again and completely revamping Uggs, she launched her own brand 10 years ago and quickly became the go-to designer for feminine feminists like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. I met up with the American style maven in New York where we discovered we have a lot in common. Ruthie: “Fashion can be a tough game! I’m proud to still be standing… in my six-inch heels!” 

Think eyebrows and a moustache?

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Think eyebrows and a moustache?

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Frida didn’t just accept her ‘masculine’ look, she exaggerated and cultivated it! In one famous family photo, a young Frida wears a three-piece menswear suit with so much ‘swagger’ that one thing becomes clear: at just 17 years old, Frida already knew how fashion can transform you into a living work of art.

The GREAT connector

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The GREAT connector

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It has become THE way to express yourself: social media. But how to best broadcast your message and maximize its potential? I asked the woman who foresaw the social media revolution and turned beauty- and fashion stylists into the new superstars: Brooke Wall.

La casa AZUL

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La casa AZUL

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Of all the vibrant colors Frida used in her paintings, blue conveyed her deepest emotions. “Cobalt blue is electricity and purity. It’s love,” the Mexican painter wrote in her journal.

Frida and I

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Frida and I

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It was love at first sight, the first time I saw Frida Kahlo as a young teen. Those stubborn brows, those voluptuous flowers; this was a colourful outsider, a feminine rebel with a feminist cause, just like me! And, although we lived more than a half century apart, I felt in my heart of hearts that we shared an insatiable hunger for life, art and love. But what would really shape me was the realization that Frida wasn’t ashamed of what made her different. As a matter of fact, she celebrated it! 

Up close and VERY PERSONAL with Frida Kahlo

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Up close and VERY PERSONAL with Frida Kahlo

by marlies|dekkers

What was Frida really like? To find out, I had an exclusive interview with the woman who was there when Frida’s bathroom filled with personal treasures was opened after more than 50 years: Hilda Trujillo, director of the Casa Azul in Mexico City. 

“Opening the archives allowed us to discover the most important thing: the human being behind the famous artist.” 

The unforgettable ‘The broken COLUMN’

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The unforgettable ‘The broken COLUMN’

by marlies|dekkers

As a child, polio crippled Frida’s right leg; as a teen, she was injured horrifically in a traffic accident. After that, Frida’s health would continue to deteriorate, causing her unbearable pain and forcing her to wear corsets for the rest of her life.

« I was born a bitch, I was born a painter »

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« I was born a bitch, I was born a painter »

by marlies|dekkers

This season, I celebrate the colorful life and art of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, selfie-queen avant la lettre and original bad-ass Feminine Feminist. With her paintings, Frida liberated feminine themes of identity, sexuality and fertility from their stigma. With her insatiable lust for life, she still encourages generations of women to shamelessly express themselves.

(English) Happy Holidays – ADVENT(UROUS)

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(English) Happy Holidays – ADVENT(UROUS)

by marlies|dekkers

Do you remember as a child, excitedly ripping open the first door of your Advent Calendar to get to the scrumptious secret within? Well, I created something for you to regain that delicious excitement… and more!

Coming home for xmas

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Coming home for xmas

by marlies|dekkers

Confession: I am a total Xmas fanatic. I LIVE for the holiday season. While my usual taste can best be described as austere and intellectual, come Christmas, I’m into kitsch. Big time. Bring on the glitter, the glühwein and the sentimental songs!

Embrace your dark side – get inspired for Halloween

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Embrace your dark side – get inspired for Halloween

by marlies|dekkers

Imagine if there were a night where it would be socially acceptable to indulge your deepest darkest dreams. An annual opportunity for women to dress like their sexual fantasies – be it a blood-thirsty vampire or a flirtatious nun – without getting ‘slut shamed’. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well there is a night just like that, and it happens to be one of my favorite moments of the year: Halloween.

My magic mold – nothing but the best for your boobs

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My magic mold – nothing but the best for your boobs

by marlies|dekkers

Let’s start with a little experiment. Take a marlies|dekkers bra and hold one of the cups by your ear. Squeeze it and let go. What did you hear? A gentle ‘pop’ as it bounced back? I like to compare it sound of a well-made car door closing, say that of a Mercedes. It’s subtle and right.

LA’s leading ladies in love with my lingerie!

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LA’s leading ladies in love with my lingerie!

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When it comes to feminine feminism, TV -with its new generation kick-ass leading ladies expressing my motto ‘Dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be’- is definitely where it’s at! So when I got invited to play a part in TV’s biggest night of the year, I grabbed my party heels and jetted off to Los Angeles.

One perfect day in the city of Angels

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One perfect day in the city of Angels

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I just love being an LA woman. There’s nothing like starting the day with a hike in the Hollywood Hills, followed by a green tea espresso, some vintage Gucci-hunting on Melrose, a dip in the ocean and a hot date at the Chateau Marmont. This is the place where I can go from being a fitgirl to a fashionista to a beach goddess to whatever the hell I want!

From marilyn’s guns to Gwyneth’s designer booty

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From marilyn’s guns to Gwyneth’s designer booty

by marlies|dekkers

So, strong is the new sexy. But is it really that new? Anyone who has seen pictures of Ginger Rogers’ killer legs or Marilyn Monroe lifting weights in her bikini knows that in Hollywood, fit has always been hot. A short history of the fit film diva.

Jennifer Finnigan | feminine feminist

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Jennifer Finnigan | feminine feminist

by marlies|dekkers

When I met Jennifer Finnigan in Los Angeles at our Emmy’s gift lounge, there was an immediate spark and connection. The Canadian actress, who is currently starring in the controversial TV drama Tyrant, turned out to be a lingerie-loving, feminine feminist with a noble mission: to revolutionize the TV world, one show at a time. But when she found out I was Dutch, she insisted on first telling me about her adventure in our own Red Light District.

Queen B’s mission

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Queen B’s mission

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Not only do I admire Swedish super stylist B. Akerlund (41) for creating some of the world’s most iconic looks – Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ video, Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show, Beyoncé swinging a bat in ‘that’ yellow dress – I also recognize in her a fellow Feminine Feminist. “My job? To make women strong, sexy and unstoppable.”

In bed with Arianne

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In bed with Arianne

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As far as I am concerned, there is only one heiress to Edith Head’s throne, and that is the magnificent Arianne Phillips (53), twice Oscar-nominated costume designer and Madonna’s favorite style-collaborator. Like Edith, she is a tastemaker and visionary in both film and fashion. And just like her legendary predecessor, she is a feminist icon in her own right. I had the rare chance to interview Arianne and ask her about Madonna, feminism in Hollywood and why she thinks lingerie is ‘everything’. “We definitely do NOT like to hide it!”

Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’

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Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’

by marlies|dekkers

In art school, many years ago during a nude model drawing class, I had a life changing insight: What if I, as an artist, used a woman’s body as my canvas? If you make a painting, someone will hang it on their wall. If you design a chair, someone will sit on it. But if you design lingerie, someone will wear it, and by doing so, complete your art! I had found my mission.

My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage

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My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage

by marlies|dekkers

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.

Mistress of transformation

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Mistress of transformation

by marlies|dekkers

Some people call her the most important figure in the history of Hollywood costume design, to others she is the style maven who showed millions of women how to dress for success. But to me, Edith Head will always be the mistress of transformation. In the words of one of her star friends: “If Cinderella had Edith Head, she’d never have needed a Fairy Godmother.”

Shake your bikini bonbons

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Shake your bikini bonbons

by marlies|dekkers

When you try on a bikini or swimsuit, you usually stand and watch yourself in a mirror, right? You might bend forward a little, turn around slowly to see the result from different angles, but that’s it. You like how it looks? You buy it.

The ultimate shop girls’ swimwear guide

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The ultimate shop girls’ swimwear guide

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Did you know that it takes about 10 minutes for the average marlies|dekkers customer to decide on a lingerie set, but well over an hour to choose a bathing suit or bikini? With these tips from my own swimwear experts you’ll shop like a pro.

Perfect with all your imperfections…

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Perfect with all your imperfections…

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Do you feel quite vulnerable on the beach? No wonder! Just think about it: you’re laying on your back, surrounded by strangers, and you’re wearing something minuscule that, just a few hundred meters down, on the boulevard, you wouldn’t be caught dead in! Simply put: the beach has its own set of rules.

My Golden Combination

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My Golden Combination

by marlies|dekkers

Ever wondered why you feel so amazing in my swimwear? So comfortable and confident, so safe yet so sexy? What is the secret? Well, it all started in art school, many years ago, during a nude model drawing class…

In the realm of seduction

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In the realm of seduction

by marlies|dekkers

The Japanese, more than anyone else, know how to elevate the art of sensuality and seduction to a higher level. There are actually several Japanese movies that changed my (sex-)life. ‘Warm water under a red bridge’ for example, broke the taboo of female ejaculation in the sweetest, most poetic way.

Fun Feminism Now

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Fun Feminism Now

by Sarah Meuleman

‘Why do you still date men if we’re all such unreliable cheating bastards?’ It’s nine a.m., I’m barely awake, staring with a hot coffee at the screen of my laptop, when the poisonous questions from a certain ‘J.’ shoot right at me. ‘Give it up, feminist pussy, why don’t you become a lesbian?’

Meet our new app and the woman behind it!

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Meet our new app and the woman behind it!

by marlies|dekkers

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of an app-addict. With my phone being an extension of myself, the apps on it make me feel like I’ve got the world at my fingertips: from the weather to the stars (tip: try SkyView, it’s a hand-held planetarium!) to those hard-to-get Charlotte Olympia heels.

Fake it to Make it

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Fake it to Make it

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‘She paints her face to hide her face,’ Arthur Golden wrote in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. And sure enough, traditional geisha make up, with its snow white face, deep crimson lips and dramatically black eyes and brows, has the effect of a mask.

The art of seduction

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The art of seduction

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No other woman on earth is as devoted to the art of seduction as the geisha. Just imagine: to be so masterful that you can cause accidents in the street with one simple gaze! So let’s learn from the best and re-awaken our inner femme fatale…

Yukata Couture

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Yukata Couture

by marlies|dekkers

All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalised 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.

Dreaming of Geisha

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Dreaming of Geisha

by Kjeld Duits

Geisha are surrounded by mystery. Even in Japan where this tradition was born. The parents of the young girls who choose this path, are often taken aback and shocked by their daughter’s choice.

Valentine’s top tip

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Valentine’s top tip

by marlies|dekkers

With Valentine’s Day coming up, let’s talk #seduceyourself. To me, the summum of seduction is driving a man insane, just by exposing a glimpse of your wrist while pouring him tea. Can you imagine?

Back to Black

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Back to Black

by marlies|dekkers

Cette petite robe noire qui embrasse vos courbes à la perfection, le classique Birkin noir, votre soutien-gorge noir idéal ; certains classiques vous font revenir au noir – back to black – encore et encore. Qu’est ce qui fait un objet classique ? Voici les raisons pour lesquelles j’ai créé mon soutien-gorge noir iconique.

Female ejaculation

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Female ejaculation

by marlies|dekkers

Does the G-spot exist? Well, the ancient Greeks knew exactly where to look…and it gave a special meaning to the term ‘nectar of the gods’.

Fighting the power in our underwear

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Fighting the power in our underwear

by marlies|dekkers

 

From the suffocating corset and the burned bra to Madonna’s iconic cone-bra; the three  feminist movements have all used lingerie as a symbol for the cause. So, what’s next?

Waking up the Goddess in you

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Waking up the Goddess in you

by Marlies Dekkers

The goddess is back! From Nigella Lawson, self-acclaimed ‘Domestic Goddess’, to Jennifer Lopez whose (much younger)
lover adoringly talks about his ‘Sex Goddess’. And how about women everywhere using the term to affirm their sisterhood,
as in: ‘You go, goddess!’?

Finally Meeting Athena

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Finally Meeting Athena

by Marlies Dekkers

Once upon a time, goddess Athena outsmarted Poseidon, god of the sea, and had the most desirable city of Ancient Greece named after her. Visiting this powerhouse of female energy turned out to be an epic journey…

I believe a girl can never have too many bras

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I believe a girl can never have too many bras

by Marlies Dekkers

From the moment I start designing a bra until it is actually in the stores, takes about three years. The high quality standards and design techniques of marlies|dekkers lingerie need a development time like no other lingerie brand.

WIN my beach essentials!

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WIN my beach essentials!

by Marlies Dekkers

I love the beach and when it comes to my beach bag, I’m incredibly organised. A day spent in the sun, sand and waves? I’ve got the essentials! And now you have a chance to WIN my favourites!

Holi Glamour

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Holi Glamour

by Marlies Dekkers

The Holi Glamour collection by Marlies Dekkers is designed for true glamourettes. Taking inspiration from India’s famous spring festival, Holi, it brings to life the season that waves Winter goodbye and throws Spring and Summer the most wonderful of welcome parties.

The ultimate shopgirls’ swimwear guide

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The ultimate shopgirls’ swimwear guide

by Marlies Dekkers

Did you know that it takes about 10 minutes for the average M|D customer to decide on a lingerie set, but well over an hour to choose a bathing suit or bikini? With these tips from my own swimwear experts you’ll shop like a pro.

Why Turning 50 Rocks!

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Why Turning 50 Rocks!

by marlies|dekkers

‘It took me 50 years to look this good.’ I always smile when I see that quote on t-shirts and birthday cards. Because you know what? It did take me 50 years to look and feel this good! Here’s how…

The Story: Calamity Jane

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The Story: Calamity Jane

by Marlies Dekkers

Galloping through the great outdoors with the wind in your hair, not knowing what lies ahead is what keeps you going… Awaken Your Senses.

The Story: Femme Fatale

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The Story: Femme Fatale

by Marlies Dekkers

Erotically charged, you remain in total control as you paint the town red, no matter what the night throws your way…Awaken Your Senses

Horny on Demand

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Horny on Demand

by Marlies Dekkers

What if there really was a machine or gadget that could turn you on with just a click? Well, one legendary Italian cartoonist made that idea look very sexy indeed…

Chanel & Paris. L’accord parfait.

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Chanel & Paris. L’accord parfait.

by Marlies Dekkers

Une alliance fabuleuse pour la femme avant-gardiste

J’adore Chanel ! Et cela va bien plus loin que de convoiter le dernier sac ou un t-shirt avec le fameux logo. J’aime l’esprit de la marque et la légende iconique qui se cache derrière : Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.

Voici ce que Coco répondit au duc de Westminster, l’un des hommes les plus riches d’Europe, qui lui demandait sa main : « Il y a eu plusieurs duchesses de Westminster, mais il n’y a qu’une seule Chanel. » Avec son style, son mode de vie et ses créations, elle mit tout en œuvre pour libérer les femmes.

Elle bannit les corsets, inventa la petite robe noire, et proposa à la femme active un uniforme stylé et pratique : le tailleur Chanel. Elle prouva que le luxe n’avait pas besoin d’apparats. Avec ses cheveux courts, son mode de vie sportif et son indépendance financière, elle a invité les femmes à célébrer leur féminité d’une façon radicalement novatrice et sexy.

J’ai acheté mon premier article Chanel il y a environ 10 ans : une paire de ses légendaires souliers bicolores (la version hauts talons, naturellement). À chaque fois que je les porte, j’admire la façon dont Coco a su allier le beige au noir si contrasté de l’embout, provoquant un effet flatteur unique, raccourcissant mon pied et allongeant ma jambe. C’est exactement ce que je veux offrir aux femmes avec ma marque marlies|dekkers : le confort et la classe, mais aussi et surtout : la confiance de pouvoir conquérir le monde.

Les femmes sur le devant de la scène : vive la France !

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Les femmes sur le devant de la scène : vive la France !

by Marlies Dekkers

J’aime faire du sport pour réguler à la fois mon humeur et mon tonus, mais aussi – et surtout – parce que cela me permet d’être au top dans ma robe Dolce & Gabana très près du corps. Quand je pense qu’à une certaine époque, les gens étaient persuadés que la pratique du sport rendrait les femmes moins féminines ! Je n’invente rien :les femmes n’ont pas pu participer aux premiers Jeux olympiques d’Athènes en 1896 car leur apparition y était jugée « peu pratique, inintéressante, inesthétique et incorrecte ». Ces mots sont du président des Jeux olympiques lui-même : le baron Pierre de Coubertin.

 

Fort heureusement, il n’eut pas son mot à dire à propos des participants aux Jeux olympiques de Paris, préparés 4 ans plus tard par les organisateurs de l’Exposition universelle. C’est ainsi que la France autorisa 22 femmes à participer dans 5 disciplines : le tennis, la voile, le croquet, l’équitation et le golf. Pas une plainte, pas une manifestation : un grand pas pour le féminisme !

C’est fou le chemin qu’on a fait depuis les anciens Jeux où les femmes étaient alors le prix (!) attribué dans les courses de chars, ce qui ne veut pas dire que la parité soit encore atteinte. Nous savons que les femmes ont participé à plus de 44 pour cent aux jeux olympiques de Londres de 2012, bien plus que les 23 pour cent des jeux de Los Angeles en 1984 et que les 13 petits pour cent des Jeux de Tokyo de 1964. Mais avant 2012, trois pays musulmans n’avaient jamais envoyé d’athlète féminine : le Qatar, Brunei et l’Arabie Saoudite. Ils n’ont cédé que sous la pression du Comité olympique.

J’ai l’espoir de voir le sport féminin recevoir un jour l’attention médiatique qu’il mérite, et les athlètes le même soutien que leurs collègues masculins. En attendant ce jour, je dédie mes exercices quotidiens aux héroïnes en jupe culotte des JO de Paris de 1900 !

Behind the Brand: Miranda

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Behind the Brand: Miranda

by Marlies Dekkers

Miranda is much more than my right hand. She has been making my (design) dreams come true for over 15 years. But what does she think of me?

Get to Know: Elizabeth Holmes

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Get to Know: Elizabeth Holmes

by Faye van Spijk

“I want to create a whole new technology – one that is aimed at helping humanity at all levels regardless of geography or ethnicity or age or gender”. Get to know Elizabeth Holmes.

A Boob Experiment

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A Boob Experiment

by Marlies Dekkers

“Please draw your own breasts and write one sentence explaining how you feel about them,” I asked 15 great women working for marlies|dekkers….

Public Support for Women

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Public Support for Women

by Kiki Atwaroe

Mark Zuckerberg’s mission to destigmatise miscarriages by speaking about them openly got us thinking. How often do we see men in the public eye openly supporting women? It wasn’t hard to find and we’ve got a couple great examples!

#FreeTheNipple

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#FreeTheNipple

by Marlies Dekkers

What is erotic? Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook and gatekeeper of online content) may think just a nipple does the trick, but I believe that sometimes it takes more than a naked body to arouse erotic desire.

The Perfect Fit: Shake Your Bon Bons!

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The Perfect Fit: Shake Your Bon Bons!

by Marlies Dekkers

When you try on a bra, you usually stand and watch yourself in a mirror, right? You might bend forward a little, turn around slowly to see the bra from different angles, but that’s it. You like how it looks? You buy it.

Sun, sand, scissor kicks

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Sun, sand, scissor kicks

by Marlies Dekkers

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.

Coco crazy

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Coco crazy

by Marlies Dekkers

Stranded on a deserted island? No problem! As long as I have a huge jar of organic virgin coconut oil with me. Let me tell of the many ways I use this multi-tasking miracle.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

by Marlies Dekkers

What does it mean to you to be a mother or a daughter? I find it very hard to punt into words, but a few years ago, I had a chance to put it into images.

Bikini babe at 80

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Bikini babe at 80

by Marlies Dekkers

Bikinis should only be worn by skinny young women, right? Wrong! My own mother proved that you’re never too old to overcome your bikini-fear.

Holi Vintage

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Holi Vintage

by Marlies Dekkers

My Holi Vintage collection is designed for classical beauties. The rich continuity of Indian history inspired me.

Neptune’s bikini code

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Neptune’s bikini code

by Marlies Dekkers

You know that feeling? The closer you get to the sea, the stronger the urge to undress. But you don’t need to lose yourself completely..

Holi Gypsy

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Holi Gypsy

by Marlies Dekkers

My Holi Gypsy collection is designed for all my fun-loving gypsies. The colourful powders of India’s famous spring festival Holi inspired me.

Sexy Saffron

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Sexy Saffron

by Marlies Dekkers

Meet my latest spice obsession: saffron. A bright red spice so sensual and precious, I like to call it the Louboutin of the spice world.

Why I’m into slow fashion

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Why I’m into slow fashion

by Marlies Dekkers

It cost 800 Dutch guilders, my entire monthly wages, but I never felt anything like it. The silk on my skin, the cut, the details. I was heartbroken when I had to take it off.

Mira Nair in 5 quotes

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Mira Nair in 5 quotes

by Marlies Dekkers

I love women who give convention the middle finger, especially when they do so in a creative, elegant way. Meet one of my heroes, Indian director-writer-producer Mira Nair.

Meet my favorite Indian designer

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Meet my favorite Indian designer

by Marlies Dekkers

Stars like Rihanna, M.I.A and Katy Perry go gaga for Manish Arora, and so do I! Meet the designer who has built a global following while staying unapologetically Indian.