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DUTCH Q&A FINAL PART: MODEL TON HEUKELS

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EVERY NOW AND AGAIN A MODEL COMES ALONG WHO CAPTURES PEOPLES IMAGINATION.

WITH HIS LONG BLONDE HAIR, BEE STUNG LIPS AND PRETTY BUT ALSO MASCULINE FEATURES, TON HEUKELS HAS COMPLETELY FITTED THE BILL OF THE NEW 70’S MOVIE STAR MODEL.

I had the absolute pleasure of first meeting this extra charming young man in 2012 when he had just burst onto the fashion scene. Together with a couple of other models, we headed up state with photographer Laurie Bartley and stylist Tom Van Dorpe for a weekend of adventure and rock climbing. The shoot was for V Man Magazine and we all stayed overnight, and yes,  we did actually rock climb and quite hairy it was too at times…. it was an amazing experience with a great team of people. Ton was lovely to be around, hang out with and have a drink with after shooting.

I next saw Ton in London a year later on a shoot for British Vogue with model of the moment Arizona Muse. He was as lovely as ever, and also very funny. He made me laugh.

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Cut to earlier this year and I saw Ton twice at work in the space of a couple weeks, one shoot for Flair Magazine and another for British Vogue. Both shoots were trips away, so we got to hang out again. On the shoot for British Vogue Ton was joined by Dutch Model Julie Hoomans, another lovely person also.

I decided to ask them both if they would do a Q&A for me for my blog, and right there and then, the idea was born to do a Month of Dutch.  It suddenly dawned on me how many people I knew and had met who work in fashion and are from the Netherlands.

Now the reason why Ton is actually the last of my Dutch Q&A’s is purely because I’ve run them in alphabetical order. So he was the first to be asked but the last to go live, but most certainly not the least.

As Ton answers the questions you will see how funny he is and also how charming. so take it away Mr Heukels……..

TON IS YOUR NICKNAME. WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME AND WHERE DID ‘TON ‘ COME FROM.?

My full name is Teunis Fernand Heukels. In my family its kind off a tradition to name all the men Ton, which caused a lot of confusion at the dinner table as you can imagine.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

I wanted to be a pilot, have you ever seen the movie Catch Me If You Can ?  They get all the action!

HOW DID YOU BEGIN MODELLING?

I was looking for a pizza in Milan and a small Italian lady on high heels started following me, I thought this is exactly how they recruit spies in the movies, turned out she wanted to ask me if I wanted to be a model

TON’S MAGAZINE COVERS

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IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?

Arnold Schwarzeneger, who doesn’t want to be the terminator!

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

The Hague in the Netherlands

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I’d make the supermarkets sell Snapple, have you tried that stuff?

DID YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE FASHION INDUSTRY OR HAVE ANY INTEREST IN FASHION BEFORE YOU WERE APPROACHED TO BE A MODEL?

No, if you see how I used to dress, you’d agree with me

I KNOW YOU’RE A KEEN MOUNTAIN CLIMBER, IN FACT THE FIRST SHOOT WE WORKED TOGETHER ON WAS A ROCK CLIMBING SHOOT, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THAT FOR AND WHAT OTHR SPORTS DO YOU LIKE?

I’ve been doing that for about 6 years, I did judo for 15 years, I snowboard a lot, and I love to play basketball

TON IN THE ROCK CLIMBING SHOOT I WORKED ON WITH HIM FOR V MAN MAGAZINE BY LAURIE BARTLEY  

( BTW: THIS IS NOT PHOTOSHOPPED, THIS IS AN ACTUAL ROCK FACE) 

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BEING A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER YOU MUST BE PRETTY FEARLESS, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU HAVE A FEAR OF AND WOULD YOU CLIMB EL CAPITAN’S ‘DAWN WALL’, THE 914 METRE SHEER GRANITE ROCK FACE IN CALIFORNIA’S YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CONSDIERED THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ROCK CLIMB?

Have you ever tried climbing stairs after a legs workout day, El Capitan is nothing compared to that! And yes, there is one thing I’m very afraid of. I know I know, you’d probably think that someone who’s this muscular, this reckless would be fearless, but no, the one thing that can make me scream like a little girl, except hitting my little toe on furniture, is spiders. 8 legs, 8 eyes, they’re the scariest things on earth!

ON ANOTHER NOTE COMPLETELY, LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS, (HAIR/ SKIN/BODY)

Do nail clippers count?

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW (MUSIC, FASHION, ART, FOOD)

I’m listening to a lot of jazz music, but not the weird atonal stuff, but the swingin funky stuff and I’m reading a lot from Gabriel Garcia Marquez

SOME OF TON’S WORK

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DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS?

I wish, but nope, not yet

WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?

I’m a huge Rolling Stones fan, me and my Dad used to go on long drives and play nothing but Stones music

I KNOW YOU’RE A GOOD DANCER AND YOU TOLD ME YOU LEARNT A LOT FROM WATCHING YOU TUBE VIDEOS, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE, MOVE THAT YOU TAUGHT YOURSELF?

I call it Ton’s patented techno hipshake. Do you remember when Michael Jordan did that dunk from the free throw line? Well, this is to dancing what that was to basketball

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IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE ONLY 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE? ****PLEASE NOTE: ONE WHOLE ALBUM CAN BE CLASSED AS 1 SONG, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE 10 ALBUMS IF YOU PREFER *** (EXPLAIN IF YOU WANT TO, WHY YOU CHOSE THEM)

I’d take Let It Bleed and Exile on the Main St. By the Stones, best albums ever made, period.

I’d bring Summerjam 2003 with me, the best Summer song ever!

I’d bring Escape by Rupert Holmes’ with me for when I’m sipping pina colada’s

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, I don’t think this needs any explanation

Call On Me, greatest hits by Janis Joplin, finally a greatest hits that really has the greatest hits.

The Complete Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve, their best stuff!

Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd, I don’t think this needs any explanation either.

Led Zeppelin, 4, filled with nothing but epicness!

I’m gonna cheat now, because I cant choose, so numbers 10 are the Bands greatest hits of ELO’ and  50 Cents Get Rich or Die Tryin’, who doesn’t love to put on some Fiddy!

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IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?

I went to Antigua two months ago, that place was heaven on earth, so there for sure!

MASTERMIND IS AN ICONIC BRITSH TV QUIZ SHOW WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE QUESTIONED FOR 2 MINUTES ON THEIR CHOSEN SPECIALISED SUBJECT. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SPECIALISED SUBJECT IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT?

Music or 1920s and 1930s airmail, yes, i used to collect airmail, i was a bonafide nerd back in the day

WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Disney Pixar movies

MORE OF TON’S WORK

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IN A FILM OF YOUR LIFE, WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU?

Brad Pitt, who doesn’t want Brad Pitt to play them, he’d make me look so much cooler

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

Oo, eeee, tough question, uhm, I don’t really have a favorite designer, but I’d wear anything that’s comfy!

YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM? (IT CAN BE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T SEE YET) IF NOT FILMS, THEN WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE?

The Big Lebowski –  if God was a movie, this would be it!

Fight Club –  gotta love Tyler Durden!

The Usual Suspects, that ending……… !!

Up, best Pixar movie, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love it.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, its a movie where a truck that can transform into a giant fighting robot is fighting off evil with a giant sword, whilst riding a giant robotic T-Rex! Need I say more!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?

Anything with chocolate in it! Preferably anything with M&Ms

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.

Muscles

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WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?

A lion.  Lions sleep most of the day, but are still considered king of the jungle, that sounds like a great deal!

WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE (THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE)

Abraham Lincoln, Michael Bay, Robert Johnson and Tommy cooper, that should make for some interesting stuff

DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?

Michael Bay movies, I have a weakness for explosions and big fighting robots

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WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?

I’m in a plane on my way home right now, so home is where I’m gonna be next

NAME ANY TYPE OF PRODUCT IE: FOOD, TOYS, CLOTHES, OR COSMETICS ETC THAT YOU ONCE LOVED BUT IS NOW EITHER DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND

We used to have these sugarsigarettes, where you’d inhale sugar instead of all the stuff thats in sigarettes, it tasted great and we thought it looked badass!

 TONA HUGE THANK YOU TO TON AND TO ALL WHO’VE PARTICIPATED IN MY MONTH OF DUTCH. 

IF YOU’VE MISSED ANY OF MY Q&A’S JUST GOOGLE “NEIL MOODIE, DUTCH MONTH” AND THEY SHOULD ALL COME UP OR YOU CAN GO BACK THROUGH MY BLOG POSTS FOR JUNE AND YOU’LL SEE THEM ALL. 

SEE YOU ALL NEXT MONTH………

DUTCH MONTH Q&A PART 10: MAKE UP ARTIST SIL BRUINSMA

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Fairly quiet, calm,  unassuming but incredibly talented and with a strong point of view on make-up and fashion  is how I’d describe this Dutch make-up artist.

I’ve worked with Sil on a few occasions recently including one of the cover shoots of  the latest Double Magazine with top model Irina Shayk,  shot by Roe Ethridge and styled by Marie Chaix,

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Beginning in Amsterdam then moving to Paris and finally New York, Sil has slowly worked his way up the fashion ladder being currently represented by Streeters Agency in New York and working for the likes of Martin Margiela and Thom Brown on their fashion shows plus shooting for Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, W Magazine, iD Magazine and Dazed and Confused with some of the best up and coming talent in fashion right now.

I’m going to let Sil explain the rest of his meteoric rise in his Q&A below……….

 

HOW AND WHEN DID YOU BEGIN TO DO MAKE-UP?

I hung out with this group of dancers and kids who worked in the clubs back in Amsterdam in the nineties and I became really good friends with one of them who had moved on to being a succesful makeup artist. To me his job seemed totally glamorous and I started assisting him. He taught me a lot about make-up and when he moved out of the country I took over some of his clients and that’s when things started to happen.

 

 IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?

Andy Warhol. For a night.

 

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I live in New York.

 

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU MOVE TO NEW YORK? 

After several years of working in Amsterdam I decided it was time for me to look abroad. I started out in Paris and when things moved too slow for me there, I packed my bags and moved to New York. I had always been attracted to New York and it was great to now have, besides a desire, a real reason to start a life here.

 

 IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Shorter winters.

 

YOU GREW UP IN THE NETHERLANDS, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE AND DO YOU FEEL IT INFLUENCES YOUR WORK IN ANYWAY? 

I grew up in small town about an hour north of Amsterdam. I was always drawn to the city, so as a kid I tried to go there as often as I could. Moving to Amsterdam at 18 had a big impact on me. I met so many different people and spending those early years in such a free and liberal environment has really influenced my interests and view on things. And naturally this translates into my work and the type of people I collaborate with.

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THERE’S NOW A BIG INFLUX OF PEOPLE IN FASHION COMING OUT OF THE NETHERLANDS, DO YOU THINK THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT OR IS IT COINCIDENTAL? 

There’s always been a small amount of Dutch people working behind the scenes in fashion. But what you see now is this invasion of Dutch models, girls ánd boys, who are being booked on high-end editorial jobs or to represent leading fashion brands. I think a lot of it has to do with an overall shift in the industry towards a healthier aesthetic. Dutch girls are usually quite sporty and this translates into a body that’s more toned compared to what we saw a few years ago. And of course they are all pretty tall.

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE DUTCH FASHION?

That’s a tough one because there aren’t that many Dutch fashion brands. Unlike our neighbors in Belgium, we’ve never had a real support system, or the infrastructure, for designers who wanted to start their own line. There’s of course Viktor & Rolf and Iris Van Herpen who are influential and they did a great job in building their own brand. Then there is a number of very succesful Dutch designers who work for fashion brands in Italy, France and the US, but I find it hard to identify a style that could be described as examplary of Dutch fashion.

 

DO YOU THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT TO INTRODUCE VOGUE NEDERLANDS, WHICH LAUNCHED ONLY IN 2012, AND MORE RECENTLY HARPERS BAZAAR?

I think it’s fantastic that they introduced Vogue Netherlands and a Dutch version of Harper’s Bazaar. There is definitely a lot more interest in fashion than say 10 years ago. Maybe this interest and the money it generates will also amount to more Dutch designers striking out on their own and trying to take their brands global. My friend Ronald van der Kemp has just started his own “demi-couture” line and besides having the international press like WWD and French Vogue write about this, it’s great to see that he also has the support of Harper’s and Vogue Netherlands. I think they could play a big role in putting emerging Dutch fashion labels on the map.

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OWN  WORK ?

As a makeup artist you’re working for a diverse range of clients and you always have to take their wishes into consideration. What they come to me for I think, is that I will do my best to translate these requests into a makeup that has a graphic and clean element to it. That way it feels modern to me. Even when I’m doing a very feminine makeup, I think my vision of beauty is more on the bolder side of the spectrum.

 

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW (MUSIC, FASHION, ART, FOOD)

I just finished this great Amazon Prime series; Transparant. I’m right in the middle of Season 3 House of Cards and I’m gearing up for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS?

No, I’m away from home too much.

 

WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?

I was a big Motown fan as a kid. Particularly, no surprise there, Diana Ross. I actually was a contributing writer of the International Diana Ross Fanclub at age 14! My taste in music has ofcourse evolved over the years, but I saw her perform again a couple of weeks ago here in New York. She’s still got it. One of a kind.

 

LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS. ( CAN BE HAIR/ SKIN/ BODY/ PERFUME) 

  1. Madina Milano Chic & Shine stick
  2. MUN No1 Brightening Youth Serum
  3. Armani Luminous Silk foundation
  4. Shiseido Natural Eyebrow pencil in Deep Brown or Ash Blond
  5. Clé de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick in Velvet finish

 

IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE ONLY 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE? ****PLEASE NOTE: ONE WHOLE ALBUM CAN BE CLASSED AS 1 SONG, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE 10 ALBUMS IF YOU PREFER *** (EXPLAIN IF YOU WANT TO, WHY YOU CHOSE THEM)

OK, kind of impossible, but here’s an idea..

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

My Forbidden Lover – Chic

Love Theme From Chinatown

Regulate – Warren G

Ride – Lana Del Rey

By Your Side (Neptunes Remix) – Sade

Money Trees – Kendrick Lamar

Love Hangover – Diana Ross

Jamming – Bob Marley and The Wailers

Pennies from Heaven – Inner city

 

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?

A 3000 square ft Tribeca loft, circa 1983.

 

MASTERMIND IS AN ICONIC BRITSH TV QUIZ SHOW WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE QUESTIONED FOR 2 MINUTES ON THEIR CHOSEN SPECIALISED SUBJECT.  WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SPECIALISED SUBJECT IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT?

Photography

 

WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Broad City, Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock, Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, the scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Meryl Streep reads Anne Hathaway for not knowing that her sweater is “cerulean” instead of blue.

 

IN A FILM OF YOUR LIFE, WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU?

Uhm, what about Jamie Dornan?

 

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

My style is very simple; James Perse, Martin Margiela, Nike running shoes, RRL jeans, JCrew button downs.

 

YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM? (IT CAN BE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T SEE YET) IF NOT FILMS, THEN WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE?

I’ll take Blade Runner with me. It’s my all time favorite.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING YOU LIKE TO COOK?

Quick & easy: stir fries.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?

I’m not that big on desserts.

 

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.

Libran

 

WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE (THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE)

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Helmut Newton

Grace Jones

Gianni Versace

 

DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?

Dutch licorice

 

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT? 

Costa Rica

 

NAME ANY TYPE OF PRODUCT IE: FOOD, TOYS, CLOTHES, OR COSMETICS ETC THAT YOU ONCE LOVED BUT IS NOW EITHER DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND

I miss those classic, 90’s Helmut Lang jeans.

 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO SIL.

LAST BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST IN MY MONTH OF DUCTH Q&A’S IS MALE SUPER MODEL TON HEUKELS……….. BE SURE TO POP BACK TO READ THIS VERY FUNNY GUYS ANSWERS………

MODELS N’ STUFF – DUTCH SPECIAL: SASKIA DE BRAUW

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Saskia de Brauw, born 19 April 1981 is a Dutch artist and model.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sasha on a few occasions, and she is one of the most inspiring and interesting people to be around.

Again, like Doutzen Kroes and Lara Stone, I couldn’t track her down to do a Q&A for my Dutch month so I’m featuring her like the other 2 in my “Models N Stuff” Dutch special.

After an early start in the fashion world, she left modelling at 16 to pursue her interest in art, studying  at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She returned to modelling at the age of 29 and was featured on two Vogue covers in the same month. Photographed by Mert and Marcus for then Editor in Chief Carine Roitfeld’s final cover of  French Vogue in March 2011, and in the same month featured on the cover of Italian Vogue photographed by the maestro himself Steven Meisel.

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She has featured in Givenchy, Max Mara, Prada, Fendi, Chanel, Loewe, Lanvin and Armani campaigns to name a few,  with her short haircut and beautiful androgynous looks making her the edgy model of the moment when she returned to the fashion scene.

In her artwork Saskia explores the relationship between the physical body and its surroundings. Her work encompasses both photography and installation, as well as written verse and prose

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DUTCH MONTH Q&A PART 9, HAIRSTYLIST RUTGER.

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Introducing Dutch Hair Maestro Rutger 

I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Rutger but like Mo Karadag,  the Dutch Uber agent at Paparazzi models in Amsterdam, hairstylist Christiaan suggested I should interview Rutger for my Dutch month.

Now living in New York and represented by Streeters Agency,  Rutger has established himself as one of the top hairstylists of our generation.  I managed to track him down and he agreed to do my Q&A. ( Hoorah!!)

So as not to make any mistakes about the man himself,  I’ve lifted the information below from Rutger’s Biography on his website www.rutgerhair.com

Born in the Netherlands on September 6th 1975, Rutger began his career in Amsterdam at a young age. After graduating at the Dutch Hairdressing Academy and the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, Rutger worked in salons for a couple of years before moving his work into the studio.
Working as a trusted assistant to master hairstylist Guido Palau, it wasn’t long before he learned the ins and outs of the international fashion industry.
Being the son of a painter/sculptor, Rutger always has been surrounded by different forms of art.
Inspired by the art of fashion and his sensibility and passion with regards to beauty, he finds in hair the ultimate material with which to create.
In his career, Rutger has collaborated with some of the industry’s most talented photographers, including Richard Burbridge, Camilla Akrans, Daniel Jackson and Mark Segal among many others. His work has appeared in magazines such as Vogue (Italia, Espana, Germany) V Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and Another Magazine.

And so moving on,  I’ll let Rutger take it away with his Q&A …………. Intertwined amongst his answers is some of his work.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP.

A world traveler. I always wanted to discover different places, see and do new things. I’ve always felt that I wanted to experience as many of the good things life has to offer.

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW.

In 1991 When was 16, I dropped out of high school. Probably because school didn’t inspire me at all. I sometimes hung out with a friend who was a hairdresser. He was a few years older than me and used to cut my hair in the salon. They always played good music, sometimes there was a DJ mixing Chicago house records and there were a lot of cool young people getting their hair done or just hanging out to drink some wine or smoke a joint. It was one of those places that worked as a magnet for a certain crowd.

I thought it was a work environment that was a lot nicer than an office and I think this was the time that I considered becoming a hairdresser myself. After a few years of being an apprentice, I became a junior stylist and a little later became a sylist. From Amsterdam, I went to London and attended the Vidal Sassoon academy. Around that time I got to know people who worked as session hairdressers in fashion. When I returned to Amsterdam I started to assist some of the ones that were doing freelance jobs for magazines like Elle, Marie Claire etc. And if they would have a job in Paris, I would go with them too. This laid the foundation of my own career as a freelance hairstylist. Around 2003 I was represented by a small agency in Paris and my agent introduced me to work as an assistant on the hair team of Guido Palau. After being on his team for 4 years doing the shows, I got to know some people in the fashion industry that introduced me to their friends in NYC. Ever since I read the book ‘models manual’ in 1992 from Artur Elgort it was always one of my dreams to come and live in this city.

I found it really great that a Dutch hairstylist ‘Christiaan’ had made such a big career over 25 years for himself in the US doing what he does.

In the early 90’s when I started doing hair, the profession as a session hairstylist in the Netherlands was still considered a very exclusive job where only few people were allowed to work in.

So I have both Christiaan and Guido among to ones to thank, for they both inspired me to develop my professional career outside the Dutch borders.   

 

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?

Painter/ Musician / artist ‘Herman Brood’

I used to do his hair for a while, a great spirit. I guest played guitar on a house track for a producer ‘Olav Basoski’ in Amsterdam, Herman heard the track in the salon I was working in. He liked the track and asked me if we could exchange records, so he gave me one of his albums in return for the vinyl where I played on. (Look him up: Herman brood and his wild romance). Besides being a great musician, he was an amazing painter too!

 

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

 

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The weather. Winters can be quite long here and the summers are short, hot and muggy

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YOU GREW UP IN THE NETHERLANDS, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE AND DO YOU FEEL IT INFLUENCES YOUR WORK IN ANYWAY?

I had a good time growing up in Holland. I had many friends and was very much into Music and sports. I played guitar in a band, played soccer until I was 17 and got into kickboxing after that. Most of the country exists out of farm land, but we also have Amsterdam. The country side plus this great city, with everything it had to offer, it gave us kids all we needed to entertain ourselves.

 

THERE’S NOW A BIG INFLUX OF PEOPLE IN FASHION COMING OUT OF HOLLAND, DO YOU THINK THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT OR IS IT COINCIDENTAL?

In the twentieth century, Dutch design has evolved. Besides, for instance, architecture and modern dance, design has become another area where the Netherlands excels internationally. As a result, current Dutch graphic design, fashion design, product design, interior design and furniture design are in the spotlight.

The emergence of an internationally recognized Dutch design scene has been fueled by a strong educational system for designers. The Artez academy for the arts has produced a few well-known designers. Probably Victor and Rolph are the most famous. But of the younger generation, couture designer like Iris van Herpen is a rising star.  

Then of course we have the Dutch Supermodels Lara Stone and Doutzen, Photographer Duo Inez and Vinoodh and Hair hero Christiaan plus the Jeans brands G-Star and Scotch and Soda

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE DUTCH FASHION?

Powerful. Usually very direct

 

DO YOU THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT TO INTRODUCE VOGUE NEDERLANDS, WHICH LAUNCHED ONLY IN 2012 AND NOW HARPERS BAZAAR TOO?

For a small country like the Netherlands I don’t necessarily see the importance of two such magazines competing for practically the same market share. But I guess that doesn’t matter to them. In the late 90’s and 2000’s there was Dutch Magazine. That was an iconic magazine that featured some of the best fashion stories in the world and where an inspiration to many. People like Corinne Day, Mario Sorrenti, Inez and Vinoodh were shooting for this magazine and together with stylists, hair and m-up artists they created stories that were not dictated by the magazine, but the magazine provided a platform for their art. Those magazines have become fewer, but a magazine of that sort would be a more inspiring option next to the Dutch version of Vogue than the Dutch version of Harpers Bazaar.

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LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS. ( CAN BE HAIR/ SKIN/ BODY/ PERFUME)  

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray

Tigi Dry Shampoo

Oribe hair serum

Elnett hairspray

Sumotec Bumble and Bumble
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OWN WORK?

I’m not a stylist who has one signature. I think especially here in NY it helps to be versatile, because clients range from Koreans to French. A few of my best work assets are probably that I’m technical, what allows me to execute any hairstyle and that I understand what clients are looking for. 

 

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART,  FOOD)

Music wise I appreciate a lot of different genres. From Rock to Techno, from Disco to Soul.

 

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?

Maybe Barcelona Spain. I love that city, the weather over there. Quality of life, beautiful architecture, and so close to the sea. I’ve spend 6 months in Spain when I was 18 years old and I have great memories of that time, so maybe that’s also why I appreciate it so much.   

 

WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP- ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW

I loved the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They brought a new sound to the world. Coming from punk, mixing it with funk. This was incredible. I also had some friends that liked listening to punk bands like Exploited , but I was definitely a bit more on the funk, rock, grunge side, although I also went to a concert of the Cure at some point. Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Supertramp, were among my favorite bands, when I was playing guitar and tried to become as good as them. But when that didn’t seem to happen and I heard house music for the first time, I gave up that dream and got a pair of turning tables.

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

Martin Margiela

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS?

No I don’t. Even though I like them, it’s mainly because I wouldn’t have time to properly take care of them. My son wants a dog, but I don’t think I’ll end up being the one walking him.

 

IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE ONLY 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE? ****PLEASE NOTE: ONE WHOLE ALBUM CAN BE CLASSED AS 1 SONG, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE 10 ALBUMS IF YOU PREFER *** (EXPLAIN IF YOU WANT TO, WHY YOU CHOSE THEM)

I would definitely select a wide range of Music. For different moods and also because they bring me back to different times in my life.

John Digweed (Life in Cordoba) Timeless progressive House. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magic (This album I played over and over. (Because I love their music but also to learn guitar riffs of John Frusciante)

Chopin: Nocturne No.2 (It reminds me of my childhood. My parents used to play a lot of Classical music in the house)

Stevie Nicks, Landslide (Best ‘country’ ballad)

Lauren Hill: The Miseducation of Lauren Hill (When I was on a roadtrip through France)

D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (When I got a new apartment in Amsterdam and that summer had friends over every night smoking weed)

Cesaria Evora: Miss Perfumado (When I met my wife, and she first introduced me to this album)

Al Green: Greatest Hits

Joe Smooth: Promised Land (takes me back to the time I first went clubbing in Amsterdam at age 17)

Guns ‘N Roses: Use your Illusion (1+2) ( Takes me back when I hitchhiked through Europe with a friend. Carrying a box with cassettes and a walkman with me for the music.  

 

MASTERMIND IS AN ICONIC BRITSH TV QUIZ SHOW WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE QUESTIONED FOR 2 MINUTES ON THEIR CHOSEN SPECIALISED SUBJECT.  WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SPECIALISED SUBJECT IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT?

Probably History. I’ve always been fascinated by historic events or certain people that lived in the past.  

 

WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Me and my parents always watched Monty Python’s flying circus when I was young. And I kind of grew up with that kind of humor. It will always make me laugh.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ONE LINER EVER?  

‘I never forget a face, but in your case I’d be glad to make an exception.’

 

IN A FILM OF YOUR LIFE, WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU?

Haha… Probably Bradley Cooper because he’s such a handsome bloke.

 

YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM? (IT CAN BE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T SEE YET) IF NOT FILMS, THEN WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE?  

Because these books are amazing reads.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Book)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Book)

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Book)

 The Godfather (Film): Because I love the story and the setting in which it plays

Six feet Under (TV Series); Because I can watch 10 episodes in a row of this show. It’s already almost 15 years ago since the first episode came on TV, but I would bring the whole dvd box

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING YOU LIKE TO COOK?

Roasted white fish wrapped in smoked bacon with lemon mayonnaise & asparagus. Or a Nicoise Salad.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?

Pistachio Icecream

 

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.

Dynamic

 

WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE (THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE)

Leonardo Da Vinci, Jimmy Hendrix, Herman Brood, Yves Saint Laurent

 

DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?

I love a good glass of wine!  

 

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT? One of my goals in life is to keep learning new things. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to explore new worlds and things that I’m interested in. I love to create, weather it’s doing someones hair, making music or cooking a meal for guests at our house.

Who knows what will be next, but for now I’m where I should be. I love what I do, the diversity of the people in the city and I enjoy working with all the amazing creative people that I encounter here.

 

A HUGE THANKS TO RUTGER FOR HIS Q&A, NEXT UP IN MY DUTCH MONTH IS MAKE-UP ARTIST SIL BRUINSMA 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

“MODELS N STUFF” DUTCH SPECIAL – DOUTZEN KROES

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MY VOGUE COVER WITH DOUTZEN FROM DECEMBER 2012 BY PATRICK DEMARCHELIER

Doutzen Kroes was born on 23 January 1985 in the village of Eastermar, in the Province of Friesland, Netherlands. As a young girl, she aspired to be a professional speed skater.

I first met Doutzen in 2004 when she hadn’t long been in New York. I met her on her first shoot for a fairly new magazine at the time, Teen Vogue.

I’ve managed to dig out the pictures from the Teen Vogue shoot below.These were shot by Lee Broomfield and styled by Charlotte Stockdale, with make-up by Hannah Murray.

Doutzen was oozing with confidence for somebody so young when we met her and we all said afterwards that she was going to become a big model.

My Teen Vogue Shoot with Doutzen Below from November 2004

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We were right, she has since featured on the covers of TIme, Various Vogues, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, W MAgazine, Dazed and Confused, and Numero.  She also appeared regularly in the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue and Runway fashion shows in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Doutzen has appeared in numerous campaigns including Gucci, Toimmy Hilfiger, Versace, Valentino, L’oreal, Tiffany, Blumarine, Miu Miu, H&M and Calvin Klein, and in 2005, she was selected as “Model of The Year” on Vogue.com by its readers.

Some of Doutzen’s Covers Below

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In September 2013, she became the first model in history to appear on the cover of 4 international editions of Vogue in one month. In the same year she appeared on nine Vogue covers in total, more than any other model that year.

In 2014, Doutzen starred  in the new Calvin Klein Reveal Fragrance commercial alongside British Actor Charlie Hunnam.  She also announced the ending of her contract with Victoria’s Secret after six years of being with the brand.

Doutzen married to DJ Sunnery James in 2009 and they have 2 children together.

Some of Doutzen’s work below

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DUTCH Q&A PART 8: CREATIVE DIRECTOR PAPARAZZI MODELS & MAKE UP ARTIST MO KARADAG

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Mo,  sandwiched between Supermodel Doutzen and Sarah Keller from Paparazzi Models ( taken from Mo’s Instagram) 

HI PEOPLE!! I’m Back with another of my Dutch Month Q&A’s. Today is the turn of Mo Karadag.

Mo’s name doesn’t necessarily run off the tongue of every fashion person in the World but go the Netherlands and it’s a different story all together. Dutch hairstylist genius Christiaan, mentioned to me when he was doing his Q&A  that I should speak to Mo and get him to do a Q&A for me, if I was planning  a Dutch month special.

Not being one to miss a great opportunity I managed to track down Mo and he very kindly agreed to do the Q&A for me.

So who is Mo Karadag?? Friend of Dutch Supermodel Doutzen Kroes, personal make-up artist to Doutzen ( maybe not so much now as he is model booking) and super agent to some of the biggest Dutch models around right now. Saskia de Brauw, Doutzen,  Rianne van Rompaey, Cato VAn Ee, Annelot De Waal and  Marte Van Haaster to name a few.

I will now let Mo do the rest of the talking about himself, and interspersed in-between his answers is some of his make-up work and models he looks after…….

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WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

I wanted to be a fashion designer , very classic…:-))

 

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?

It was a journey.. I started very young wanting to be a fashion designer. After attending  fashion school I found out that it wasn’t like being on the bold and the beautiful,

I dropped out and started working as a shampoo boy.  At the salon I worked they had this makeup counter where I started playing around which led to working with models and then it kind off started rolling.. I started working for magazines at 16 years ‘young’ in Amsterdam .

 

WHEN DID YOU START WORKING FOR PAPARAZZI MODELS AND HOW DID YOU THINK TO DO THIS AS WELL AS BEING A MAKE-UP ARTIST?

After working as a hair and make-up artist for a while in Amsterdam, I got an agent in Paris and moved there. I had this tiny apartment and started working really well, but Paris was so hard at the time… I remember nobody wanted to talk English with you, and my French sucked…

I kind of felt I didn’t want to do makeup all the time anymore and wanted to do something else in fashion!

Then bumping into a friend in Paris, they suggested I talk to Sarah Keller ( owner of Paparazzi models ). It was a match made in heaven! Hahaha! I’d known Sarah from the day she had started the agency and she’d had immediate success with it, so I gave it a go ( this was in 2002, 13 years ago )

 

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? 

We are moving to Amsterdam at the moment but I’m from Eindhoven originally

 

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

In Amsterdam it would be that people should respect each other a bit more in traffic..

 

YOU GREW UP IN THE NETHERLANDS, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE AND DO YOU FEEL IT INFLUENCES YOUR WORK IN ANYWAY?

I guess in general it does feel very free in the Netherlands, when you’re younger you don’t feel that pressure, but growing up and traveling you really appreciate that,  for a small country like the Netherlands I love the diversity, and all the good and bad that comes with it..

 

THERE’S NOW A BIG INFLUX OF PEOPLE IN FASHION COMING OUT OF  THE NETHERLANDS, DO YOU THINK THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT OR IS IT COINCIDENTAL? 

There were always “Dutchies” out there in fashion, but I think social media really is making it so much more easier to get people more out there.

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE DUTCH FASHION? 

Hahaha, typical Dutch fashion?? In the street ‘main stream ‘ you see a lot off washed jeans, a-symmetric hairdo’s on women that are dyed bright red , and are wearing leggings under summerdresses, but off course there is also a big group that try to express themselves and think about how they look. I guess eclectic is very Amsterdam, a big mix of vintage and design.

 

DO YOU THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT TO INTRODUCE VOGUE NEDERLANDS, WHICH LAUNCHED ONLY IN 2012 AND NOW HARPERS BAZAAR TOO?

Yes, its great, and its really cool to see them develop there own style within the magazine’s format.

 

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?

Picasso!

 

LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS. ( CAN BE HAIR/ SKIN/ BODY/ PERFUME)  

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream

Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner

Anastasia clear brow gel

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OWN WORK?

My own work used to be very bold.. but I’m into very clean, great skin, and less is more for me.

 

I’VE HEARD YOU ARE AN INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN DUTCH FASHION, HOW DO YOU SEE DUTCH FASHION GROWING BIGGER? 

I am? I guess I have a strong opinion… 🙂  I would LOVE to see the Dutch fashion industry take RISKS again!  CREATE and not copy so much.. It really was like that 20 years ago and now its so much about copy-paste which is getting really boring.  I think the only way that we can grow in Holland is to take risks and be a bit more visionary..

 

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART,  FOOD)

I’m a pretty classic guy, I love my wife, adore my kids, family, good food, some Turkish music, playing a game off cards and im the happiest man! As we have just bought a new house we are totally into house renovations!

 

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?

Istanbul!

 

WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP- ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?

I still listen to Soul 2 Soul, a lot.. but I’m into soul, R&B ( 90’s )  Anouar Brahem, a big mix off things, but mostly chill..

 

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

I have a lot off Acne, APC and Dries van Noten.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS? 

We had a cat for 11 years but he died last year

 

IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE ONLY 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE? ****PLEASE NOTE: ONE WHOLE ALBUM CAN BE CLASSED AS 1 SONG, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE 10 ALBUMS IF YOU PREFER *** (EXPLAIN IF YOU WANT TO, WHY YOU CHOSE THEM)

Prince-  Purlple Rain ( Made me cry the first time I heard it )

Sade-  No Ordinary Love ( Has special memories )

Soul 2 Soul- Back to Life ( ALWAYS gets me going )

Whitney Housten-  I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( I will never forget seeing this video with the hair and makeup, I was HOOKED! )

Anouar Brahem-  La voyage de Sahar ( food for the soul )

Dee-Lite- Groove Is In The Heart ( another memory fave )

Chaka Khan- Aint Nobody ( is my wake-up call, every morning )

Stevie Wonder-  Superstition ( classic ! )

Nightcrawlers- Push The Feeling On ( good old happy party beats )

Sezen Aksu  / Git  ( she is a Turkish singer songwriter , this is one off her best songs, a little fado like sounds )

 

MASTERMIND IS AN ICONIC BRITSH TV QUIZ SHOW WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE QUESTIONED FOR 2 MINUTES ON THEIR CHOSEN SPECIALISED SUBJECT.  WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SPECIALISED SUBJECT IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT?

Entertainment!

 

WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

My kids!

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ONE LINER EVER?

Her thirst is real ( thanks to Fred Howard )

 

IN A FILM OF YOUR LIFE, WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU? 

Wow, really no idea..

 

YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM? (IT CAN BE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T SEE YET) IF NOT FILMS, THEN WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE?

Finding Nemo ( best cartoon ever )

Labyrinth  ( my  all time fave as a kid )

2001 A Space Odyssey  ( visionary fantastical )

Auf die andere seite  ( I love this directors work! Always strong and amazing movies )

Kabi kushi kabhi gham ( Bollywood production that lasts for 3 hours and is full off drama, we grew up with these so its also very melancholic )

Paris Is Burning ( docu ) It’s one of  many many documantaries I love to watch.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING YOU LIKE TO COOK?

Pasta

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT? 

Anything with chocolate and strawberries

 

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.

Classic

 

WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE (THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE) 

Just Diane Vreeland

 

DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?

Mariah Carey… yes I had her albums until she became Mimi.. 😀

 

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?

I don’t know, I never really have a plan, I hope to be and stay healthy and happy.

 

A huge thank you to Mo. Next up in my Dutch month Q&A is another hairstylist Rutger………..

Be sure to come back soon………  

 

SEE WHY “I’m Too Sexy” TO BE AT MILAN MENS FASHION WEEK HAHA…..

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“I’M TOO SEXY”

Does Anyone Remember the Band ‘Right Said Fred’?

We’ve just had Mens Fashion Week SS16 in London (I worked on the Margaret Howell Show and the girls for the Burberry Prorsum Mens Collection.) and now all the models are in Milan and Paris.

 #LCM sparked me off to think of this hilarious tune from 1991

Right Said Fred are an English band based in London and formed by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass in 1989.  The group are named after the song which was a hit for Bernard Cribbins in 1962.

RSF sold over 20 million CDs sold worldwide and the group have achieved multi-platinum status and have won two Ivor Novello Awards for their songs  “I’m Too Sexy” and “Deeply Dippy”

“I’m Too Sexy” was a piss take of the fashion industry and was a huge hit in the UK, spending six weeks at number two in the British Singles charts behind Everything I do I Do it For You by Bryan Adams and spent three months in the Top 10 in total. The song also went to number one in 32 other countries including the United States.  The song earned the band its first Ivor Novello Award.

“I’m Too Sexy” is sung from the point of view of a narcissistic Male Fashion Model. ( Think Zoolander, which came later on in 2001) The song’s lyrics express (over-) confidence that his personal level of sexiness makes him too sexy for numerous things, most notably his shirt (“so sexy it hurts”). The list also includes “my love (love’s going to leave me)”, “Milan, New York, and Japan”, “your party (no way I’m disco dancing)”, “my car (too sexy by far)”, “my hat (what d’you think about that?)”, “my cat (poor pussy… poor pussycat)”, and the song itself: “…and I’m too sexy for this song”, at which point the song abruptly ends.  This quote about the lyrics was taken from Wikipedia

Check out the Original Version and the little one I made for fun the other day thanks to JibJab …..

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AND CLICK ON THE PIC BELOW FOR MY VERSION

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DUTCH Q&A PART 7 – MATHIAS VAN HOOFF

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In 2013 I had this fabulous make-up artist featured in one of my Q&A’s.  Being a Dutch native, I had to feature him again within my month of Dutch………. 

I sent Mathias the questions again with a lot more new ones added and he very kindly offered to answer them again.

Born in Holland, Mathias  moved to London in 1998.  I originally met Mathias through an old friend who knew him from the fashion circuit. We eventually got to work together a few years later when in 2003 Mathias went out alone after assisting the super talented Make-up artist Linda Cantello, whose Q&A has also featured on my blog too.

Mathias works regularly with photographer, Emma Summerton and I’ve had the pleasure to work with them both on numerous occasions. In his work he is not afraid to push the envelope, and this is forever apparent when you see his editorials.

Mathias’s work appears regularly in  Italian, Japanese, American, French and Russian Vogue and was creating the make-up for the Mulberry shows as part of the team working with Emma Hill, helping to reinvent the brand.

JAPANESE VOGUE WITH LINDSAY WIXON HAIR & M-UP BY ME AND MATHIAS 

 

And so people, I give you the lovely Mathias Van Hooff !!

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

Show Jumper 

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING

NOW?

A Make Up artist friend started taking me on jobs.

IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?

I’m pretty happy with myself. 

Maybe swap some bodyparts here and there. Haven’t seen my sixpack for a long time…..( if ever..)

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MATHIAS’S WORK

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

London and New York

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Have people stop littering the street. Use the bin!!!

LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Kryolan

Crealine Bioderma

MAC

Egyptian Magic 

Windle and Moodie Matte Paste.

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART,  FOOD)

Mostly Film, Books and Art 

WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND  ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?

I was very much into New wave. The Sound, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Japan, Bauhaus, New Order, Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode, The Cure, 

YOU GREW UP IN HOLLAND, THE NETHERLANDS WHAT WAS THAT LIKE AND DO YOU FEEL IT INFLUENCES YOUR WORK IN ANYWAY?

I grew up in a medium size city with lots of green. Great to grow up up in but once you I got to about 17/18 it was a one way ticket to Amsterdam

Because I started my career in the UK I think I’m much more influenced by British fashion

THERE’S NOW A BIG INFLUX OF PEOPLE IN FASHION COMING OUT OF THE NETHERLANDS, DO YOU THINK THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT OR IS IT COINCIDENTAL?

Culturally Dutch people are quite easy going. I think that helps in our industry. We tend to just get on with things.

Also I think there are a couple of great agencies around now with some amazing scouts

DO YOU THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT TO INTRODUCE VOGUE NETHERLANDS, WHICH LAUNCHED ONLY IN 2012 AND ALSO HARPERS BAZAAR THAT LAUNCHED MORE RECENTLY?

Yes I do. It has taken the approach to editorial work to a higher level

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE DUTCH FASHION? 

Well designed quality, practical, comfortable and minimalMATHIAS VAN HOOFF COLLAGE 2

MORE OF MATHIAS’S WORK

IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE?(AND EXPLAIN – IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM )

A good disco compilation (with lots of Donna Summer )to dance on the beach

70’s Rock compilation album

Prince ‘If I were your girlfriend

The Cure

David Bowie

Rodrigues- Sugar Man

Carmen McRae

Glenn Gould- Bach Partitas 

Christian Zacharias- Scarlatti 33 sonatas

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?

Amsterdam and Bali 

WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

English Comedy 

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

Acne, Prada, APC, Levi’s, Jill Sander, Nike, Saint Laurent,

 LIST YOUR TOP 5 FILMS AND IF YOU WANT, EXPLAIN WHY YOU LOVE THEM

There are so many but here some favourites

Mystery train – Jim Jarmusch

Theorem – Pier Paolo Passolini

Trip to Bountiful

The Cement Garden 

WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?

Chocolate  

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.

Uuhmm…. 

WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?

Horse 

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Gin&Tonic 

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT? 

Florence

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OWN WORK?

I like it glossy and shiny , not too perfect

DO YOU  OR DID YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS?

Yes many. Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, guineapigs, birds, Chickens

MASTERMIND IS AN ICONIC BRITSH TV QUIZ SHOW WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE QUESTIONED FOR 2 MINUTES ON THEIR CHOSEN SPECIALISED SUBJECT.  WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SPECIALISED SUBJECT IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT?

Ecliptic alignment of CMB anisotropy

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ONE LINER EVER? 

Just do it

IN A FILM OF YOUR LIFE, WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU?

David Bowie

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING YOU LIKE TO COOK?

Fish

WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE (THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE)

You of course, Diane Vreeland, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Saunders

DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?  

 Get into bed and binge watch a whole tv series 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO MATHIAS…….. NEXT UP IN MY DUTCH MONTH SERIES OF Q&A’S IS UBER MODEL AGENT MO KARADAG…….