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The Dutch were among the first Europeans to start trading with the Japanese.  The exchange of influences flowed both ways.  The Japanese were exposed to technological advances and the Dutch admired Japanese art.  Van Gogh was heavily influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, ukiyo-e.  I always thought a collection combining the Dutch penchant for the avantgarde + japanese art (woodblocks, painting, textiles) would be soooo fantastic, and now it’s happened.

An avantgarde sack coat but with Oriental embroidery on one side. It could work with jeans or a shift with tights. Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com.

Such bright, vivid colors for fall. Great layering piece. Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com.

Who doesn't want this coat? Isn't it so much better than boring 'ol gray wool? Look at the small details. The solid inside lapel. The banding at the bottom. Look at the model walking away behind her. The back has a solid on one side, print on the other. It's really amazing. Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com.

Repeated prints but in an unexpected way. Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com.

I looooooove this top. It's like he's taken part of a Japanese painting and blown it up to the extreme until it's like abstract art. Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com.

I love that this has an Japanese feeling (kimono top) but also looks like it's borrowing from traditional Dutch peasant clothing (the banding suggests an apron). Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com.

He’s a master.  He always has great prints and different cuts for pants and jackets.  But never showy or overblown, always subtle, and always in the most sumptuous fabrics.  Great ideas for us to try in our (budget) wardrobes, bright prints, turtlenecks with tunics, wide leg pants, and sack coats.  Why wait for next winter.  Do it now!

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