On Thursday 1 February 2018 Edwin Oudshoorn presented his spring / summer 2018 couture collection 'Nightingale' in the raw environment of De Marktkantine in Amsterdam.

The collection consists of 42 looks, ranging from transparent, fragile evening dresses to shimmering short looks with extravagant embroidery and striking combinations of fabrics and textures. Although the signature of Oudshoorn is clearly present in the form of rich colors and smart patterns, the collection also contains a fresh look that is less expected from the couturier. It is reminiscent of 1920's dresses with geometric shapes, combined with typical 1970's colors, straight silhouettes and high zoom lines. Tones of gold, silver and black are mixed with different shades of teal blue, green, yellow and white.

Oudshoorn's love of fabrics is clearly visible throughout the collection and specifically in the looks where different contrasting fabrics are combined, creating an exciting and unexpected atmosphere. Models floated past in transparent corsets, draped with different layers of tulle, embroidered birds and hundreds of beads and crystals. This is closely followed by shiny jacquard fabrics that are tailored to smart suits and billowing evening dresses.

The looks are combined with jewelery - made in collaboration with goldsmith Digna Gorkovoi - that reflect the bird motif in polished brass. The make-up of the models, created by Lydia le Loux, is clean and fresh so as not to distract from the strong looks. The hair, created by Margot van Essen, is clean and tight with knotted braids and finished with bondage tape.

Video: Frequin
Make-up chef de cabine: Lydia le Loux
Hair chef de cabine: Margot van Essen
Production: Nick Lynch