Saturday, 29 December 2012

Dutch Fashion Models

Dutch Fashion Models Biography

Karen Mulder is known around the world
Karen Mulder, a famous Dutch fashion model entered the world on July1, 1968 or 1970. Some sources cite her year of birth as 1968 and others cite it as 1970. We will use 1970 as that year of her birth. Anyone that has been following the fashion and entertainment industry over the years knows that Karen became famous with her appearances for Victoria’s Secret and Guess. This Dutch beauty became famous also for her problems with depression over a period of many years. In July of 2009, Karen was arrested for threatening to attack her plastic surgeon. Since that whole incident, Karen has had a low key lifestyle and not much has been heard from her since. A native of Vlaardingen, a city near Rotterdam, her upbringing came in the city of Den Haag. Karen is considered to have some of the best lips in the world too.

Some interesting facts About Karen
· Karen has a daughter Anna that she gave birth to on October 30, 2006.

· She has a tulip named after her.

· Has a sister Saskia Mulder, an actress.

· Her hobbies include traveling, reading, singing, painting, and watching movies.

· Her favorite movie of all time is Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

· In 1987, Karen got into modeling after looking in a magazine and being exposed to details of a modeling contest in Amsterdam. But the way she entered the industry is really, really interesting. Karen had braces on at that time and actually dismissed the idea of becoming a model. However, it was without her knowledge that a friend of hers entered her name in the competition. Upon being invited, Karen scored a victory.

· Two years earlier in 1985, Karen participated in the Elite Look of the Year Contest. She finished in 2nd place, eventually being signed by Elite Paris.

· She has released a CD-ROM which talks about beauty tips. That isn’t surprising at all considering that Karen is really beautiful also.

· Karen speaks Dutch, English, French, German, Latin, and Greek. That’s an amazing accomplishment.

· Looking to help others that are less fortunate than her, Karen bought a chateau in the city of Paris, France in 1995. She set up a scheme to provide holidays for underprivileged children.

· She also starred in the French movie “Un Vol, la Nuit".

Due to the fact that Karen has pretty much gone away from the public eye, not much is known of what she is doing these days. We wish all the best for her and that hopefully she can get her life back on track.

A good look at people walking down the street in the Netherlands - especially during the past couple of months - reveals that the Dutch wear:
› lots of dark (mostly black) clothes
› sportswear (such as ski jackets) by uh.. not really sporty people
› unflattering footwear etc.

This is, in general, the way Dutch people usually dress during winter time; not very flattering or fashionable at all. Of course, there are some few exceptions but we are talking about the general public here.

Maybe it is because of their Calvinistic past, which favoured modesty and plainness over showing off, but the Dutch have never been famous for their fashion sense like, let’s say, the Italians or French. Clothing in stores has always been more of a practical than aesthetic nature with a special focus on "can I ride a bike when I wear that?" So, it has always been comfort over style, especially compared to other European countries.

For example, I grew up in the Netherlands and thus, my closet has been filled up with French and U.K. labels as most other available clothing was too large, unflattering and shapeless to fit my short and petite frame. In addition, I frequently travelled across the border in search of more flattering cuts and feminine prints or designs. Upon my return from a long stay (Sydney), I suddenly realised that something was different in the Dutch fashion landscape.

During 2007, something changed in the way the Dutch perceive clothing. Slowly, more and more fashion programmes popped up on television with make-over shows with "real" people plucked from the streets, apart from contests between fashion designers or models.

There has also been an overwhelming influx of international brands invading the Dutch shopping scene.

Brand stores and store-in-store concepts of popular French, U.K., Spanish, German and other exclusive labels have popped up in every high street in the country with Randstad (The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam) being a good example. Moreover, the city of Arnhem (the east of the country) is rapidly becoming a fashion hotspot with its own fashion week being held for the first time ever this year.

Since then, more and more people have started dressing up better and more importance has been given to the individual sense of style and originality. The abundance of accessory stores nowadays has also catered to this need as this is the easiest and cheapest way to "pimp" your outfit. Fashion schools have waiting lists whereas hiring stylists, personal shoppers, models or fashion designers is a popular choice these days.

Photo by Flickr user Rachel Deppe

The Dutch are changing and evolving fashion-wise and this should, at least, be applauded. Even though the masses might still dress up in an unflattering and more practical manner, at least there are other options available for those who recognise the importance of clothing on your appearance and how this is perceived by others.

I cannot wait to see what will happen in this area in the near future, how about you?

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