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Eyes To The Sky: Before BOHO There Was KOOS.


Eyes To The Sky: Before BOHO There Was Koos. From the Fall '10 Collections: 1. KENZO, 2. John Galliano, 3. Betsey Johnson

Eyes To The Sky: Before BOHO There Was KOOS. From the Fall '10 Collections: 1. KENZO, 2. John Galliano, 3. Betsey Johnson. All other images are Koos Van Den Akker.

Flipping through the images of the Fall ’10 shows, I not only noticed an obvious theme, BOHO, but that this time around it was so totally reminiscent of one Dutch designer, Koos Van Den Akker. The first image of the KENZO show screamed KOOS!

Before there was “BOHO” there was Koos. A Dutch designer who studied in Paris under Christian Dior in the 60′s, came to New York in 1968 and never looked back. He describes his style as “painting with fabric”, mix matched woolens and jerseys and colors and prints. This technique was new to the American scene but he explains was everywhere in Holland, therefore the US industry freaked out. Much of his introduction to the masses came about in the 80′s. He was responsible for Bill Cosby’s sweaters on The Cosby Show, which created quit a stir. Koos says that his work is “a thin line between awful and genius”. I would err on the side of genius and from the looks of the Fall ’10 collections, I would say that many of the designers would agree.

Eyes To The Sky: Before BOHO There Was KOOS From the Fall '10 Collections: 1. Anna Sui, 2. & 3. Alexandre Herchovitch 4. Roberto Cavali

Eyes To The Sky: Before BOHO There Was KOOS From the Fall '10 Collections: 1. Anna Sui, 2. & 3. Alexandre Herchovitch 4. Roberto Cavali. All other images are Koos Van Den Akker.

Get the look by piling on the layers, mixing and match prints, patterns and textures or search out a piece of your very own KOOS and be the look. Learn more about the man himself on the VBS.tv interview.

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4 Responses to “Eyes To The Sky: Before BOHO There Was KOOS.”

  1. urbanmosadi urbanmosadi says:

    I heart Koos’ work. It is Genius and so intricate.

  2. indihues says:

    complicated styling, but fun..

  3. Empress says:

    Definitely genius.

  4. Dusty Rose says:

    I JUST heard about the KOOS/Cosby collaboration last week!!! I was totally surprised, and yet, not at all surprised. That trippy mix of patterns, textures and colors has his name written all over it!

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