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In ALA BLANKA, Anbasja Blanken’s flaunts her talent for creating great trousers

Blanken’s first show in the Gashouder at the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam

Anbasja Blanken designs graceful, feminine and well-cut trousers for her label ALA BLANKA. Her show in the Gashouder was ALA BLANKA’s first appearance at the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam. This time she presented an entire collection with tops and unusual head decorations – along with the trousers of course - to create a total look.

One by one Blanken’s models walk down a white staircase in front of graphical backdrop. With each step, the magnificently cut ALA BLANKA trousers instantly attract the audience attention. It’s clear that designing trousers is what Anbasja Blanken does best. She was born and raised in Curacao, and has quickly become one of the most promising designers of the season. One year ago, Anbasja Blanken made her debut as a designer at the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek with her eponymous label. In July 2016 she presented her first ALA BLANKA collection. According to Blanken, the ALA BLANKA collection gives “premium trousers to great women”

Couture and denim

In this second collection by ALA BLANKA, Blanken took her designs to another level by adding elaborate tops to each pair of trousers. She hoped it would shift people’s attention from the trousers to the entire look. In part, she succeeded. But it’s hard to keep your eye of her trousers. They are unique, flattering and give the models an undeniable strong and feminine appeal. Blanken knows exactly how to combine accessible popular fashion with couture. No wonder Viktor & Rolf took her on as a design and studio assistant. She even won the Global Denim Award in September 2016. It’s safe to say, this is one talented young lady. 

"Premium trousers for strong women"

Variation

Some of Blanken’s trousers are simple, others are overtly decorated. And there’s one item in particular at the grand finale of her show that stands out: an entire white outfit with lengthy trousers and extra skirt fabric folds attached on its sides. You could easily wear this at a wedding. The rest of her collection is equally rich with fabrics and adaptations. Lace decorations, embroidery and tassels pass the catwalk. Some of the models’ trousers have these decorations at the bottom and top, other decorations cover their legs. The length of the trousers also differs: some reach the floor, while other culottes are cut off at the calves. ALA BLANKA gives us willowy pants, wide trousers, and tight fits. Blanken even demonstrates that trousers are not limited to two pipes. One pair of gold brocade long slim trousers, for example, has two extra wide legs stitched to it. These two extra legs are made of a blue fabric. A similar model is covered by a pair of light blue transparent shorts. 

Dutch porcelain

The trousers are the main attraction of Blanken’s show and she has adjusted the tops accordingly: some models have a transparent corset, others have laborious tops with long sleeves embroidered with lace. Again, this matches the decorated fabrics on her trousers. Every minor detail in Blanken’s collection fits the entire look. The colour palette, for example, works magically well. Her collection has black, white, pink, gold and blue fabrics. Even the styling binds the show together. Many models are wearing unusual hats, earrings and traditional Dutch ear flaps made of porcelain, some of which are decorated with gems. Blanken manages to baffle everyone in the Gashouder.

A chic black look. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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A chic black look. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
 A black look with a transparent coat. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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A black look with a transparent coat. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
Several models wearing during the show of ALA BLANKA artistic head jewelry Majid Karrouch. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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Several models wearing during the show of ALA BLANKA artistic head jewelry Majid Karrouch. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
A model in a transparent top with a head decoration Majid Karrouch. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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A model in a transparent top with a head decoration Majid Karrouch. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
A model in a surprising, semi-transparent top with earrings from Majid Karrouch. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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A model in a surprising, semi-transparent top with earrings from Majid Karrouch. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
The most iconic look of this collection. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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The most iconic look of this collection. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
Most looks were very feminine and romantic, with lots of lace, embroidery and transparent and rich materials. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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Most looks were very feminine and romantic, with lots of lace, embroidery and transparent and rich materials. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
Majid Karrouch made the head- and ear decoration from porcelain and stone. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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Majid Karrouch made the head- and ear decoration from porcelain and stone. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
Powder pink look with black tassels. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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Powder pink look with black tassels. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
Pants with details on the bottom of the pipe. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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Pants with details on the bottom of the pipe. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
Pants with lace details and a top with feathers. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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Pants with lace details and a top with feathers. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
The items were made of rich materials and decorated with elaborate applications. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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The items were made of rich materials and decorated with elaborate applications. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
ALA BLANKA varies with lengths and types: transparent culottes seem from a distance on a skirt. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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ALA BLANKA varies with lengths and types: transparent culottes seem from a distance on a skirt. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
The final look: a beautiful bride look. Credits: Team Peter Stigter
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The final look: a beautiful bride look. Credits: Team Peter Stigter

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