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This week's SMALL TALK: United Nude to open flagship store in Amsterdam, Frans Molenaar designs for C&A, Studio Roosegaarde debuts in the USA and Scotch & Soda to introduce a womenswear line.

By Jeanne Tan / 30-09-2009

SMALL TALK

United Nude will open a flagship store in Amsterdam in mid-late October. The progressive shoe label is a collaboration between Dutch designer Rem D. Koolhaas and Brit Galahad JD Clark. Designed by Koolhaas, the 350m2 square store will be prominently located centrally on Spuistraat.

Couturier Frans Molenaar has designed several exclusive womenswear collections for Dutch retail giant C&A. The first collection which will be available from 8 October in selected stores in The Netherlands, Paris, Zurich, Hamburg and Stuttgart, will comprise coats, jackets, blouses, skirts, pants and accessories such as shawls, bags and gloves. The collaboration was announced at the end of the showing of Molenaar's 88th couture collection in Amsterdam earlier this month.

The Dune project by Studio Roosegaarde debuted in the US this month in conjunction with Louisville's Ideas festival, an annual conference celebrating innovation. Presented by non-profit art organisation artwithoutwalls, Dune 4.0 will be situated on Louisville's main street as a 45 foot long corridor, illuminated by a waist-high forest of hundreds of LEDs that respond to human movement and sound. The interactive installation can be seen from 22 September until 20 October. A permanent, site-specific version of Dune will be installed in Rotterdam next year. Additionally Studio Roosegaarde's founder Daan Roosegaarde will be speaking at the Idea festival itself and later at the College of Design, University of Kentucky.

After years of successful menswear collections and a new childrenswear line, Dutch label Scotch & Soda will introduce a womenswear collection. Under the name Maison Scotch, la femme selon Marie, the first collection (Summer 2010) will be available from January onwards in the new flagship store which opened this September in Antwerp, Belgium and from stores in The Netherlands.

Image: Dune, Studio Roosegaarde


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