|Koos Van Den Akker|
This past Labor Day weekend, I had to fly to New York for a wedding. While in Manhattan what does a fabric addict do? Go to Mood . . . of course! (Mood is the fabric store the designtestants use on Project Runway). What an awesome place. . . 3 floors of nothing but color, texture and rolls of drapey goodness everywhere. As I walked through the door in awe, I ran smack into Koos van den Akker! We hugged, and talked a bit before going our separate ways.
I met Koos last September when I took a class from him and fitted his garments to models for a fashion show. If you ever have a chance to take a class with him, I highly recommend it. He is a wizard at mixing and matching patterns and has been doing it long before it was cool. . . in fact, Koos MADE it cool!
Watch this video of Koos describing the origin of the "Cosby sweaters" and his approach to design . . .