Imagine that you are a fashion designer and that you get an invitation from the Nederland to be a part of the prestige fashion manifestation. You are to present your own collection and with it your own country side by side with some of the best designers from Paris and London together with their local creator. You have only one month to prepare for that glamorous occasion which will take place in the most luxurious hotel on the Scheveningen beach. You imagine yourself there daily. Filled with joy and driven by it, you put in a great deal of work, time, money and energy to prepare everything to the outmost perfection. So the day finally comes, and you even arrive a few days earlier to have some rest and explore the country a bit. And than the following morning the phone rings. That what you are about to hear sounds more like a distasteful joke in a twisted dream than the reality of the given situation. The event has been cancelled! There will be no fashion show. Creator’s worst nightmare has happened. This is absolutely unacceptable, but what now?! This is exactly what has happened to me, so I will not have to fabricate the story.
Life has taught me that everything happens for a reason. Even the absolute worst has a reason. I just have to wait and I will see why. With these wise words on my mind, I did not allowed the news of a failed fashion show to get me down. In front of me was a new challenge. I was happy anyway because I was on such a lovely trip and regardless of the situation I was not loosing anything. That is except a lot of money.
On the same day I met the designers of the jewelry that were suppose to combine their art work together with my collection on the given fashion show. I proposed to them that we should make a collaboration for the next few days regardless of the circumstances. I came up with the idea to organize a photo shoot in the same hotel where the fashion show was to take place. This was simply because my dream to be in that hotel with my collection did not abandon me. The next day I was invited to attend at the election for Miss Africa Netherlands. There I used a chance to mingle and meet new profiles of people that I actually needed for the tomorrows shoot. We were in a search for one photographer and one model, just the basics really. It was an evening, and tomorrow morning we were supposed to go to The Hague from Amsterdam with the whole crew. However, to our surprise, to our ‘little’ shoot 20 people have showed up! Everyone wanted to be a part of the action and to give their support. They organized themselves regardless of us and travelled to The Hague on their own. It was amazing. I ended up with 6 models, 5 photographers, a cameraman, a makeup artist, jewelry, and one guy – ‘the catty boy’ -who was just responsible to promote live on social media. I felt so blessed for all the people that showed up to support me without any financial compensation whatsoever. It was also something of a miracle that we were granted to use the hotel without any limitations. We even got to use one room that was specially opened just for us. After a couple of hours of preparations I was told, I need to hurry up. But why I wondered, and soon after asked. “You have a fashion show in half an hour, Danka!” answered someone. To my amazement and confusion, I first thought they wanted to improvise something, but no. It was an actual fashion show! ‘Accidently’ (I do not believe in such concept) in the hotel was a restaurant in which a big group of people had already gathered for some other fashion event. Everything was already set, the runway, music and most importantly the cheerful crowd! I did not believe what was happening to me. I felt like I was in a movie and not in my real life. I thought to myself, one more dream came true.
This collection is designed for the woman that has courage, that is sensual, fragile yet unbreakable, aware of her outmost authenticity. On the given photos that I have shared with you here you can feel the part of the atmosphere. Soon I will have a video too.
First of all I would like to thank God, He is above all and everyone; than to my sister, and finally to all those wonderful people with the hearts of gold that choose to be the part of my team. I needed this experience at the end of this year: a bunch of life lessons and a couple of true new friends.
- The winner is the one who wins against himself and against his fears.
- It is not the end when others say so, but when we believe in it with our heart.
- “The snow does not fall just to cover the hills, but to let every creature leave its trail.” – Leave your trail –
Place: Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus
Clothes: DANKA KAROVIC
Jewelry: BaroQco by IMELDA & EDUARDO LIEM
Make up: Yui Be Make Up
- FRITS VAN ONZEN
- HELEEN VEGTER
- MARCEL MAXIMILIAAN SCHWAB
- WIM VAN WEL
- MAARTEN DOUWES DEKKER
Cameraman: BRYAN VINISI
Organization supported by:
- KAREL ROELEVELD – Catwalk4u
- ROBERTO DRESIA
Model coordinator: TITA NUAHN
- NADJA KAROVIC
- SENSEMIELJA LETITIA SUMTER
- KYARA VT
- JOYCE BANUS
- JENNES VERMEUL
- SHANDELY COLASTICA
All my people I LOVE YOU !
- Pobednik je onaj koji pobedi sebe i svoj strah.
- Nije kraj onda kada nam to drugi kazu, nego kada mi u to poverujemo svojim srcem.
- ”Ne veje sneg da pokrije breg, nego da svaka zver pokaze svoj trag”. -Ostavi svoj trag i pokazi koja si ‘zver’ onda kada imas problem 😉