Fa fa fa fa fashion is one of these catwalk soundtracks I heard yesterday. Not truly original, but oh so nice though. If I am ever in need of my own runway hit, I have some tune in mind.
Never too old for a first-time-ever experience. Although my interest goes out to fashion since years and years (I truly think it maybe came with my genes), I never attended any catwalk event. I know everyone knows the city of Antwerp as the true capital of couture, but let me tell you about Brussels. There are heaps of great young designers. And this weekend there is DS Brussels Fashion Days in Square-Brussels. Saturday was curated by ELLE België/Belgique. They marked some huge names on the bill, so I could not let this day pass me by.
WIM BRUYNOOGHE FW15
Truly inspiring leather bustiers. Sophisticated chic with volume and a perfect combination of floaty fluent lines and skintone sleek harnesses. Faux Fur fluffy pink scarfs gave glamour to his other silhouettes.
‘Oh dear. Wow’, I sighed.
-Wow about he guy/mannequin?
Uh, yeah. He was great as well. Remark my as well. I know Knott’s name. I’ve seen some of his work, somewhere sometime before. I can’t remember why I maybe(!) underestimated his designs. Black and blue, rather wereable, classy, with more than some hints of leather. The big flower corsages pinned at the lapels of many jackets bring Van Noten to my mind. But men need to be a bit less bold to go for Knott. Not less fashionable though.
-Do you think they look happy in their shiny black, birkenstock style, slippers?
-Why not? They probably walk in the most comfy kind of catwalk shoes today!
Never seems to be too uptight for some dose of humor. After all this is ELLE’s party he may have thought. The way he plays with ‘dresses’! Clothes may look subordinate to the headpieces he creates, but he handles them as quirky as his hats. The audience loved it, I loved it. Smiles went like a big mexican wave from seat to seat.
Creations with garbage bags and glossy covers? Works for me!
-‘Isn’t that very classic?’
You’ll see I nodded with a big smile on my face.
What comes top of mind for most Belgians is how Edouard Vermeulen’s couture house is a purveyor at the royal court. Time after time our queen Mathilde chooses for his designs. But isn’t she chosen as one of the more stylish royalties, pardon me if I’m wrong, I’m not a huge royalty watcher.
When we call designs a bit more classic. Doesn’t it also means more classy? But he broke down the expectation of my friend. Wooly architecture-esk structured neon tops where combined with glittery short skirts. Sheer short dresses with very blinky bling embroidery mean pure craftmanship and a potential rock ’n roll stage dress for me. The second version with the slip dress in khaki was my personal top notch piece of this collection. With a pair of leather Isabel Marant boots this would seem a perfect rock singer marquee stage kind of outfit. Classy with rock’n roll!
Last and not least
this impression of
She owns my respect since a while. This mysterious, never in the spotlight, designer knows fashion well. I can imagine a whole other world due to her designs. Something full of fantasy. With women who can horse ride, organise fancy dinner parties, and well are very feminine but no pussies. All my respect goes out to the models on those heels!
Sorry for the fans of AF Vandevorst and Scabal. I also loved their (partial) shows. But I’m out of words. At least the way I write down Vandevorst and Branquinho show the correct spelling. I had two OUCH moments because of wrong spelling on the slideshow, and the editors in chief of ELLE were definitely with me.