The good thing about cancelling Paris was that I could see one of my best friends, Glenn Martens, and his BF, Rich Aybar, who were in Belgium for a few days to present Glenn's costumes for the ‘Binnenstebuiten’ delegation of de Heilige Bloedprocessie in Bruges.
As you probably already know, I'm a sucker for metallics, so needless to say, I loved the outfits. Well done, Glenn!
Fabrics are very essential for me for designing and I was still really bummed I couldn't make it to Paris, so Friday morning I called A. Boeken in Amsterdam to check if they were open on Saturday. They were, so I immediately booked a ticket and told Yvonne Kwok and Chi Gar Fung I would be in town for a few hours. Hyères reunion!
Yvonne is the super sweet little dutchie that won the Palais de Tokio award in Hyères with her amazing collection 'We Dance Like Little Mary’s Swaying to the Symphony of Destruction'. Hot off her win at last year's Lichting, this girl has a bright future. Keep your eyes open for her upcoming projects, there areexciting things happening soon!
Even though there might be a long way to go still, I feel Dutch fashion in general is starting to catch up a little with their neighbours to the south and across the Channel. I'm also very intrigued by the way fashion is being funded and supported in Holland. There's a lot of energy and will to make fashion work over there and it could be a thing to think about for Belgium too. Belgium still has the great names and reputation, but we also need more support for young designers and the future generations who are really struggling financially. #speakingofexperience
I read an article on the train that there are in fact new funds being set up, which is great, but after Helsinki won for the second consecutive year in Hyères I also read several places that 'Finland is the new Belgium'. If you ask me, Finland has always been great in design, so I'm just happy they finally get the recognision they deserve, but it shows you can't rest on your laurels, Belgium. I’d love to see some initiatives where young designers are involved and people from across platforms come up with solutions together.
Speaking of Belgian fashion - the poster for the SHOW2013 was recently released, I can't wait to see all the amazing collections.
On Friday I met up with Glenn and Rich in Antwerp and after some rosé in my apartment we headed off toLucy Chang for dinner and a drink in Vitrin. After being M.I.A. from going out, for what feels like an eternity, it was nice to see Antwerp on a Friday night again.
After some more whiskey and a few hours of sleep I made myself purdy on Saturday morning and headed off to Amsterdam. I actually would've missed my train, but luckily it was delayed by 10 minutes, so I grabbed a double shot iced soy latte at Starbucks first. I hate Starbucks coffee, but it wakes you up.
After a delayed train, sudden connection change in Essen, a batshit crazy woman [why me??], half an hour wait in Roosendaal and the fastest connection-run ever in Rotterdam (!) I finally met up with the girls in Amsterdam. It was rainy as usual, so we had a lovely 2 hour lunch at Bagels & Beans before we headed off for some fabric sourcing. Well, I did the sourcing, but the sweeties waited for me while I was trying to figure out the new temporary location of A. Boeken in Nieuwe Hoogstraat 3a.
It's not a huge store, but I like their selection of fabrics and endless variations of haberdasheries. You can also get latex in all the colours of the rainbow here too and this is where I bought the transparent pink latex for my SS13.
They also have lots of 3D spacer here, but I get mine directly from Marcel Liebaert in Deinze. We have been working together since I won the competition to design the Biennale Interieur 2012 uniforms and we continued to work together on SS13 and the complimentary bodywear collection. I absolutely love their fabrics and the sweet Joan Bebronne.
I'm planning a shoot of the bodywear with Koen Vernimmen and hopefully we will make some new pictures together very soon. I really love working with Koen and I look forward to keep doing great things together in the future. Check out his work on www.koenvernimmen.com and contact him if you need a photographer.Highly recommended!
After A. Boeken I said goodbye to Yvonne and Chi (who was going home to bake delish maccaroons for mother's day) and I went to Albert Cuypmarkt. It's always too crowded and the shops aren't that great, but in some of them I always find something interesting.
I like to combine high end fabrics with less expensive fabrics, so I always think it's good to check out shops you maybe think you don't like. This time I was in a hurry, so I just grabbed what I could find (more going for colour than the fabric itself) and headed back to the train station.
At around 9 PM I was back home again and by 12 AM I was already in bed. Can't remember the last time I went to bed at 12 AM, but it's definitely pre- Academy times! At 6.30 AM my damn biorythm decided to wake me up though, so by 7 AM I was already back at work. With TONS of new fabrics.