SHOW 2012

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SHOW 2012 Poster

 

When many people think of Antwerp, they think of the Antwerp 6: Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, and Marina Yee. They are the 6 graduates of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, who together went to London in 1988 in a rented truck and showed their collections, establishing Antwerp as a notable location for avant-garde fashion. Since the Antwerp 6, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts has produced many other famous alums such as Martin Margiela, A.F. Vandevorst, Haider Ackermann, and Kris Van Assche.

I attended the fashion show Saturday evening, June 9th.  For the show, I knew it was casual, so I went with the equestrian look.

 

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Me in my apartment before leaving for the fashion show

 

The show was held at Hangar 29, a huge industrial space located on the Scheldt River.

 

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Hangar 29

 

Inside were two large spaces, the reception area with drinks and the actual room for the show.

 

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Inside Hangar 29

 

I also ran into some friends before the show!

 

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Sofie, Veerle, and Tijl

 

Walter Van Beirendonck is now the head of the fashion department at the Academy. This year the jury included Raf Simons, the creative director at Dior, Lucas Ossendrijver, designer at Lanvin Men, Nicholas Kirkwood, shoe designer, Olivier Rizzo, stylist, and Willy Vanderperre, photographer, amongst other notable figures in the fashion industry.

 

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Jury from left to right: Walter Van Beirendonck, Nicholas Kirkwood, Raf Simons, Olivier Rizzo, Willy Vanderperre (photo from http://www.antwerp-fashion.be)

 

The show was organized by school year, so the 1st year began and the 4th year ended with their Master Collections. Sofie’s brother Thomas is a 1st year student at the Academy and he designed (and created!) the most beautiful dress!

 

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Dress by Thomas Hauwaert (photo from http://yesnessnight.tumblr.com)

 

All of the presentations were great and creative, but my favorites were from the 3rd and 4th year collections.

 

3rd Year Collections

Lola Barré “09:00 TO 18:00”

This collection was sleek and clean, yet still feminine and sweet.

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Lola Barré “09:00 TO 18:00”

 

Yong-Soon Kwon “LISTEN TO ME”

Very romantic with beautiful, flowing silhouettes.

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Yong-Soon Kwon “LISTEN TO ME”

 

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Yong-Soon Kwon “LISTEN TO ME” backstage (photo from http://www.antwerp-fashion.be)

 

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Yong-Soon Kwon “LISTEN TO ME” backstage (photo from http://www.antwerp-fashion.be)

 

Umit Esbulan “C.R.E.A.M. – TEAM”

This collection is really fun and graphic.

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Umit Esbulan ‘”C.R.E.A.M. TEAM”

 

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Umit Esbulan ‘”C.R.E.A.M. TEAM” backstage (photo from http://www.antwerp-fashion.be)

 

Polina Stepanova “WORLD’S A MARKET PLACET HAT WE VISIT-MASK”

Modern, feminine, cool.

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Polina Stepanova “WORLD’S A MARKET PLACET HAT WE VISIT-MASK”

 

4th Year Master Collections

Charlotte Pringels “KNOTWORK”

Great colors and interesting knotted silhouettes.  I also think the name is funny “KNOTWORK” or  “NOT WORK”?

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Charlotte Pringels “KNOTWORK”

 

Miquel Boutens “PAINTING AN INVISIBLE MOON”

Whimsical and boyish.

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Miquel Boutens “PAINTING AN INVISIBLE MOON”

 

Jon Sofferud “AS THOUGH THE EARTH HAD OPENED, AND THE SKIES SPLIT”

Like the above collection, still whimsical but urban.

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Jon Sofferud “AS THOUGH THE EARTH HAD OPENED, AND THE SKIES SPLIT”

 

Anissa Aouar “A SUPER DRUNK HERO”

This collection looks like it came out of a comic book. I love the shoulders and collars.

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Anissa Aouar “A SUPER DRUNK HERO”

 

Rey Benedict Pador “…ONE MORE TRY…”

The mouthpieces scared me a little haha.

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Rey Benedict Pador “…ONE MORE TRY…”

 

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Rey Benedict Pador “…ONE MORE TRY…” backstage (photo from http://www.antwerp-fashion.be)

 

Manon Kündig “BOWERBIRD”

This collection won all of the awards related to creativity!

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Manon Kündig “BOWERBIRD”

 

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Manon Kündig “BOWERBIRD” backstage (photo from http://www.antwerp-fashion.be)

 

Marius Janusauskas “SLEEPING BEAUTIES”

My personal favorite! This collection also won a lot of awards.

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Marius Janusauskas “SLEEPING BEAUTIES”

 

At the end of the show, all of the models came down the runway dancing!

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End of SHOW 2012

 

If you want to see the show for yourself, more backstage photos, or just more information in general, you can visit the fashion department’s website www.antwerp-fashion.be

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