My apologies for what must be the longest hiatus in between posts since the blog has been online. Sometimes my offline life takes over, and I guess that’s only normal / healthy. As I told you here, we chose our new collections for Lily and the Lady (including some brand new brands like Wouters & Hendrix and Nathalie Vleeschouwer!), we did our spring photo shoot and hosted an open house, and apart from this I also organized a 4 day long bridal shower for one of my oldest/best friends. This included a surprise trip to Paris and turning a location that was pretty… errr… rough around the edges into a cosy party space. The results were beyond my expectations and I’ve never seen our bride-to-be happier, so my fellow bridesmaids and I were very pleased!
Before all this went down, I had a chance to see the Dries Van Noten expo in MoMu here in Antwerp. He’s my favorite (living) designer/ fashion mastermind, and I do own the book but never made it to the original exposition in Musée des Arts Décoratifs last year, so I’m happy it came to my hometown. If Mohammed won’t come to the mountain… you know the saying. The exposition was constructed in a pretty similar manner (or so I’ve heard), based on the inspirations of the designer himself and arranged around themes in stead of a “classic” retrospective. Inspirations filled with eclectic influences like Spain, Mexico and Romania. Pop culture influences like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and A Clockwork Orange. Art influences like Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst. A wonderful glimpse behind the scenes of his universe. My favorites on display were the SS 2009 Vasarely vs Rothko collection, SS 2013 Grunge collection and the AW 2008-2009 Marble collection, exposition is a must visit, although I was a bit sad to see they (obviously) couldn’t highlight each and every collection. I missed AW 2009-2010, inspired by Francis Bacon, the most as I still think it’s the most divine color palette ever. Something to look forward to in the next one!
Dries Van Noten Inspirations