The Royal Academy of Fine Art The Hague’s Fashion & Textile Department held its annual graduate show this weekend and you know we were front and centre just like last year, opera goggles clutched, to witness it all. A fresh wave of Dutch and international talent is primed to take off with expert guidance at the top from the best of Belgium, Head of Textile and Fashion Jurgi Persoons and faculty members including Marina Yee, Peter De Potter, Jan-Jan Van Essche and Hilde Frunt and here’s what you need to know.Before the flurry of the show took off, we were treated to a personal tour of the “EXPOSED” exhibition, where the four graduating masters of the class of 2017 prefaced their collections. Each master was introduced by Mr. Persoons – whose personal investment in every single of his graduates is … Read More »
Our fellow countryman Raf Simons, who took home both Mens- and Womenswear Designer of the Year 2017 CFDA Awards for his collections at Calvin Klein a little while ago, also got graced with a very first “Ultima” last night. The “Ultimas” are the revamped Flemish awards commending outstanding cultural accomplishments. Simons received one that can be viewed as a lifetime achievement award.
As Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein -he oversees the whole entire brand-, Simons of course is also in charge of curating classic and designing brand new eyewear. And now we get a first look at an entirely new line named after the street address of the Calvin Klein HQ, “CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC” and it boasts some really innovative design.
My favourite (although I’m absolutely obsessed with the shades from the “Calvin Klein-collection” seen in the campaign image on top) is the CK8057S model. These rectangle-shaped shades with two-toned lenses are inspired by … Read More »
2017 has already proven to be a great year for Belgian hip hop with artists like Hamza and Damso -whose rise in particular seems unstoppable with his video for “N.J. Respect R” being on the verge of 10 million (!) views as we speak- busting through the noise.
Two of our fellow compatriots just dropped new visuals, the first one being Darrell Cole giving us the beautiful and vulnerable “BOATS.”, which stands for “Based On A True Story”.
The video is gorgeously directed and animated by Remy m. Ndow and tells the story about young Darrell’s chaotic and brave journey from Sierra Leone to Antwerp.
Watch and subsequently count your blessings.
The second drop is from that other Antwerp gem Coely, who let “A Polaroid Story” ‘s Elisabeth Ouni earn her first full director’s credit on the video for her ode to her Mama called “Celebrate”, a song we’ve … Read More »
This weekend, we got to witness a piece of fashion history as the biggest group of masters ever graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Antwerp Fashion Department.
I warned our London visitor beforehand: “SHOW2017 won’t be what you are used to seeing during fashion month. This is a full 4(!) hours of looks.”
To be quite honest, even I, who had interviewed all 18 graduating masters for the Magazine (more on where to get your copy soon), was a bit worried about the sheer volume of work we were about to be presented with. But although I have no clue how Walter Van Beirendonck and his team pull it off and at the end I felt like I had been slapped around by the ghosts of couture past, present and future, the quality was high, time flew by and it was a pleasure watching the creations of both bachelors and masters. So a … Read More »
Looks like it’s finally happening, folks!
Remember a little over a year ago when Kanye was spotted at the Swedish IKEA HQ and everybody was speculating about upcoming Kanye West x IKEA designs?
I always knew Mr. West would never allow a furniture brand collaboration to happen without the obvious involvement of his best friend OFF-WHITE founder/designer + DONDA creative director and architect Virgil Abloh. So when Hypebeast just posted this little video stating a “potential” collaboration (the HB teaser is obviously a smart part of IKEA’s social media strategy) with an “individual, who many will speculate as Virgil Abloh of OFF-WHITE”, I was thinking: “you might’ve put some sly sound effects on that voice, but I heard Virgil Abloh speaking words directly to my face and this, my people, is Virgil Abloh.”
More about the collaboration with OFF-WHITE will be revealed during the IKEA Democratic Design Days event occuring on June 7 in … Read More »
Fresh off the already classic Soulwax album “FROM DEEWEE” (you’re still replaying this record like it’s paying the rent, right?) comes the amped-up new video for the track “Do You Want To Get Into Trouble?”
Shot in Paris, the video was directed by Ill-Studio who – as Soulwax’s visual go-to’s – got free range to create what they envisioned. A quote from director Thomas Subreville: “This video is our visual interpretation of this idea of duality and contrast between your imagination as a teenager and the world you really live in.”
It gives you Magritte nods, Gustave Courbet’s “Woman with a Parrot“, power graffiti and general Eat The Rich shit-kicking. Excellent.
Directed by: Thomas Subreville (Ill-Studio)
Produced by DIVISION
Cast: Phénix Brossard
Read more about “FROM DEEWEE” here.
As is custom around this time of year, we’re all eagerly awaiting the Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Antwerp Fashion Department show (which is completely sold out!!!) and expo. Let it sink in: every last ticket for SHOW2017, taking place tomorrow and Saturday, is gone and that’s officially jump-up-dance-and-get-weird kind of news.
We couldn’t be more excited. Yet, we are, since the Antwerp Fashion Department magazine will also be sold at SHOW2017 and KNOTORYUS proudly provided the words and master’s interviews for this second collaboration with the Academy on their highly collectible publication.
If your breath is bated to the brim, get ready for another lungful because the Textile and Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) is also gearing up for their graduate fashion show and expo on Saturday June 17.
Lead by radical Belgian designer Jurgi Persoons, whom we had the honour to … Read More »
KNOTORYUS TALKS TO AVENUE FOUNDER LINA FREDRIKSSON ABOUT HER VERY OWN ADIDAS SNEAKER, HYPE VS INNOVATION AND THE ‘MEH’ OF THE RESELLER
If you’d do a poll among young fashion killers on IG or Snapchat and ask them what item they’d mostly like to release carrying their own name, surely “a sneaker” would come out as top answer. That dream, but for much more legitimate reasons than “it would be lit AF”, has come true for the Swedish/Belgian Lina Fredriksson. For ten years now, through sheer hard work, dedication and a genuine love for the culture she has been making a global success out of her store Avenue, located in the fashion district of Antwerp. Tonight we’ll be celebrating her first collaboration with adidas: the adidas Consortium x Avenue EQT 93/16 Support. A buttery and luxurious but super clean play on the usually leisurely looking model which comes in two high end colourways: black and tan.
KNOTORYUS: First of all, congratulations! I know you’ve been … Read More »
Unlike the weather, you can always count on our faves over at ALICE Gallery to warm the depths of your heart. This time, they bring us a new solo exhibition by artist MOMO, whom ALICE’s Alice and Raphaël have a great history of collaborating with. “BEST PICTURE” opens today and if you’re reading this, you should have iCal-ed that info already!
San Franciscan artist MOMO will be presenting a series of studio works at ALICE in his signature post-digital style. A signed and numbered A3-sized Risograph print will also be released at the exhibition, in a limited edition of 99 and in 5 colours.
Pegged as an outsider and traveller, MOMO’s enormous, bright murals and public installations have revived many a decrepit street around the world. The artist works in a way that is unlike the M.O. of others, his glitchy creations are actually painstakingly … Read More »
Amandla Stenberg decided that ready or not, it’s time to fully inform the world that next to acting, writing and showing the next generation how to be fully woke and fabulous; she has singing, directing and editing skills to boot.
Watch the pretty video she made for her Mac DeMarco’s (great interview on WTF btw) cover of “Let My Baby Stay” below.
And who knew YouTube comment threads don’t have to be awful?