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 »
There’s no sensation quite like picking up an item of discounted clothing from your fave Belgian designer, staring ahead both misty-eyed and blank-eyed while thinking how proud your mother is about your economising right now. The designer stock sales are taking over Antwerp and Brussels once more and here is a nifty list of the locations you should strategize to ransack first.
Saturday May 6 – Sunday May 14
9 AM – 7PM
Men’s and women’s footwear
Woody ‘s-Gravemade for Rosier 41
Monday May 8 – Saturday May 13
10:30 AM – 6 PM
Menswear, womenswear, accessories, fabrics
Cash and debit card accepted
Wednesday May 10 – Sunday May 14: 10 AM – 6 PM
May 13: 10 AM – 5 PM
Womenswear, fabrics, accessories
Cash and debit card accepted
JAN-JAN VAN ESSCHE
Wednesday May 10 – Sunday May 14
12 PM – 6:30 PM
Unisex … Read More »
How do you measure a year? Is it in 525,600 minutes or the time before and after the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ annual fashion show? The latter, obviously.
On June 2 and June 3, the incredibly hard-working students of the Antwerp Academy will be bearing their soul on the runway once more and KNOTORYUS is doubly excited for this edition, because we get to be part of the official Antwerp Fashion Department magazine again (more on this soon)!
If you’ve barely recovered from last year’s cornucopia, SHOW2017 is shaping up to be another doozy (just look at the gorgeous posters created by the incredible team of Walter Van Beirendonck, Ronald Stoops, Paul Boudens, Inge Grognard, Sander and Dirk Van Saene, with a mask by Marta Twarowska). Each student’s collection is thrillingly different, and there’s nothing like spotting a budding designer signature or … Read More »
#METKAWAKUBO hovers over all of us like an oversized, oblong-shaped Comme cloud and I’m ready for the deluge. The show will feature pieces from Rei Kawakubo’s personal archive and will be designed and displayed in a way that grants maximum access to the clothing. As we await the May 4 opening of the already-legendary Met expo “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”, which we first discussed in November, we’ve got two recent Rei Kawakubo interviews to parse (they are few and far between, so dig in). These are five lessons the iconic creator handed out freely, though always reticently.
If Kendrick didn’t drive the point home, imagine being the actual Rei Kawakubo, OG beacon of all that is forward-thinking in fashion today, and telling Vogue that you’re not doing anything special, really. “I am just working day-to-day with what I believe… … Read More »
Raf Simons has announced a new Antwerp archive and stock sale from Wednesday May 10 till Saturday May 13 and the acolytes are buzzing. If you haven’t yet known the awkward pleasure of getting disrobed in front of fashion students in a co-ed warehouse makeshift dressing room with a sweaty palm full of discount Raf Simons, May’s the month!
You’ll be able to get your mitts on archive Raf Simons clothing, shoes, accessories and fabrics (you can make Raf sheets, Raf curtains, Random Raf draping hanging from the chandelier!). The discounts are usually quite generous, so there’s no excuse for you to miss out. You might even run into Willy Vanderperre, if you’re lucky (even though that might be more likely at a full price, name-on-the-door, In The Name Of situation).
In preparation, here’s a top 5 of archive Raf pieces that you should pray to snatch up … Read More »
The Florentine house of Gucci has known many rebirths (and a notable death). Ever since Alessandro Michele was appointed creative director in January 2015, the latest renaissance needed someone to capture its newly magnetic essence. Enter Glen Luchford, the highly sought-after Brighton-born photographer-cum-Venice Beach hotelier, who was already shooting for The Face at age 19. His unique eye put the decisive stamp on Gucci’s successful new era and this happy marriage has carried on into Pre-Fall 2017 with a remarkable new campaign called ‘Soul Scene’, featuring an all-black cast of models and dancers.
Inspired by the work of the celebrated late photographer Malick Sidibé – whose black and white images of black culture, style and dance will remain forever iconic – and the 1960s Northern Soul movement as well as the “Made You Look” expo celebrating black dandyism and masculinity, Glen Luchford … Read More »
Honestly The Mood™ has never been this strong. This. Girl. Gets. It.
The following little box of gems is yours to open and rummage through if a random meme on your timeline about problematic relationship patterns got too close for comfort and you need some soul relief, for instance. Or if you have even just as much as glanced at the news lately. Things to be here for, they do still exist!
MYKKI BLANCO “HIDEAWAY”
New Mykki is approaching, I can feel my skin clear up, I suddenly have 20/20 vision, there’s a glow upon me not yet before seen. Hyperbole aside, a Mykki Blanco video is something to take time out for and we’re lucky Mykki took a breath in between dangling from stage ceilings (don’t do it!) to create a new visual for the track “Hideaway” which drops on April 10, directed by … Read More »
(Hermès Autumn-Winter 2002)
One of our favourite museums in the world, MoMu, the institution that is housed in the same building as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts: Fashion Department aka the world-renowned Antwerp Fashion Academy, is racking up one stellar show after another. Following the highs that included: “Dries Van Noten: Inspirations“, “Game Changers” and most recently the touching “Rik Wouters & the Private Utopia“, we are now treated to a deep-dive into Martin Margiela’s six-year stint (1997-2003) at French luxury house Hermès. While avid fans are well aware of the parallel parcours the notoriously independent designer rode next to heading his own Maison Martin Margiela, it is clear that this has been very much the more subdued part of the Belgian’s story. Until now. MoMu director and curator of “Martin Margiela: the Hermès Years”, Kaat Debo, took it upon herself to initiate an … Read More »
Photographer Harley Weir gave us the Balenciaga SS17 drama that we are compelled to mimic every time there’s a monochrome curtain in sight. Dare to hang a garnet-coloured drape anywhere and that’s me channelling Alek Wek angles in floral spandex. As if that weren’t enough, Harley Weir also just released the campaign’s ‘unofficial director’s cut’, the first in an apparent two-parter.
The short clip features poetry, nature scenes, models dressing in silence, ambulance noises and the spilling of milk I could definitely find use to cry over. The film was shot by Weir, with editing by Roi Cydulkin and camera assistance by Julian Kapadia. The styling, hair and make-up remained in the hands of the campaign’s killer team of Lotta Volkova, Holli Smith and Inge Grognard.
Unofficial directors cut //#Balenciaga PART 1 @litay_marcus @carla.jl.daher … Read More »
Thames is just it. The SS17 lookbook for artist, designer and Palace Wayward Boys Choir original Blondey McCoy’s Thames has come at the right time. The brand was named after the famous river McCoy spent his childhood skating next to, a gleaming torchbearer for the best coming out of London today – especially poignant since the city is hurting so deeply right now. With a fresh collection steeped in true love for London town (featuring bar signs, winks to regional TV, vintage gentlemen’s mags and the Picadilly Circus Eros fountain statue) as well as nods to McCoys own art, it gives good look but also gives back by supporting a cause close to the designer’s heart.
For SS17, Blondey McCoy – himself a South London native of Lebanese descent – pays tribute to an iconic Londoner-by-way-of-Greece for SS17. McCoy reappropriated the iconic Katharine Hamnett t-shirt George Michael wore in Wham’s “Wake … Read More »