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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »