Fashion top tips

Fashion: Shopping for a wedding outfit… 14 tips to bear in mind!

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Next week my sister is getting married so recently I bought an outfit to wear on her special day.

When you have a special occasion coming on, why don’t you read these tips?! They might help you in your search for thé perfect outfit…

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Fashion: Worth the investment

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I like to do bargains… I rarely pay a lot of money for my clothes or accessories, but on some items I think it is worth to pay just that little bit more… read on as I will tell you what I think is worth the investment! Read the rest of this entry »

Fashion: Buying fashion basics in Antwerp

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Antwerp is the fashion capital of Belgium, so no better place to go shopping if you ask me 🙂 In my fashionposts this city will regularly show up. Today I will tell you where to find your basic tops/blouses/sweaters. Read the rest of this entry »

Fashion: How to… strike the best bargains!

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As I already told you yesterday, this new year will bring some new things on my blog! One of the new sections is ‘Top Tips Tuesday’.

Every Tuesday you can expect some top tips on something… anything really! Beauty, travel, books, tips on how to handle a certain problem… I will surprise you every single week 🙂 Take me to that first top 5!

Belgium: Antwerp – Born in Antwerp, exhibition ‘behind the clothes’

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UntitledA couple of weeks ago my 2 sisters and I went to the opening of the ‘Behind the clothes’ exhibition. We’re all three interested in fashion, so this was the perfect opportunity for us to have a night out just the three of us. Read more about our fashion outing.

Belgium: Maasmechelen outlet village

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Once or twice every year, my friend Katrien and I go to Maasmechelen Outlet Village… and those days are pure and utter bliss 🙂 Read more about this trip to Maasmechelen Outlet Village!

Fashion: Xandres – Launch of the party collection

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Last Friday; my two sisters and I went to the launch of the Xandres party collection. Xandres is a Belgian brand of beautiful, elegant women’s wear. The clothes are of high quality and comfortable. The fabrics are chosen carefully and they also have an extensive plus-size line. Xandres has a lot of selling points in Belgium, but the collection can also be ordered online.  Read more about the Xandres party collection!

Belgium: Antwerp – Renaissance 5th anniversary

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DSC_0775Last Thursday my sister and I went to a party from Renaissance, a trendy store/restaurant in Antwerp. Renaissance celebrated its 5th anniversary and certainly did this in style! Read more about this stylish party!

Belgium: Brussels – exhibition The Belgians, St-Hubertus Gallery, Dansaertstraat

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Dress by Diane von Furstenberg (left) and Raf Simons for Dior (right).

Belgium may be a small country, but it certainly is great in fashion ! Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, AF Vandevorst, Diane von Furstenberg and so many other designers have put Belgium on the map of fashion… Fashion with a capital F that is… Ever since the eighties, Belgian fashion designers have been hugely important in the international fashion world.

Bozar and MAD Brussels now present an exposition which can still be visited until September 13th in Bozar, Brussels : The Belgians. An unexpected fashion story. Read more about our trip to this exposition!

Fashion: ‘Dior and I’ by Frederic Tcheng

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Last week I saw the documentary ‘Dior and I‘ from Frederic Tcheng… I saw it twice in less than 24 hours as it is that good… This seriously is the best documentary about fashion I have ever seen.

The documentary is about Raf Simons, the Belgian fashion designer who became the creative director from Dior in 2012… Apparently not the obvious choice. He is an integer, silent, somewhat timid looking person, but he bursts with talent and ideas.

The 46 year old started as a furniture designer, but soon after graduating he saw a fashion show by Martin Margiela, that other Belgian fashion wonder, and realised that his heart belonged to the fashion world.

In 1995 he started his own fashion label in men’s wear and another 10 years later he became creative director at Jil Sander.

In 2012, after months of speculations, Raf Simons was anounced creative director at Dior. In the documentary ‘Dior and I’, we follow him and his right hand Pieter Mulier in the first two months they work for this renowned fashion house… two months in which they have to create and organise the haute couture collection the whole world is waiting for. So these two months are extremely busy, intense… they’re like a roller coaster from fashion hell.

I am deeply touched by the humble, shy but very determined man that Raf Simons is. This documentary makes clear how much Monsieur Dior and Raf Simons are alike… their character, their love for fashion, art, nature,… I think Monsieur Dior would be very pleased indeed with Raf Simons as creative director of his fashion house !

We see how Simons alters the old Dior designs to the present day, how he is inspired by the paintings of Ruby Sterling, how he insists on having the fabrics made just as he wants them to be, even though that is nearly impossible to achieve in such a short time. We see him going through the building where the fashion show will take place and we actually see him get inspired by the building and how he wants the building to be altered in one colourful flower decor where the models will show his designs.

We see him getting nervous, almost sick to the stomach, as he realizes he has to face the press, celebrities and audience. And in the end we can actually feel the adrenaline rushing through his veins as he is able to walk on the catwalk (almost too soon…).

After the show he does the obliged photographs with celebrities, clients and colleagues, taking it all in… but then he poses with his mum and dad… you just feel  the love he has for these people… how proud they are of him… and high fashion just fades away…

I was actually moved to tears watching this documentary and I am ever so proud to be able to say ‘I am from Belgium too you know !’.

Love, Kathleen