Belgian Corner: a.KNACKFUSS

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One of the the first symptoms when I fall in love with a designer is the adrenaline kick and the racing of the heart when I first see their clothing. I obsessively start digging online stores, hoping that my budget allows me to buy one or two striking pieces.

And when I finally got it, I simply just stare at it. Putting it in my closet and taking it back out, just to catch one more glimpse of it before I go to bed.

It’s my version of a bedtime story. This is what a.KNACKFUSS did to my sense of sanity.

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Left SS16 – Right FW15

 

Alice Knackfuss better known as the designer from a.KNACKFUSS was trained as a custom tailor first and then took a plunge in the Fashion Design Academy in Munich where she eventually graduated from. From there on, she worked in the design departments of Kris Van Assche and Ute Ploier. After winning the Diesel Award, Alice moved to Belgium where she created her first capsule collection of vintage garments for the ‘Les Petits Riens’ charity fashion show in Brussels in collaboration with Simon-Pierre Toussaint. Finally in 2011 she started her own line which has been seasonally presented during major fashion weeks.

CAPARA Jacket

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One of the symptoms that you clearly suffer from when you have a fulltime job: the ability to afford clothing that you wouldn’t normally be able to. One thing I’ve noticed since I’ve been working fulltime is that I actually buy less clothing but I tend to invest more in clothing that would last a lifetime. Including this gorgeous little number: A jacket by Capara.

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Belgian Corner: Raf Simons

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Raf Simons. Does he even need an introduction? In 2015 Raf Simons hit the news when he left Dior after merely 3.5 years. A few months later, he presented his FW2016 collection in Paris.

While everyone probably knows him as ex-creative director at Christian Dior, this self-trained menswear designer seriously has captured the 80s Belgian aesthetics in his latest FW2016 collection.

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FW2016 in Paris

 

Oversized clothing & long sleeves. Raf Simons’ newest collection has 80s Belgian-Japanese-inspired aesthetics written all over his clothing. For his new collection, Raf Simons went total opposite than what he would’ve done for Dior. From oversized, to gorgeous layering, I’m glad Raf is back!

Winter Pastels

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I have this unexplainable love with whimsical clothing. I mean bold prints, overdose on color blocks, pastels. There are a couple of go-to designer and brands when trying to find a fun sweater such as Walter Van Beirendonck or Lazy Oaf but lately I’ve been obsessing about Minju Kim.

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Belgian Corner: Doriane van Overeem

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Doriane van Overeem is an extremely talented Belgian fashion designer who studied at La Cambre Mode in Brussels. Her work has already had an impressive journey. The clothing has been exhibited at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, has been worn by American pop singer Ciara and has been sold by Opening Ceremony.

I wanted to show that every woman should be treated like a queen; should be respected,” she said. “I wanted to show that through fashion.”

(quote from ilovebelgium.com)
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SS15 – The Way To Say No

 

With all of these impressive achievements on her fashion resumé she is ready to take the fashion world by storm by offering high quality, made in Belgium, luxury ready-to-wear products. Basically 100% honest Belgian fashion! Her style of mixing soft pieces with bright colors and daring patterns are the elements of her risk-taking signature!