Few days ago young and talented fashion designers from the  prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, went on stage.

A fashion show followed by an audience full of talent scouts looking for upcoming designers grown with the famous creative director Walter Van Beirendonck.

This year, for the first time students took part in PARCOUR. They showed their collections throughout installations positioned all around the city; an interesting project that gives the opportunity to visit some beautiful places in Antwerp generally closed to the public.

Here you find our selection.

A womenswear collection inspired to the habits and clothes of the North Japanese Ainu people.
The Joker-like black face paint and tattoos of the women in this society, used as a guard against bad vibes, are translated into bold jet-black brush strokes. Sofie Gauden adds also geometrical pattern in beautiful red and orange.

Silhouettes inspired to the kimono are mixed with more western volumes, inspired to ‘body shield’, such as prosthetics, band aid and orthopedic instruments in pastel colors.

These two different cultures, such as the Eastern and Western, find an harmonious balance in the collection.

Menswear collection showed by Laure Sévérac is focused on colors.
The designer asked the big questions about love, the meaning of love and men’s place in it and the answer is a collection rich in colors but at the same time is soft and plays on the stereotypes of the man-as-object and the feminized man.

Female knitwear are experimented for men. Textiles are a mix of jacquard, handmade gradients with metallic lurex, lace and tulle.

Color palette is inspired by Peruvian colors whereas the beatuful white porcelain accessories represent the fragility of love.

“Yellow, red and blue, Twelve walking paintings” is inspired by the multi-sensory experience of the art by Lygia Clark. In the artist work, the viewer is invited to manipulate the piece of art, in the same way Miriam Laubscher ask to the dresser to play with the clothes.

Textiles with vibrant colors are considerated a sort of canvas people have to create and complete with their personal experience.

The geometrical shapes, that changes continuously, are inspired to the classical shapes by Madeleine Vionnet, but they are attenuated by masculine tailoring and sportswear elements, such as the boxer and the bomber jackect.

With this menswear collection the designer tried to give an answer to the question “what does it mean to be a man?”.
She took inspiration by the life and work of the German painters group of Die Brücke.

 

The collection tells a story in two parts,  which are balanced by the silhouettes and the bold colors. : one is more abstract with woodcuts and geometric shapes, the second part becomes more wild with reliefs, embroidery, tafting and knitwear of mental landscapes and wild motifs.

Photo: Etienne Tordoir // Catwalkpictures.com