Belgium's Fashion Young Bloods
With all the hype created for the H&M Maison Martin Margiela collection, people tend to forget that Belgium also has other designers. Yes there's Dries, yes there's Ann, yes there's Raf, yes there's A.F. Vandevorst,... But there's a young wolfpack who are doing it for themselves even in difficult times as these.
Maybe high street brands should consider to work with young designers instead of paying big bucks for established designers just for one big PR stunt. In the Business of Fashion article about the H&M MMM collaboration, Stefan Siegel (fashion insider and founder of Not Just A Label) commented that the deal net worth was 48 million euros. I think you could support a lot of young designers in different countries with that money H&M, please think about that. As simple bloggers we do what we have to do: support young designers and give them the exposure they deserve.
Léa Peckre graduated from La Cambre in Brussels. We first met her a few years ago when she participated in a customizing competition in Brussels. Her eye for intricate detailing was the first thing we noticed and it's still part of her aesthetics. She grew up in an artistic environment and more specifically in a family where the cinema and the photography had both a major role. In 2011, after graduating with high distinction, Lea Peckre won the L’Oreal Professional Jury Grand Prize at the 25th International Hyères Festival with the collection “Cemeteries are Fields of Flowers”. After starting her career at famous Fashion Houses such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy and Isabel Marant, Lea Peckre decided to launch her own brand for the Spring Summer 2013 Collection untitled “A Light in the Dark”. Key words: new femininity, detailing, silent sex-appeal
Originating from Bruges, Belgium, Glenn Martens graduated first in his class from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. During his final year in 2008, he was recruited for Jean Paul Gaultier as a junior designer for the women’s pre-collection in addition to the men’s label “G2” and has since been based in Paris. In mid-2010, after a successful run as first assistant to independent designer Yohan Serfaty, Martens decided to work independently on various high-profile projects affiliated with several European brands, which include Weekday and Honest By Bruno Pieters. In February 2012, Martens launched his eponymous womenswear line during Paris Fashion week. Graphic tailoring woven into structural elegance characterizes this line. Key words: tailored volumes, luxury fabrics, casual modernism
Krjst is a Brussels fashion collective created by Justine de Moriamé and Erika Schillebeeckx. They describe their collective as the collision of two cultures: the silent catholic religion with their iconography and symbolism and the hippie movement with their urge to express themselves: they came to the streets to protest and defend their rights. These inspirations translate into colorful prints made by illustrator Monsieur Pimpant and volume juxtapositions: oversized volumes on top with more formfitting garments underneath. Krjst should be perceived as a platform not only a fashion brand, they will create synergies with other creative disciplines to further enrich their universe. Key words: juxtaposed volumes, expressive prints. Krjst pictures courtesy of Sebastien Delahaye.