Tim Coppens, a star on the rise
It's fashion weeks. Fashionistas are stressing about their outfits, journalists are crying over invitations for catwalk shows and bloggers are wearing their craziest looks to be streetstyled. Belgian designers have always been hot during fashion weeks. Seats for Ann Demeulemeester or Dries Van Noten shows are very wanted, and now Raf Simons is designing Dior, the hype about Belgian designers becomes even bigger.
But sometimes we forget our young wolves who are also booming. We're talking about Tim Coppens, born and raised in Belgium, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1998. He served as design director for RLX (Ralph Lauren's luxury performance collection) from 2008 until 2011, when he founded his eponymous label.
The Tim Coppens menswear collection articulates a graphic aesthetic characterized by cutting-edge fabrication. Coppens updates the proportions and relaxes the rigorous structure of classical menswear, expressing a modern vision of masculinity. The fact that he did performance collections at Ralph Lauren also comes through clearly in the use of fabric and detailing such as zippers.
His SS13 collection was inspired by fighter pilots (Top Gun anyone), which resulted in reinterpreted bomber jackets, utility belts and military inspired uniforms but with techno fabrics such as rubberized napa. Style.com called him "a star unquestionably on the rise." and WWD wrote "In a short time, Coppens has established himself as a master of tailored sportswear, and that same sensibility was evident with his suits, cementing his position as one of men's wear's most promising designers."
So keep an eye on this guy. The I Love Belgium team will do too (and we'll certainly pay a visit to Barneys anytime soon).