you'd be forgiven if you have never Cédric Charlier've heard. Not to be confused with the Brussels hockey player. Cédric Charlier, the designer, comes from Gerpinnes, a village ten kilometers south of Charleroi . Many people find that terra incognita. And yet, the 41-year-old Waal is not of the least. Charlier graduated from the renowned La Cambre – the Walloon counterpart of our Antwerp fashion academy, and won in 1998 the Moêt Hennessy Fashion Award. It earned him a job at Céline, then still under the leadership of the American popular designer Michael Kors (now primarily known for its handbags). He worked at the Brussels designer Jean Paul Knott, and as the right hand of Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. He was also four years as creative director at Cacharel (yes, of the perfume Anaïs Anaïs). Since 2012 he has his own fashion house, and he is known for his elegant, minimalist designs.Heavenly designs
You feel it coming: I was invited to his show in the Palais de Tokyo, in a big, uninviting space with concrete pillars and white plastic sheeting that the backstage afschermden. For those who have been waiting for this show started 45 minutes late – the nature felt the call, there was also in the building, a toilet, a huge load of cum with graffiti, it looked like a squat. A man should be happy if he didn't have any nasty disease again. Fortunately, there are a lot of sophisticated-on on the catwalk. Charlier was clearly inspired by birds. Not only were there dresses and skirts with a print of swallows and parakeets (at least, I think that is what it was; my ornithological knowledge is limited, sorry), there were also feathers in abundance. As a detail on a belt, the shoes, the strap of a handbag, if zijpand on a pair of pants, or even on different pieces ... It gave the silhouettes extra movement and frivolity. Also for the color palette looked the designer to the world above us. Blue and light grey played the lead role, and did think of the grey Parisian sky beyond. With here and there a opklaring in the form of a light blue trench coat or col roulé in dégradé. Halfway through the show were also a few pink and blood-red silhouettes made their appearance, as if the evening sun suddenly broke through and the darkness wanted to dispel.
apart from the clear natuurthema, grossierde the collection in many beautiful and wearable pieces. Charlier is a master in tailoring, and his trenchcoats – one was even coated ruitenpatroon and vrouwenpakken showing his talent for structured snits. The grand finale occurred on the dramatic music of the aria Habanera from bizet's opera Carmen. L'amour est un oiseau rebelle, sang the tragic heroine. Love is a rebellious bird. A moderebel is Charlier doesn't, but elegant clothes, which makes he was very much in love. Fly high!Indent surrealism Delvaux
more Belgian craftsmanship was there to see Delvaux. The oldest luxehandtassenmerk in the world – the Brussels house was founded in 1829, was in love just like so many other brands present their novelties. That happened in a stately building in the chic Rue Saint Honoré, where all the major fashion brands have their store. We would almost forget, but on the world stage plays Delvaux, really. I heard that even Olivia Palermo, one of the most famous influencers with a 6 million followers, went around. Tradition and craftsmanship remain important values for Delvaux, but each season they adapt new techniques and keep them fresh. For next winter, took Christina Zeller, the Swiss creative director of the luxury house, inspiration for our wardrobe and fashion textiles. Thus, there is a Brillant with ribfluweeleffect, and a Madame that shine like satin. Other bags contain a nod to Scottish tartan, a leather jacket or military riding boots. Also had their iconic model "Madame" instead of a leather belt a plain coil, to the classic a modern touch. Also the Pin Bag, born in the seventies, has received two new versions. But the eye catcher was their installation in the form of a work of Magritte. Delvaux had a long together with the Magritte Foundation, and that will continue. In april there is a new mini collection, with bags and small leather goods that are so picked seem to be out of the surrealist paintings by the Belgian artist. There is the Brillant ‘Ceci n'est pas un Delvaux’, there is the well-known sleutelmotief, and also the clouds and the bird from Magritte's painting ‘The Promise’ are not missing. Cédric Charlier would approvingly nod!