Interview with Lena Lumelsky

Lena Lumelsky was one of the talented participants in the sustainable fashion project ‘High fashion low countries’, a collaboration between Belgium and the Netherlands joining forces to promote young and rising designers. Lena enjoys to work with couture techniques and is a strong supporter of handcraft. After 8 months of hard labour, her unique pieces where presented during a series of shows and expositions across Belgium and The Netherlands. Her clothes are all made in collaboration with Antwerp diamond and gold smiths, to breath new life into Belgian craftwork. I love the way she raises up a critical view on fashion and dress which is quite intriguing.

In this ‘Time is money’ dress below, a golden hourglass filled with the dust of gold sprays, keeps the creation together. When one cord is cut, the whole creations will fall apart, meaning your time can be up when you least expect it. The little parts of old watches attached as pearls to the cape are the icing on the cake. It is incredible how much time she must have spent on this piece…

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The dress ‘Omnia Vanitas’, which literally means all is vanity, stresses the fact that we all want to be admired and to look better than we really are. Lena depicted this idea by elegantly placing a magnifier in front of a (real) diamond. “Vanity is very difficult for people to carry, that ’s why I used a heavy construction.”

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In ‘Beauty in the eyes of the beholder’ pieces of art deco windows are presented in the shape of mirrors, so the person wearing the dress can simply see her own reflection. As Lena Lumesky puts it “We can only see the beauty when we see ourselves in it”.

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All pictures are shot by Javier Barcala.

Here in Belgium, Antwerp, Converse knows how to organise a party. It takes 2 interesting young artists, brought together in the great concert revenue Trix in Antwerp. I’m really excited to tell you all about my new brand crushes!

You need to get to know Skip&Die!! This is the product of a collaboration between the South-African visual artist/singer Cata.Pirata and Dutch producer Jori Collignon. They mix electronic music with rap and exotic tunes and the result is that you can’t stop dancing! And oh, Cata.Pirata looks so incredibly cool… I recognize that ‘freeking’ awesome sense of style from the leadsinger Yo-Landy Visser in the Die Antwoord, yet another one of my favourite bands!

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For those who love rap, read on! Lula Ross and emcee The Unnanounced Guest entertain your ears with a blend of rap and electronic sounds. I have a thing for Dutch rap and they are one of the reasons why! These lowlanders know how to bring it on, she sings, he raps, and they rock! Just listen!

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Hello Brussels!

Het is lang geleden dat ik nog geschreven heb op deze WordPress. Maar ik heb niet stil gezeten, ik heb wat in het rond geschreven voor een Glamcult, Ilovebelgium, etc… (Lees er alles over op mijn portfoliowebsite)

Ondertussen is er iets nieuws in mijn leven… Ik heb de grote oversteek van Antwerpen naar Brussel gemaakt. Hier ben druk bezig met nieuwe Brusselse labels en plekken te ontdekken en ik neem deze blog graag terug mee in mijn avontuur. To be continued.

London baby

Weekends go by fast. It’s hard to take the time to go all over the weekend again, not to forget the things we did and the good times we had. This blogpost will make the story stick in my online memory.

London is a city you could drown in, so many things to do and so little time. It makes you feel like a tiny little person in a world to big to discover in one lifetime, it’s frustrating and overwhelming all at once.

Good informed about what was going on at that time in London, here is what we stuffed into two days.

We met up at the Breakfast Club with some friends, Aline Vermeiren from http://belmodo.tv/ and Lisa from http://www.gypsy-generation.com/, to start the day forceful.

Those who say that Tate Modern is overrated are not to believe, an amazing collection of famous art and photography is gathered here. (wallpainting from Jannis Kounellis)

Really worth the visit is Design Museum with the running exhibition of Terence Conran, founder of Habitat. On another flour the ecological visions from Muji where exhibited, interesting how little things like a smaller role of toiletpaper can make the difference.

Since we where in the hood, we make a romantic evening walk over the renowned Tower Bridge.

The best suggestion we followed was to visit the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery, with the quite interesting retrospective exhibition of the Times Magazine covers.  We made our exit through the gift shop, ending up with a lovely Scoop magazine, and a John Baldesari poster.

Spittalfield market was our last stop, this is where one-mans brands get the opportunity to sell their stuff. London is full of creative people, but where the fuck do they hang out? On sundays you will find them on Bricklane is just a stone throw away from Spittalfield, a nice place to hang out for some vintage stuff and oriental food.

Paris is always a good idea

And especially when it is Paris Fashion week. I took some of these pictures at the Jean-Paul Lespagnard show and around the Capsule showroom of young international artists.

Brussel

Dalia Nosratabadi is gekend om zijn foto’s van belangrijke monumenten en plaatsten in de weerspiegeling van een plas. Lelijk weer maakt mooie weerspiegelingen..

Happy Halloween

Denise Grunstein fotography via Trendland

Molami mon ami

Molami is een nieuwe wind in het modelandschap, nog nooit eerder werden hoofdtelefoons deel van de accessoires van een über-vrouwelijke outfit. Molami heeft de hoofdtelefoon heruitgevonden voor vrouwen, hoe ze gezien, beluisterd en aangevoeld worden. Haar hoofdtelefoons komen in leer, visleer, zijde en zijn afgewerkt met echt gouden en zilveren accenten.

De allereerste voorstelling van het nieuwe en verse merk Molami vond voor het eerst plaats in België in de Renaissance, en wordt wereldwijd gelanceerd op 11 November.

Maria Von Euler is de Zweedse bedenker van deze Molami hoofdtelefoons. Het idee kwam voort uit haar afstudeerproject tijdens haar studie industrieel design. Ze heeft zich laten inspireren door enerzijds functie en anderzijds high-end modedesign.


(ON)LEESBARE STAD – Jana Keppens

Brussel – een onleesbare stad. Een studie naar verwarrende communicatieboodschappen in de stad. Een greep uit het eindwerk van grafisch ontwerper Jana Keppens.

 

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Volg Jana Keppens op Flickr

Ghostpoet – Cash and Carry Me Home

I’ve kinda lost my throne, I’m absent from the scene,

I’m searchin’ for a way in life, I’m lookin’ for a theme

A plan or a scheme, a road to a better place

This was the video for Ghostpoet’s first single; directed by Tim Brown about excessively drinking away pain..

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