Mode Parcours: MAD about iconic fashion
(© Tom Van Der Borght)
During the 13th edition of the Mode Parcours, sixty designers will showcase their work at some of the city’s finest boutiques and galleries in the city centre. Put on your Sunday shoes and discover more about this year’s theme “Style Icon”.
As economical times are tough, launching a new fashion label is a brave decision. La Cambre graduates Ann Bruggeman and Mansour Badjoko Wa Lileko took on the challenge at the start of 2013 with their label Control Studio.
(© Ramzy Bentrad)
Together, they’ve worked for some top designers, including Balenciaga, Raf Simons, and Sophie D’Hoore. For their own label, they design menswear in a progressive streetwear style. Expect crisp shirts, T-shirts with a delicate, abstract print, slouchy trousers with a classic fabric, and more. You’ll find the minimal collection at Swedish designer Filippa K’s store. Bruggeman and Badjoko Wa Lileko took this year’s theme of style icons quite literally, and will present their clothes on Byzantine icons. As you’ll notice, prints play an important part in the collection. If you’re into prints too, you might want to get a temporary tattoo at the in-store Control Studio tattoo parlour.
Control Studio • Filippa K, rue A. Dansaertstraat 42, control-studio.tumblr.com
PONIES ON ACID
Tom Van Der Borght does not stick to the rules of classic fashion. Instead he goes for wild prints, voluminous garments, and bold statement pieces. You might have seen some of his creations worn by the crazy duo of Kenji Minogue (they’ll be performing at the after-party on Friday).
During the Mode Parcours, the designer takes over the window of furniture store Kartell. Expect an atypical installation, representing his new autumn-winter collection called “Aponycalypse”. There will be psychedelic graphics, kaleidoscopic scenes, drippings, and video loops... All inspired by wild ponies.
Aponycalypse • Kartell, rue A. Dansaerstraat 2A, tomvanderborght.com
CATS & MICE
La Petite Gervaise is a clothing label for cool boys and girls from ages 4 to 12. Designer Gervaise Gournay makes choosing something fun to wear as easy as one, two, three.
She goes for bright colours, simple cuts, clever details, in combination with fine materials and unique prints. And on top of that, all made in Belgium. The label is taking over the window of children’s clothing shop Kat & Muis, with, among other things, some large colouring pictures inspired by the collection’s lookbook. Visitors are free to help with the colouring and can even take a small colouring book home.
La Petite Gervaise • Kat en muis, rue A. Dansaertstraat 32, lapetitegervaise.com
This year, all participating boutiques and galleries stay open until 10 pm. On Thursday, the opening night, the Sablon area is the place to be. On Friday, Kartuizerstraat/rue des Chartreux is where the buzz is. And on Saturday, the Dansaert area is where it’s happening.
Late-night openings mean music, drinks, and parties. So there’s no need to go home after 10 pm, as Mr Wong opens its doors for an after-party. Kenji Minogue is throwing a crazy show on Friday, and on Saturday, Festen takes over the DJ booth. Libertine Supersport’s side project promises something with an edge!
Parties • Mr Wong, Zwarte Lievevrouwstraat 12 rue de la Vierge Noire, www.mrwong.be, www.libertinesupersport.be
FAIRY FASHION TALES
When Kaat Tilley passed away last year, Brussels lost one of its iconic designers. Her very recognisable dreamy and long dresses, sold at the enchanting boutique down the Koningsgalerij/Galerie du Roi, were loved by many. Her daughters Rebekka and Epiphany have decided to continue Kaat Tilley’s line of creations, and will reintroduce the fairy-tale dresses during the Mode Parcours.
At the Passa Porta Bookshop visitors get to admire a selection of white and pale dresses, all lit up like luminous sculptures. To link the collection to the setting, Rebekka and Epiphany have also selected some of Kaat Tilley’s scrapbooks. She never used blank notebooks, but drew her sketches on the pages of old books she found at flea markets. She was a gifted painter as well, with very vivid drawings of her collection as a result.
Kaat Tilley • Passa Porta, rue A. Dansaertstraat 46, www.kaattilley.com
MAD ABOUT FASHION
In a couple of years, Mode Parcours organiser MAD Brussels, the Brussels Mode and Design Centre, will move to Nieuwe Graanmarkt/place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains. At the moment, there is not much to see yet. But from 24 to 27 October, the MAD centre will function as meeting point. If you have questions or need a programme, you’ll find it there.
(© Ari Seth Cohen)
Photographer Ari Seth Cohen, who made the fashionable photos for this year’s leaflet, will be showcasing a mini exhibition with similar pictures of stylish Brussels ladies. And the fashion department of the Saint-Luc high school is organising a runway show on Saturday, with sessions between 4 and 10 pm.
Meeting Point • Nieuwe Graanmarkt 10 place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains, www.madbrussels.be
MODE PARCOURS #13 • 24 (18 > 22.00), 25 & 26 (11 > 22.00), 27/10 (11 > 18.00), gratis/gratuit/free, Verschillende locaties in Brussel/Divers lieux à Bruxelles/Various locations in Brussels, Meeting Point: MAD Brussels, Nieuwe Graanmarkt 10 place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains, Brussel/Bruxelles, www.madbrussels.be