Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Happiness isn't happiness without a violin-playing goat

Six Lee's collection titled Happiness isn't happiness without a violin-playing goat. Image from the Antwerp Fashion Observer.

I've had one of those days today. You know the ones where everything goes wrong from the moment you squint through opening eyes before stumbling out of bed and stubbing your toe on edge, to searching in vain for a matching pair of socks and a clean shirt, to missing your train, spilling coffee on yourself all before ten in the morning. So, to cheer myself up I looked to the talent flowing from the Antwerp Royal Academy. It is the directional student show that everyone looks to for new talent and it took place last weekend whilst I was playing around on a Margate beach. The Hoogeschool Antwerp’s Fashion Department is famed for its creativity and innovation, and has paved the way for some of the most exciting names of today, including Bernhard Willhelm, Haider Ackermann, Stephan Schneider, Bruno Pieters and Kris Van Assche to name but a few, oh, and of course, the Antwerp six! Actual show shots are still a little thin on the ground aside from a few on the Antwerp Fashion Observer but then Susie reminded me about the preview shots over on Dazed Digital and the work of Six Lee in particular.

My grey mood was lifted by Six Lee's percussion infused tailoring and memories of my feeble attempts at bashing the xylophone returned. Lee is a fourth year graduate who wants to make menswear a little more fun and his graduate collection certainly made me smile despite this being a 'head in hands' kind of day. When I heard the title of the collection a few memory bells rang off in the distant corners of my brain but I could not place where or how I knew it....

Of course, my chin scratching only lasted a few seconds as I reached out for my thought crutch (otherwise known as google) which never lets me down. It was of course a memorable quotes from Notting Hill (which I only watched all the way through this year) by Julia Roberts' character in response to Hugh Grant's rambled mutterings and a Chagall painting. Now where is my violin playing goat...maybe I'll find it tomorrow.


Uinku said...

I went to the show, and I thought six's collection was quite dissapointing to be honest... At the end you expect them to play music, but they only ramble a bit, such an anti-climax...

Andres said...

A violin? It is a cello:)

Unknown said...

Innovation at its best, I reckon, though I quite like Julia Kim's work, too.


Style Salvage Steve said...

Uniko: Oh despite your review I am very jealous! Which day did you go?
Andres: Ha...I stand corrected.
Cillian: I like Julia Kim's collection too...this just made me smile when I needed to.

Uinku said...

I went the very first day! I go every year since I live in Holland and it's a two hour trainride :). What I noticed was that the men's collections this year weren't as strong as previous years (รก la Elise Getliffe, Gunhyo Kim, Ek Thongprasert and Heaven Thanudiredja, just to name a few)
-Leonneke Derksen's 'Flying Without Moving' collection gave me a smile
-Tomohiro Tokita's 'Project Excelsior' was well made, but the pieces only work when the blacklight is on.
-Mariel Manuel's adrogynous 'What Happens in the Grotto, Stays in the Grotto' collection was very intresting, really good combination of different materials.
-Elise Getliffe's graduation collection this year wasn't as outspoken as her third year, but the clothes were very well made. She collaborated with the textile museum in Tilburg,Holland and developed a technique that allowed her to make clothes that had very little seams, amazing.
-Sena Yoon's 'Hi. Mr.K' was a lot of fun.
The only unoriginal moment, one that really bothered me, was Nathalie Fordeyn's collection. It was a straight rip-off from Ek Thongprasert's 3rd year collection.

we could grow up 2gether said...

this boy, is GENIUS!


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