Margiela, The Hermès Years

Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela was the creative director for Hermès from 1997 to 2003: at the Fashion Museum in Antwerp they made a complete exhibition out of this fact! Mimi Berlin Blogger Team visited. We were especially stunned by the beauty of the showcase below. It wasn’t allowed to take photo’s at the museum but we simply had to make this one.The skirt and the upper part of the boots are made in the same fabric, a traditional Hermès cloth. The leather parts are in Navy (that’s dark blue)

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What would you wear with this set? We decided upon a Navy, fitted twinset……. Continue reading

Europe Regional Finals International Woolmark Prize 2015/16

Europe Regional Finals International Woolmark Prize 2015/16

The International Woolmark Prize is an annual fashion award-show hosted by the Woolmark Company. Round 1: A selected group of promising fashion designers/brands, (70 labels nominated from 23 countries) will first compete within their region for the chance to win the Woolmark Prize at the International Finals. Both finalists (mens- and womenswear designers) will receive about €33,900 to execute the collection which they will compete with at the international final shows. Round 2/Finals: The menswear final will be held at the Pitti Uomo in Florence, in January 2016, and the womenswear final in New York in February 2016. Prize: The 2 winning collections will be sold at a.o. the I.T. Store at Harvey Nichols, MyTheresa and Matchesfashion. The winners will receive €67,800 (approx.) for the development of their brand. Last year’s winners were Marcia Patmos (womenswear) and Public School (yes, menswear) both from the USA.

European Finals at the MOMU in Antwerp. Yesterday, July 13, it was time to choose the European finalists. They showed one finished outfit and were also judged by their designs, on paper, for the capsule collection of 6 outfits, all will be made in Australian Merino Wool.
We, at Mimi Berlin, were rooting for Dutch Designers Nanna van Blaaderen and Jonathan Christopher to win a spot in the Final competition…. And they did! WOW! They both were selected for Round 2: The Final Shows held in 2016!!

We shared a coach on the train with the winners on our way back to Amsterdam; they wondered if there ever were final shows with 2 Dutch designers. We didn’t know, couldn’t remember……….But if Nanna van Blaaderen and Jonathan Christopher àre the first, which is not unlikely, that would be SO extra special!

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Suzy Menkes on tour in Belgium and The Netherlands

Suzy Menkes on tour in Belgium and The Netherlands

Suzy Menkes is a world-renowned, British, fashion journalist, at the moment she works for Vogue (international). Last week she came to visit Belgium and The Netherlands. Her tour started in Brussels for the fashion exhibition “The Belgians” at Bozar, followed by a visit to Antwerp’s Momu with Dries Van Noten, and a meeting with Walter van Beirendonck. In The Netherlands she opened the fashion exhibition “New for Now” at the Rijksmuseum and she visited Denim City, both in Amsterdam. Ms Menkes also visited the exhibition “Everything but Clothes” at the Arnhem Museum.
Yes, we can read your mind; this is also a tour for us fashion lovers. We can visit 4 new exhibitions on fashion, just like Suzy M.

Suzy Menkes will be writing a fashion column for the Dutch (cheap, glossy) magazine Beau Monde. Her first story will be published in the October issue 2015 of the magazine. Hard to believe that’s true: this magazine is not about fashion but about (Dutch) celebrities…..Wir sind gespannt.

(all images from instagram credited on images)

Rupert von Rom Dries van Noten Inspirations on exhibit in Antwerp

Dries van Noten Inspirations on exhibit in Antwerp

The other day we, Mimi Berlin, visited the exhibition “Inspirations” by Dries van Noten, in the couturier’s home town of Antwerp, Belgium.
What a great exibithion! And SO marvelously well designed!

Usually in fashion you have to make do with inspirational images on paper, but Dries van Noten shows us the real thing; On show, next to his designs, are Picasso, Damien Hirst, Balenciaga, Balmain, Worth, and many others …….all in the flesh!
Many inspirational movies and fashion shows are beautifully incorporated throughout the transformed fashion museum. Also the sense of smell is an important factor; a scent to accompany your vision can be smelled by touching different walls.
If you haven’t already; make sure you go and see the Inspirations of Dries van Noten. The exhibition was initiated and realized by Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris (01/03-02/11/14), we were told it’s a bit different and smaller in Antwerp. But the new version in Antwerp stays true to its original incarnation in Paris, highlighting the sources of Dries Van Noten’s inspiration by juxtaposing his creations with emblematic past and present works of art and fashion, again curated by Pamela Golbin (chief curator of 20th-century and contemporary fashion and textiles at Les Arts Décoratifs.) and adapted for the MoMu by Arter, the agency that designed the original exhibition for Les Arts Décoratifs.

Dries van Noten Inspirations, MoMu, February 13 – July 19, 2015.

Our must-see expert Rüpert von Rom posted earlier on “Inspiration” including a video of Dries van Noten talking about the exhibition. Continue reading

Antwerp Icons

Happy Birthday Dear Academie! – 12 renowned designers, all graduates of the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, chose an iconic piece from their archive. The Fashion Museum of Antwerp invited photographer Ronald Stoops, make-up artist Inge Grognard and designer Dirk Van Saene to interpret these garments in a styling with printed bodysuits which refer to the signature of the designers.


Featuring: Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Van Saene, Walter Van Beirendonck, Marina Yee, Dirk Bikkembergs, Maison Martin Margiela, Christian Wijnants, Veronique Branquinho, Peter Pilotto, Bernhard Willhelm and A.F. Vandevorst (Photography by Ronald Stoops)

From September 8 2013 till February 16 2014 MoMu will present the exhibition ’50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department’. The exhibition is one of the many projects of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp celebrating its 350th anniversary.