Antwerp is a quaint little town, and all the important shops are within a walking distance from the Central Railway. As I walked further along Nationalestraat my heart skipped a beat to see this beige domed building which houses both Modenatie and Yohji Yamamoto flagship store! We (me and my trip mates) literally dashed into the shop, ehemm. (Okay, maybe I was the only one excited to take a look what's inside the store). Inside my vision is greeted by stark white minimalistic space which houses an array of Yamamoto AW09 main lines, together with his daughter Limi Feu's collection.
Ever heard about the recent Martin Margiela exhibition in MoMu? As I said earlier my main mission coming to Antwerp was to get a firsthand look at Margiela's unconventional pieces beginning 20 years ago until today. Alas lady luck was not on my side - the museum was closed. I should slap myself for not noticing it doesn't open on Mondays!
Dries Van Noten's flagship. Judging from the outside the store looks really majestic and humongous, plus, it really stands out from the bunch (it's housed in an 18th centruy building if I'm not mistaken). Again, unfortunately the store's closed as they were revamping the store to get ready for the SS09 collection. You may say that my fantasy to grab a few DVN pieces at a greatly reduced price shattered right then and there :(
Welcome to the Belgian designer outlet heaven, Labels Inc! Here the pieces are mostly from past seasons with maximally slashed price, much to my content. Think Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons, Margiela and Dries Van Noten at a fraction of the original cost. Also there are some Japanese lables sold as well (CDG, Junya Watanabe, Yamamoto etc).
Being a sucker for sales I grabbed a few stuff from there!
They also feature new and upcoming designers in their window display! Recently it's Takumi Yanazaki. Next, who knows?
Oh yeah, I'll show you the pics of the stuff that I got in the next post, okay? I promise!
I got to know Mdm Vivian,the owner of Labels Inc. We had a little chat, and she was surprised when I say I'm a medical student (she thought I was a fashion student, oh I wish that WAS true!). Let tell me you, she is a sweet lady who runs the shop by day, and the most touching part is she's also a teacher who volunteers to teach mentally handicapped children a few days of the week!
She was being really nice, offering me a Number (N)ine sequined blazer at a special price. But I had to decline (natch!) as most of my dough was spent on the above-mentioned stuff you see!
***Am I hinting for another discount the next time I'm in Antwerp? HAHAHA***
P/S: Fashion is passion, yes Mdm Viv?
A BOOKSTORE in Paris, facing Jardin de Tuileris (I can't remember the name, it boasts to be the first English bookstore in Europe)
Just look at the extensive collection of fashion-related books! If money AND luggage weight are not the issues here, I'll immediately snap one or two of the exquisite Chanel retrospective books, for sure.
RUE ST HONORE
A window display at Maria Luisa
Paris' Yohji Yamamoto flagship. Again, I love the clean aesthetics of the interior. I did not bother to enter as I know the collection will be the same like in Antwerp :)
Goyard ...wish I can afford one of their travel luggage and trunks :(
FYI Kaiser Lagerfeld's favorite luggage is from this brand!
And the must-visit store in Paris:
The hip and trendy Colette!
Apologies for the lack of photos INSIDE the store. You see, I'm an extremely self-conscious tourist. I don't want to be told "Sorry, but it's not allowed to take pictures here"....
Seriously this is the coolest, hippest store ever! On the first floor they have street fashion stuff and a selection of high fashion magazines.
The icing of the cake is on the second floor...
Imagine the latest SS09 collection stocked side by side. They include YSL, Lanvin (ooh la la the two-tone toe cap shoes make my VJJ wet!!!), and not to forget the kooky Thom Browne's collection.
The window display is amazingly stocked up with Hussein Chalayan's creations. Looks like the avant-garde garments are being blown up in the wind - the details of which are evident at the back, and echoed by the mannequin's hair.
Elie Saab boutique, at the corner of near the HUGE roundabout leading to important streets, among others Champs Elysees.
Vuitton. No, I did not enter the flagship, if you're wondering.
IN SOME NEIGHBOURHOODS (oops I forgot the name, apologies!)A definitely hidden gem is Kokon-to-Zai!
Marjan Pejoski ( he designed the swan dress Bjork wore to the Oscars remember?) and their own label KTZ.
Damn the owner didn't allow me to snap pics inside the shop! (Hello I'm trying to promote your business here!!! Plus it smells weird in the shop - like some kind of chemical liquid has spilled on the floor, or it's more like the stench of dried cuttlefish, if you ask me)
Galerie Vivienne is beautiful and the customers are chic-ly dressed. Among the tenants in this building are Jean Paul Gaultier, a few consignment stores ( I found La Marelle) and some kitschy shops. Actually I was searching for some CdG or Yamamoto pieces but they did not sell menswear in La Marelle, shame on you!
EDIT: The alert Paris-freak Kotok informed me about the bookstore. It's Galignani y'all! It's easy to remember, think Galliano! In their website just click at the 'window display' section. Seems like they have interesting themes to show every now and then.