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top 5 young belgian designers

From conjuring up colourful monsters to throwing beach bonanzas, the new Belgian fashion scene features cutting edge attitude with theatrical winks to the art world. Welcome to the party! May it blow your mind.

Text Manuela Martorelli

 

 

  • Jean-Paul Lespagnard

    After presenting his first collection at Hyères in 2008 where he walked away with two prizes, season after season Jean-Paul Lespagnard has shown himself to be one of the most incredible emerging talents. His latest Spring/Summer 14 collection presented in Paris last September was a print bomb: an ironic Mexican Riviera reference with a surreal twist.

    Jean-Paul Lespagnard SS14. Photography Laetitia Bica.

  • Devon Halfnight Leflufy

    "My inspirations come from all over the place but a lot of it comes from the atmosphere around the west coast underground. Hip hop that all the skaters listened to in Vancouver when I was growing up, stuff like The Good Life, I and Project Blowed. This music is surreal, chaotic, intelligent, colourful and most importantly eternally fresh." Devon Halfnight Leflufly’s 2013 graduate collection was a colour storm of hand painted art, digital images and laser cut leather details that have already secured him a collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

    True believer 2013. Photography by Alex Salinas

  • Manon Kündig

    Adverse to the seasonal routine of fashion system, this Swiss-born designer graduated in 2012 with the menswear collection Bowerbird, a psychedelic accumulation of eye candy prints sourced from online GIF archives and extreme craftsmanship through the technique of marbling. The Swiss CCIJ recently funded Manon Kündig's project to research this ancient technique in Japan.

    Bowerbird 2012. Photography Michaël Smits

  • Minju Kim

    Fairytale cartoon world, oversized origami, bubblegum colour shades and romantic transparencies. The master collection of this Korean designer was a virtuosic continuation of her bachelor collection Dear My Friend that won the H&M award 2013. The inspired capsule collection was launched last October and leaves us wondering what the visionary designer will offer up next.

    Backstage graduation 2013. Photography Boy Kortekaas

  • Bernhard Willhelm

    The forever young renowned provocative designer who collected countless prizes like ANDAM in 2005 and designed costumes for theatre plays and music stars like Bjork, he is the unquestioned pioneer of Belgian-based designers combining fashion with art and a new approach to the culture of image, where every show is a spectacular performance.

    Backstage Bernhard Willhelm AW12-13. Photography Alfredo Piola