June 2010 I fell in love. She was small, quaint, antique and modern and just felt familiar. Her name is Antwerp. Antwerp is a small city in Belgium. Like my beloved Philly to New York is Antwerp to Brussels. There are late night french fry spots and sandwiches piled high with veggies (broodje) and succulent seafood. There are cobblestones, hustle and bustle, friendliness, trains and cultural richness, the Diamond District and the Red Light District where sex workers pose in store windows like mannequins offering their bodies to the highest bidder.
|Dries van Noten|
|Dries van Noten at Barneys|
|Dries Van Noten @ Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris|
|Walter Van Bierendonck via DirtyFingersStyleBlog|
|Ann Demuelemeester via Barneys|
And although they are not connected with Antwerp's explosive bloom, both my favorite artist, Rene Magritte and fashion designer, Martin Margiela evoke some of the same sensibilities that permeates the fibers of the city and those who love it.
|Maison Martin Margiela|
|Opening Ceremony & Magritte|
|the ra store|
|Essential Antwerp at Anthropologie|