AYDAH Foundation

Advancing Health and Improving Youth self development

African Youth Development and Health Foundation,

a non-profit group, organized to

Establish, Prevent and Maintain a comprehensive and efficient healthcare delivery to the youth and underserved communities

Provide opportunities and inspire the Youth through Education, Employment and Empowerment 

Spring through Belgian eyes

As it is ridiculously cold here in my tiny corner of the world I have once again started dreaming about spring. More sunshine, birds twittering, riding your bike with only a light jacket. Even though Spring/Summer 2010 collections were shown in October, when winter had barely begun, I usually start getting tired of winter around January-February. And now with this extra cold winter of ours – there is actually talk of more snow coming our way – it’s nice to think of the warmer days ahead.

Two of the designers I consistently turn to for inspiration are Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten. Yes, I am at first sight rather patriotic when it comes to fashion but then again they do represent two different parts of what I like in fashion.

First off is Ann Demeulemeester. As a designer hailed for her monochromatic collections with a rough edge she appeals to my inner dark side (don't you love dorky Star Wars jokes?). I remember fawning over her motorcycle boots from a couple of seasons back and fiercely wishing I had taken the plunge when seeing them on one of my style muses, Taylor Tomasi.

Ann Demeulemeester Spring/Summer 2010
Source: Style.com

Demeulemeester's s/s '10 collection started off with the ever-present black and then flowed into more spring territory. I have to admit that I instantly fell in love with the bird-print on white (or it might be a large flower, I can't see it that well). Such an eye-catching detail, flowing while yet appropriate to wear with a sharply tailored jacket. The movement of that skirt was amazing as well (you can see a side shot on Ann's website).

The second designer I want to mention here - and radically different from Demeulemeester - is Dries Van Noten. Known for his eclectic pieces with colourful and ethnic prints the difference between the two Antwerp designers couldn't be much bigger. Refusing to advertise his line, Dries was one of my first fashion influences as I often passed the always impeccable and inspiring shop windows of his Antwerp flagship store.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2010
Source: Style.com

Dries is a master at mixing patterns and prints in rich and bold colour palettes, a thing which I think would make this world a much happier place. It certainly makes me happy when I wear colour.

Isn't that bracelet in the picture below to die for? I'm hoping I can DIY something similar soon.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2010
Source: Style.com

Are you excited for spring? Which designers do you look to for fashion inspiration?

à bientôt my dears.

Ps: As a little send-off a wonderful quote by mr Van Noten:

“At the end, it's not about disguising people. It's about showing people who they are and their personality with clothes.”
- Dries van Noten