Pavani visits Antwerp Fashion Week and comes home with tips about jobs
An article written by Pavani, ambassador of Young Patterns
Antwerp Fashion Week is a two-day event where showrooms open their doors for retailers who want to do their shopping for the next season. Dieter Deceuninck, the organiser of Antwerp Fashion Week, wants to give the sector a boost again with this event after the disastrous year 2020. When Young Patterns asked me to write a report on Antwerp Fashion Week, I was very enthusiastic. I love writing and fashion. It seemed as if this was written on my heart. In this article you will find a short report on my experience that day and some job tips from Dieter.
I was supposed to go on Sunday 18 July and Monday 19 July to report back, but since planning is not my strong suit, I was only able to go on Monday. The plan also included getting up early so I would have enough time to see most of the showrooms. Unfortunately, getting up early was too good to be true, so I settled for the afternoon.
The first showroom I visited was Studio Fishbone as it was closest to the train station. With an Antwerp Fashion Week flag to mark the entrance, I walked into a neat, tastefully decorated showroom. A young woman greeted me kindly and directed me to the owner of the studio, Nick Laurent. He greeted me at the top of an imposing stairwell and had a pleasant conversation with me.
As it was already late in the afternoon, I decided to go to Showroom Noire next. There I would have the best chance of meeting Dieter. Young Patterns had asked me to talk to him about commercial job opportunities for young people in the Belgian fashion industry, hoping to share some tips with you.
When I got there, the fashion show of Les Deux, a Danish menswear brand that arose from the chance meeting of two very different people who found each other in a common goal, had just started. The label has a very inclusive and inspiring vision of fashion. Their motto: “Opposites spark opportunities. Embrace difference.” (Fashion United 2021)
Later, I also followed the show of the emerging brand Second Female. Which turned out to be a very interesting experience. I felt like I was on a film set, which was in stark contrast to my daily life. It was quite exciting. The male models had a good audience consisting of the other female models cheering them on, armed with cocktails, alongside the more subdued shop representatives. I must admit that I was a little distracted by the whole event and its flair, which made me forget that it was actually about the clothes.