Belgians Everywhere in Int'l World of Fashion
The face behind Chanel is big boss Karl Lagerfield, but he is backed by a team of creative designers within each division. In 2008 the Antwerp local Peter Philips was appointed to head the makeup division, which made him the brain behind each season’s new makeup colours. Philips graduated at the Antwerp fashion academy in 1993. It was not long before Lagerfield discovered the creative talent of Laetitia Crahay from Brussels when she headed the design studio of Brussels leather house Delvaux, and put her in charge of jewellery and accessories at Chanel's. Crahay studied styling at the Brussels college La Cambre and worked as art director for Olivier Theysken,s who amazed Paris with his first theatrical Gothic collection in 1997. After the artistic direction of Rochas and Nina Ricci, Theyskens produced a line for an American label and named it Theyskens’ Theory. Another Belgian who gained international acclaim is Olivier Rizzo, a stylist who graduated from the Antwerp fashion academy in 1993 and then went on to work closely with fellow student Willy Vanderperre, who later became a fashion photographer. In 2001 Marc Jacobs approached Rizzo to style a men’s show for Louis Vuitton. With the help of Vanderperre he casted the models and ended up staying with Vuitton as a consultant for three years before joining Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander and then Prada. Another well-known Flemish stylist is David Vandewal, who graduated from the Brussels fashion academy in 1992 and made a name for himself in New York, where he worked as a stylist on magazines like W Magazine, Interview, i-D and Vogue. He is currently on the permanent payroll of T, the style magazine of the New York Times.
Source: Flanders House, Flanders Today 04/16/12
Story created on April 15, 2013