Future talents | Antwerp, Miquel Boutens (boys don’t cry)

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Chers lecteurs,

one of my favorite designer this year at the graduation show of Antwerp’s Academy was Miquel Boutens with his collection inspired by Le petit prince. In the middle of the creative uproar appeared delicate silhouettes wearing light fabrics with pastel colors and gold.

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Fragile and powerful, the silhouettes have short pants with silk capes. It’s like little boys playing a game where they would be emperors. It reminds me of the young Malcom McDowell playing Caligula (see below), so innocent and so cruel.

Angel face: Malcom McDowell in Caligula (1979)

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With colors and fabrics usually shown in women collections, all the gold and embroideries « like stars falling from the sky » on a navy jacket, the imaginary boys of Miquel Boutens are very poetic. But looking at them you’ll notice that they are not « weak », metrosexual, nor caricatural. Those garments are the expression of a dream. Miquel Boutens (4th grade) won two prizes, the Flanders Fashion Institute Award and the Feeling x Essentiel prize