Over the centuries, the city of Antwerp has always been set halfway between Paris and Amsterdam, a crossroads of cultures that have inevitably ended up shaping Antwerp’s identity and making it the cradle of fashionable experimentalism. It is from this fierce awareness that the designers Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch have decided to dedicate the new Les Hommes collection for spring summer 2020 to their city, exaggerating its vices and enhancing its virtues. Cycling as a national sport becomes a fashion inspiration: racing uniforms and technical fabrics alternate throughout the collection and are mixed with modern and impeccable tailoring, a bourgeois reminiscence of that the admirably snobbish habit of the inhabitants of Flanders.
Giving the show a bombardment of energy is the tribute to the techno culture, which with its psychedelic raves marked the musical history of Belgium during the 90s: the colors become neon, the music is deafening, while the wording and slogans on the catwalk act as nostalgic posters, from knit tops to socks. The focus on footwear is interesting: in addition to the revisiting of formal lace-ups, appropriately profiled in fluorescent colors, the new sneakers with maxi soles make their appearance on the catwalk, a welcome sight for lovers of the style.