writings about intriguing fashion, culture and lifestyle, brought to you by filakuku.

The first 72 hours of Fashion Week & fila’s magical red shoes.

Fashion week is the moment to discover designers you didn’t know yet and get -pleasantly- surprised by the work of others. Sadly enough, filakuku. lost her magical red shoes to ‘click’ her way into the Big Apple … –  Trust me, I’ve tried. The gods just aren’t convinced that my ‘home’ in “there’s no place like home” IS indeed New York City!

So a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do &  browse the net for her favorite designers showing at Fashion Week!

BCBG Max Azria

 The use of semi-transparant fabric yet not be revealing much = a new, strict attractivenes. It makes a woman feel strong.

Park Choon Moo

filakuku. = a layering lover – duh.
The black ‘n white color palette, rich within all these different tones, the layering and the mixing of contrasting textures reminds me of
Belgium’s proud Ann Demeulemeester.

Timo Weiland

 Timo sends out his models looking like they’ve just began layering garments coming straight out of bed
– we know better off course but we can only cheer (really, really loud!) for so much beauty keeping us warm next fall/winter!

Rebecca Taylor

Can you feel the softness?


For the love of.

A true belieber don’t need no explanation, no idle words.


H&M – battle of the Lowlands?

The names of the finalists of the H&M Design Award 2012 are announced!

Belgians can be proud of Zoe Vermeire; she is chosen to represent  Belgian fashion in this international competition.

Zoe lives in Ghent and studied  ‘Stylisme et Création de Mode’ at Brussels’ La Cambre. She is inspired by the process of working on toalles; the result of a technique of draping fabric into a garment.

” For me it’s something like sculpturing with fabrics, like making a fake body.
You see what’s possible and you remake it and remake it”.

Belgians may have all the right to be proud of Zoe Vermeire, but filakuku.’s heart secretly goes out to the Dutch finalist, Anne Bosman

Anne has recently graduated cum laude from Artez Institute of the Arts, known for his ‘Fashion Design’ department.
He currently lives in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Photos: Peter Stigter

His collection was inspired by the perfectly folded kimono’s of Japanese emperors. Taking these kimono’s as a basis for his garments and combining it with a colorful and graphic print,  Anne designed a contemporary, voluminous menswear collection – for those daring men among us.


Will it be a battle of the Lowlands?

Rooting for Anne

– an Artez-dropout



Stine Riis … 

28 years old

recently graduated from London College of Fashion

lives in Copenhagen

 is the winner of the first edition of the H&M Design Awards!!

so that means she wins 50.000 euro and some of her pieces will be sold in H&M stores!

What about Anne Bosman, you ask? 

He won the H&M Design Award People’s Prize, what earns him a one month internship at Christopher Kane!

Tape (of the) Art

Damn, I love them artists who work with unusual materials! Feel like I’m back in school, where we were told – oh, so more than once –  to “think outside the box, the world is your canvas!”

… or some ‘almighty truth’ just like that.
Tape-Art finds his origin in the gloomy streets of Amsterdam where the old street lamps shine a golden light upon the roads.
The lamps are covered with a thick sheet of Plexi-glass which creates a nice graphic effect because of the layering of the tape.

The founding father of the Tape-Art, Max Zorn, talks about his inspiration for using tape as an artistic material:

”  The idea to work with tape instead of paint was inspired by a friend who worked as a car designer at that time. These guys often use slim tapes to outline their ideas on large boards. I was surprised to see, how fast they could create stunning sketches with it. During the last years that kind of tape-art also conquered the streets as a new form of urban art. However, it is widely practised by using colored tape on walls or streets.”

Although Max practices his Tape-Art mainly in the streets of Amsterdam, you can find his street art in a small dozen cities
– off you go!

origami, origa-her

The Russian fashion- and art-photographer Levon has taken a totally different approach on photographing the female body.

In his series ‘Human Origami’ the artist portrays women as origami foldings. The models position their body in a certain way, so that they represent an origami figure. These women posing on the white furniture recalls the image of a piece of art, exhibited on a white pedestal during a museum exhibition. The use of soft light brings shadows and depth to the photos. This adds to the strength of the geometrical lines of the women’s statuesque postures.

filakuku. has a love for these geometrical lines, so strong in their simpleness. The sharp angles, the meticulously folded paper and those strong lines form a timeless image –
– just as timeless as the origami crane bird, tattooed on fila’s right side 😉

A story about a Maison

This morning, Maison Martin Margiela presented their Artisanal Collection for Fall/Summer 2012.

I have always been an admirer of Maison Martin Margiela, and especially of their unique approach to designing each aspect of their label. As I have always felt thrown back and forth between a future in fashion, lifestyle, public relations or maybe graphic design, the brand ‘Maison Martin Margiela’ continued to draw my attention.

Each realization of MMM (from clothing to interior to their corporate design) breaths the philosophy of the brand.  The excesses and transformations of everyday life have always been the inspiration for their collections, since the early years of Maison Martin Margiela in 1988. From the Artisanal collection, that is all about transforming used fabric into new creations, until the numbered label sewn in the garments, it embodies a certain ‘MMM-ness’. The anonymity of Mister Martin Margiela contributes to the intriguing character of this Maison.

One of my favorites

White, in all its various tones and textures, works as a thread throughout all the collections and the brand’s expression. The clothing wears a white label, is shown in white spaces and the Margiela team operates in white coats – inspired by the ‘blouses d’essayages’, coats models used to wear between fittings in the Ateliers. Customers shop in white Martin Margiela Maisons, and buy the all-black-and-white book ‘Maison Martin Margiela’, published to celebrate the Maison’s 20th anniversary. As a proud
owner, I declare this book to be a piece of art almost, just as Margiela’s garments.

The Artisanal collection, or collection ‘0’  is one of the 11 collections that Maison Martin Margiela brings to life. It lives side by side with clothing lines for men and women, accesorries, eyewear and fragrances – all were born naturally as the brand developed throughout the years. The Maison gives a second life to collected used garments and accessories, protecting – and even praising – the traces of the passage of time and use. Maison members transform these garments by hand, what results in unique pieces, each as exclusive as the materials they were made of.

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