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The Class of 2018: An Editorial Featuring Our Favorites from the Antwerp Fashion Academy Graduates

Another fruitful year has gone by at the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In honor of the class of 2018, we gathered a selection of silhouettes from the students that caught our attention. Let us present to you the pieces of art from Shayli Harrisson, Linus Leonardsson, Federica di Leo, Predrag Petrovic, Gennaro Genni Velotti and Kjell De Meersman.

2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva

‘Crimes against nature’ – Shayli Harrisson

Last year, Shayli took a year off to experience her roots again. This collection designed by Aussie girl Shayli Harrison is based on her life in Western Australia. Growing up surrounded by the native bush-land near the ocean, she would travel around with her family to visit national parks and go fishing. Something Shayli really missed when she came to Antwerp. Yet, all of this inspiration lead to Shayli discovering an exhibition that friends of hers, Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair put together, named Ecosexual Bathhouse.

Shayli first learned about the idea of ecosexuality through the Ecosex Manifesto by Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens.

“It’s about treating nature as your lover. Or looking at what you and nature have as a relationship. Perhaps, in that way, if we see it as something reciprocal, then we might stop abusing it. Just viewing the environment as another living entity, which you can take as far as you want. Some ecosexuals perform marriage rituals with the dirt, the ocean or the sun, for some it is very much a kink and for others it is simply a filter through which they view their relationship with the environment. For this collection I created a character that embodied my own love affair with nature: she is an Australian, white-trash goddess with a fetish for mother earth.”

2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva

‘Light of my life, fire of my lions’ – Linus Leonardsson

Amongst our favorites this year is one hidden gem. An actual bachelor graduate that is worth all our attention. Hailing from Stockholm, but currently based in Antwerp, Linus Leonardsson designed a series of functional menswear silhouettes. His signature mixture of silk, embroideries, knit and classic print is a treat for the eyes.

2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva

‘Rita’ – Federica di Leo

Throughout the collection, the born and raised in Sicily designer, Federica Di Leo tells a story. She takes it upon her to use all this heavy inspiration and turns it into something light and digestible.

For her master collection, Federica was inspired by the sad story of a young Sicilian girl in the early 90s, her name was Rita Atria. When Rita discovered her father and brother were both killed in an 80s mafia war, she wanted justice. Once Rita handed her very secret diary to the courts she became the number one target of the mob. Because her testimony was able to put many people in jail. Under the protection of Borsellino, she was put in a witness protection program, given a new identity and housed in the periphery of Rome. The poor girl had no friends and was living in a house tapped by the police. Plus, the mafia was looking for her. When the mob got a hold of her again Rita decided to put an end to her life.

2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva

‘Puls Asfalta’ – Predrag Petrovic

Munich-born Predrag decided to create a collection for the more flamboyant criminals of the 21st century. Inspired by both a trashy Serbian music television channel called TV Pink and a cult docu-movie on the Belgrade criminal underworld in the 90s, Predrag’s main focus was to be able to give people options or a fantasy. The documentary revolves around the rise of underground crime and how it escalated in 90s Belgrade. It had come to the point where young people wanted to become a myth by appearing on a death list in the newspaper.

Combining roughness with classic silhouettes and always keeping a feeling of royalty in mind is what drove Predrag to deliver a master collection that embodies privilege and the perception of wealth and class in Eastern Europe as opposed to the West.

2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva

‘Libera’ – Gennaro Genni Velotti

Libera, which stands for “free” in Italian, is also a movie that influenced Gennaro’s master collection. Carmela, one of the stories in the film directed by Pappi Corsicato, touched Gennaro so much he named his collection after that movie set in his hometown, Naples. It’s a story about a man who people assume is a female raising her son and then later reveals to the boy that she is actually his father. Gennaro explains that it’s all about the duality. The idea that the figure of a woman can be a man, a father and a mother. It has a direct link to Gennaro’s life and his mother who he holds dear.

His mothers love lead him to the idea of women wearing men’s clothing and got a lot of inspiration by looking at feminist Italian women and artists like Ketty La Rocca and male art figures like Joseph Beuys. But also photographers Martin Parr and Ferdinando Scianna.

2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva

‘Mami Wata’ – Kjell De Meersman

Growing up his mother worked as a banker. Despite that, she always found a way to look feminine. However, these past twenty years, Kjell has been unimpressed with what women have been wearing. It’s almost like they are anxious to show their femininity. Those elements inspired Demeersman to create a hyper-feminine collection. As one of the few masters designing eveningwear, he worked with a lot of latex to add sexiness. Besides that, he added a lot of tailored elements here and there as a nod to corporate life.

2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva
2018 Fashion graduates Antwerp Fashion Academy © Lalo + Eva

Photography by LALO+EVA for ENFNTS TERRIBLES
Production and styling by ENFNTS TERRIBLES

Make-up and hair by SANNE SCHOOFS
Models: Ornella Perl (Dominique Models) & Thomas Mangelschots (Hakim Models)

With special thanks to Shayli Harrisson, Linus Leonardsson, Federica di Leo, Predrag Petrovic, Gennaro Genni Velotti, Kjell De Meersman and Cinema Cartoons, Magazijn Sanba for the location

 

 

 

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