“But what were you wearing?”

Coming back to Amsterdam in winter comes with 4 layers of clothing extra. We’re talking the Michelin Man; a scarf, ear muffs and gloves. Other than in Hong Kong, my transportation of choice is a bike. A man yells at me from his bike “Hey sexy. Where are you going?” He stops, turns around and tries to follow me. Let me repeat that. He stopped his journey to wherever he has to go, in the cold drizzly weather, to follow a girl on a bike he does not know. – And you wonder why I don’t trust people. Especially when complete strangers have been following me more than once, and a lot first reactions were ‘But what were you wearing?’ 

First of all; I was wearing my old Jimmy Choo’s, black leggings with leather pannels, a knee length trenchcoat and a HUGE white scarf. I was on my way to school. I wasn’t asking for ‘it’. I just want to wear things I feel comfortable in. I should not feel guilty for wanting to wear what I like to wear, because some ass can’t control himself. Thank God most of my friends are quite progressive and share this view.

Second; 1 in 2 women and 3 in 10 men in the Netherlands have experienced undesired sexual soliciting. When you question my appearance as part of who is to blame, I will stop trusting you. Which also means, chances are big someone else in your close surroundings will stop trusting you.

Us, women, don’t need to be empowered to be strong. I, like many of my peers, come from a generation where my parents tried to give me any opportunity possible and told me I could be anything I wanted to be. We are strong. Even when society won’t let us. We need to be empowered to change the views on women in this society. And we all have different responsibilities. Our reality in the western world is to maintain and make equal our opportunities to our male peers. So we can make sure others in other less fortunate societies can do the same.

We are lucky our starting point is not as bad as other places in the world. But never listen to someone who says “Don’t complain, it’s worse in central Africa and the Middle East.” This is literally a tactic used by abusers. Translated it means “I can treat you worse if I wanted to, so be lucky I won’t.” We shouldn’t take catcalling as a better alternative than something worse. Because they are scarier, taller, stronger.

“Dear sleazeballs,
Stop it, you are harassing me.
- Linda.”

LinpuntxCatcalling

“You look good enough to taste.”

LinpuntxCatcalling

“Can I come home with you?”

LinpuntxCatcalling

“I bet you look good naked!”

LinpuntxCatcalling

“Hey! Fuck Me-eyes! I want to fuck your ass.”

LinpuntxCatcalling

“Hey you, hot stuff! Where do you work? Can I give you a ride to work? What time do you get off? GET IN MY CAR!”

Five illustrations of ‘But what I was wearing’ of five occasions of catcalling.
Liquid eyeliner on watercolor paper (December, 2014)
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Beautiful birds and fabulous feathers at MoMu, Antwerp.

Ever wondered how all the famous fashion houses incorporate feathers in their wonderful designs? This spring the Fashion Museum in Antwerp hosts an elegant exhibition on the use of plumes and feathers in fashion and haute couture. From Alexander McQueen to Cristóbal Balenciaga, you will all find them in the “Birds of Paradise” exposition. With a mixture of couture dresses, garments and historical accessories, the elegant and refined character of the feather is the shining star in the museum.

LINPUNT X BIRDS OF PARADISE - PHOTO: Boy Kortekaas

The concept of “Birds of Paradise” started about a year and a half ago, a time the Fashion Museum usually takes to create a new exhibition. It starts with an idea from one of the members of the exhibition department, such as director Kaat Debo, curator Karen van Godtsenhoven or conservator Wim Mertens. This idea is then worked out in different themes and during several meetings the exhibition gets more structure and shape. One of the most struggling parts of creating an new exhibition is getting the pieces and art works you really want and that will fit the theme. For a small museum as the Fashion Museum Antwerp this usually takes up most of the time, another reason why the concept development starts quite early. It can take weeks before there is any form of communication between the museum and a potential loan giver, which can be frustrating at times. Fortunately, during the past few years the MoMu created a trusted name for itself in the art and fashion world, which leads to successful collaborations with other museums and influential fashion houses.

The exhibition covers the different associations you may have with plumes and feathers. The dark romance of the black feathers, the luxurious feeling of evening gowns covered in white feathers and the sophistication of the colorful, yet refined 19th century fans made with plumes from exotic birds.

LINPUNT X BIRDS OF PARADISE - PHOTO: Boy Kortekaas

The craft of the plumassier is highlighted in some of the designs of Dior, Chanel and Givenchy in collaboration with the renowned Maison Lemarié, known for their numerous techniques of feather embroidery. The British artist Kate MccGwire was asked to showcase some of her works in the exhibition. She primarily works with pigeon and crow feathers and creates engaging and otherworldly organic art pieces. Her large feather sculptures forces the viewer to look at pigeons and crows in a new light and create new connotations with these everyday birds. Next to that, a couple of contemporary designers are featured in this exhibition, such as the  Belgian designers Ann Demeulemeester and Dries van Noten, who both are huge fans of the use of feathers in their designs.

But the crown jewel of “Birds of Paradise” is the iconic swan’s down coat, worn and owned by Marlene Dietrich. The feathers of over 300 swans were needed to make the coat, which is 360 centimeter long from collar to tail. The gown almost looks like it was made out of fuzzy fur, which enhances the glamorous feeling of this luxury piece.

LINPUNT X BIRDS OF PARADISE - PHOTO: Boy Kortekaas

“Birds of Paradise” sheds a new light on every winged animal which is out here and makes you want to wear your peacock printed dress which was hanging in the back of your closet for way too long. Though, the truly successful factor in this exhibition is the versatility in the beautiful clothes and themes.  Every theme focusses on different use of feathers, which makes this exhibition playful and well-rounded from the beginning to the end. So, let yourself be amazed by tropical birds and elegant doves and visit the Fashion Museum Antwerp for a feathery experience in fashion history.

Featuring Chanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton, Thierry Mugler, Giambatista Valli, Yves Saint Laurent and Ann Demeulemeester.

You can visit Birds of Paradise- Plumes and Feathers at the Fashion Museum Antwerp until August 24, 2014. For more information on this exhibition, visit www.momu.be or www.facebook.com/momuantwerp.

Text: Charlotte de Gier
Photo: Boy Kortekaas
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Vivienne Westwood S/S 2014

Not far from the famous harbor does a crowd of fashion lovers gather, as a final salute after a week of fashion at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Hong Kong does love extraordinary shows. Even though we recognize looks from the prêt-à-porter show in Paris last September, we still dream away at the showcase of a runway equivalent of a mixtape of over 50 pieces from her four collections: Gold Label, Red Label, Man and Red Carpet.

Vivienne Westwood collection’s ascendancy is a result of hard work of four decades and its essence remains soulfully punk British; tartan prints, massive platform shoes and Watteau gowns of endless silk and lace.

While the concepts based on life of ordinairy people in the Middle Ages,  Shakespear’s play Canterbury Tales, Gustave Courbert’s painting Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, Poverty in India and Indian governments profiting off the spoils may seem like a whirlwind of randomness for the untrained eye.
Even then, every single piece is screaming: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD.

The Climatic Revolution concept is a brilliant approach of sustainability, where we are not force-feeded obvious green fashion. Instead, Dame Viv is mixing boundless creativity in a juxtaposition of recycled materials and exquisite fabrics; a theatrical night gown dappled with used sunglass lenses.

Dame Viv, throw me through the rabbit hole again, I don’t want to wait until next season.

Linpunt x Vivienne Westwood

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BARBARA I GONGINI S/S14 // W19/M2

Our halloween costumes may still be on the foot ends of our beds while we give our last salute to this summer’s bold and bright fashion.

My mother; dictator of floral for summer and blacks for winter. My mother, great woman and loving wife, was never able to tell me what to do, when to do it. Since when do we care about fashion tyranny anyway? – Anna Wintour, may you have mercy on my soul.
When “I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color” is a life slogan, you go further than just prints and patterns. Silhouette, textile and texture suddenly seem more important.

Barbara í Gongini’s transitional and conceptual S/S 2014 line seems to translate this with their muted color palette. Deep blacks, crisp whites, dirty greys and faded dark tones are paired up with degraded metals and grey metallics. Hard leathers and stern linens are contrasted by fine knits, sheer dried cottons and translucent gauze.

LINPUNT X BIGfemme collection 19 – photo: Michael Maximillian Hermansen
 

Concept meets functionality, deconstruction meets tailoring; the composition of layering and volume interact with 3D surfaced rendered lines and tules into a symphony of monochrome individuality.

LINPUNT X BIG MENSWEARhomme collection 2  - photo: Michael Maximillian Hermansen
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First gaze on Lady Dior, As Seen By.

My boyfriend gives me looks of fear and distress when I ask him to get something from my handbag. -Afraid to be sucked in and lost for years and years, wandering Narnia. Most ladies agree with me that a good handbag can hold everything: a phone, tampons, a stuffed make-up pouch, the universe, snacks, you name it. Pier 4 on Hong Kong Island stepped in the footsteps of Milan, Tokyo and Shanghai to be the home for this XXXL-sized bag shaped building,  known for its arching handles and dangling golden letters, which holds renewed interpretations in various materials by artists of various disciples, such as: photography, architecture and film.

Other than Christian Dior I am not a gallery owner, however, my passion for fashion, culture and contemporary art all came together on the exhibition floor with one bag that shows million faces. After all, every person can only truly call themselves a proud owner if the bag is not a borrow nor a fake, but a genuine reflection of their personality, and ultimately, their interpretation.

I might be just 4 years older than the iconic Lady Dior, it doesn’t change I wanted to be lost in this bag, and never to be found again.

LINPUNT X LADY DIOR

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