06/03/2014 § Leave a comment
Antwerp is a famous fashion capital and we’re so damn proud of that. We have the Fashion Academy (Royal Academy of Fine Arts), The Fashion Museum, a lot of stores that Ghent and even Brussels don’t have and every once in a while a cool pop-up store. The thing I love most about Antwerp is that we are so different from other cities when it comes to fashion and style. Stroll around in Ghent for a day and you’ll never see the unique wardrobe pieces you can spot in Antwerp. In Antwerp people have more guts and I often notice that people in a city like Ghent frown upon some of my clothes, but also admire it. I get a lot of compliments there (more than when I studied in Antwerp!) about my clothes and style (“Nice cathat!” “Nice shirt!” etc.).
Because Antwerpen Streetstyle as a blog takes enough of awesome pictures, I decided to make a drawing of pieces that make an impression on me on the streets:
- Short Dr. Martens: the first person I saw wearing them was my best friend Jan. He combines them flawlessly with black pants and cute socks. I have convinced myself to buy the classic ones and they’re awesome (especially if you walk on heels every day like I do!). They are not only for scene kids!
- Rosheruns: seriously, the city is full with Rosheruns. First, everyone wore Nike Airs, now everyone wears Rosheruns. When my friend Charlotte wore them for the first time, I thought they looked like ugly runnershoes (which give me – the sport hater – terrible nightmares). But now I have to admit some people really know how to wear and style them. Plus: they are comfy.
- Marc Jacobs Loafers: They’re not new, but come on. They’re still epic.
- Monki tote bag filled with cats: sadly, there is no Monki store in Antwerp. I was in Caffénation last week and saw a girl with this bag. I have a shirt with the same cats so I immediately asked her if it was from Monki. It was. Whenever you’re in Paris, Berlin or Amsterdam, be sure to visit this store that is a mixture of COS and H&M.
- Black beanies. Beanies everywhere.
- Collars and blazers: because they still go together as perfectly as cookies and cream. The combination reminds me of Diane Keaton’s tomboyish style from the late seventies.
- Since Nele from the Public Image (an independent concept store in the Wijngaardstraat) sells the special MDM Flow lipsticks, I see more purple lips in Antwerp than before. Lipstick is a must-have these days, and I see more girls leaving red/purple/dark lip stains on their boyfriend’s cheeks.
Things that miss on the list: knee-stockings, my own cat-ear-beanie, sweaters with penguins on them, shirts with pineapples and chelsea ankle boots.
05/03/2014 § 1 Comment
04/03/2014 § 1 Comment
My slogan is: there is no such thing as too many good advice from locals. I’m planning a trip to Paris at the moment and I tend to google as many local bars, restaurants and other hotspots as I can. When you only visit the tourist things, you’ll feel disappointed when you return. So, here are some of my favorite spots in Antwerp that I love to visit when I have a day off.
If you’re looking for breakfast, be sure to visit Tinsel. Tinsel is a lunchspot where you can get almost everything to stuff your face. Carrot cake, “broodpudding” (cake made with bread leftovers), English breakfast and… American pancakes! When you’re from France, the Netherlands or Belgium, you make pancakes the French way. So the American Pancakes are a welcome treat for us Belgians (because we seldom eat them!). Be sure to be early though, because the pancakes run out quickly since they’re so popular. Fun fact: you don’t have to wait on a waitress to take your order, you just scribble it on a cute note and bring it to the counter!
Tinsel, Vlaamse Kaai 10, 2000 Antwerp
The following Italian restaurant is not one I often visit, because it’s not cheap yet it’s not extremely expensive either. Trattoria I Famosi is the best Italian restaurant in Antwerp in my opinion and offers main courses between 16 and 30 euros. The restaurant is located in a hidden street next to the Nationalestraat (where the MoMu is) and has an authentic atmosphere.
I Famosi, Steenbergstraat 11, 2000 Antwerp
(!!!) open tue-sun 17:30 – 23:00
If the only thing you have left to do after a day of strolling in the city is putting on some red lipstick and press your lips against a wineglass, then Patine and Vinicity are perfect for you. Both in the South-area of Antwerp (close to the museums, yay!), but they’re totally different from each other. Patine is drenched in the Parisian Montmartre atmosphere, while Vinicity has the air of a modern neighborhood in London. Patine is larger (which also means: more people, more noise), but its strenghts are jazzy music, candles and delicious food. Vinicity is a lot smaller, but also more serene. It’s whatever you like best!
Vinicity, Karel Rogierstraat 40, 2000 Antwerp
Patine, Leopold de Waelstraat 1, 2000 Antwerp
Leisure, art & culture
If it’s a lovely, sunny day and you’re with friends, everyone knows that you have to go get some wine and a baguette to chill on the banks of the Scheldt. But if you’re alone… Grab a book and walk to the botanical garden. It’s small and not that impressive, but it’s calm and often the only way to ease my mind after a stressful day.
Botanical Garden, Leopoldstraat, 2000 Antwerp
Be sure to broaden your view on film by watching movie at Cinema Zuid. The cinema is in the same building as the photomuseum and features classic and arthouse movies almost every day of the week. You can improve your experience with a visit to the museum above (FoMU) or the MHKA museum a couple of blocks away.
Cinema Zuid, Waalse Kaai 47, 2000 Antwerp
On a perfect Sunday afternoon I drink coffee at Coffee and Vinyl and search through their impressive vinyl collection. The owner has a lot of records and you can always ask if he has a specific one or not (last week I was looking for In the Small Wee Hours from Frank Sinatra, but they didn’t have it ). C&V is also an art gallery, which features work from different artists every month.
Coffee & Vinyl, Volkstraat 45, 2000 Antwerp
03/03/2014 § 1 Comment
When the little film house Cartoons closed unexpectedly last year, I was really disappointed. While Ghent has tons of little cinemas (KASK cinema, Sphinx, Studio Skoop…) we only had one: Cartoons. There weren’t enough funds to keep it going, so it closed its doors. A dark day for a lot of cinephiles in Antwerp.
But now it has re-opened! With new owners, a ravishing new look and tons of movies. I remember Cartoons as a bit of a gloomy looking place, but the new owners really fixed the place up! They have hung a collage of movie posters on the walls and they opened a brand new bar (with sofas!) where you can sip from your wine with friends and discuss the movie you’ve just seen.
And of course, the movies are really worth going to this small cinema.
Cartoons has opened up with movies such as Nymphomaniac (pt. I & II), Like Father Like Son and L’inconnu du Lac; three movies that I liked a lot. They play other ones as well (Die Andere Heimat, Gloria, The Lunchbox…) and if you catch a movie between 5 and 6 o’clock, you only pay six (!) euros! A nice deal for my fellow poor students, if you ask me!
Kaasstraat 4-6, 2000 Antwerp
02/03/2014 § 1 Comment
We have already wanted to work with guest bloggers for a very long time now, so we have finally put our plans into action and have found someone that wanted to co-operate with us. Our very first guest blogger is Eline Van Hooydonck. She is a good friend of us and an Antwerpian by heart. She will blog this entire week about the art scene in Antwerp, her favorite adresses, and of course: street style. Enjoy!
“Hi, I am Eline Van Hooydonck and I am 22 years old. I’m guest blogger because Antwerp is the city I have fallen in love with ever since I was a little girl. Also, my grandmother had a café in the center of Antwerp so you can consider me a “Sinjoor” for sure.
These days most of my time goes to working on the drawings that I make on my iPad. I only use my finger and an app, so by trying to draw every day I hope to improve my style. Of course I am also busy with school, since I study Art History at the University of Ghent. No worries, I still live in Antwerp! In my spare time I love watching movies. I try to keep track of all the movies that are released every week.
The thing I like most about Antwerp is the mix of old and new in the city. We have the old city center, the wonderful MSKA, ‘t Steen, etc. But we also have the truly modern MAS and brand new museums like the MHKA or the Red Star Line museum. What I dislike in the city is the quality of the sidewalks and streets. It’s as if we still live in the Middle Ages! I always trip over my own feet when I’m wearing heels and especially when I’ve had a glass of wine or three.
I think the art scene in Antwerp is pretty awesome. It is a pity that the renovation of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts is only over in 2017. Luckily we still have the MHKA, the little art galleries in the South, the FoMU and the MoMu.
The thing that makes Antwerp unique is the combination of all good things. We have water (Scheldt), we have an old city center (Medieval shizzle, yay!), we are an important fashion capital, we have the most beautiful station I’ve have ever seen anywhere, etc. Antwerp has the gift of attracting a broad audience.”
You can see all her drawings here on her personal blog.
Read here first post tomorrow on Antwerpen Streetstyle!
02/03/2014 § Leave a comment
Antwerpen Streetstyle is far more than only a blog. As you ought to know, you can follow us on various social media (see the sidebar). On these pages, you get interesting extras about Antwerp and about us. Let us have a tour around some new features!
We recently welcomed our 1000th fan on Facebook and we wish to reach all of these people. If you notice that you do not get us in your feed, go to our page and tick the box “Follow”. This way, you are kept up-to-date of new street style looks and other blog posts, and also of extra event and fashion information.
Instagram (& Twitter)
Antwerpen Streetstyle does not have a specific Instagram account, but you can find images and videos related to our blog with the hashtag #ASblog (which also applies for Twitter). We are just starting with the hashtag, but in the future this is an easy way to see Antwerp through our eyes!
You can by the way follow us on our personal Instagram accounts on @lara_antwerpenstreetstyle, @tine_as and @helen_as.
The mapping feature in Pinterest seems to be made for us! You can see our favourite addresses in Antwerp in our board “Guide to Antwerp”. With the map you can easily make a trip out of it. Let us know in the comments if you have some tips for us to include in our board!