The Belgians : An Unexpected Fashion Story

Belgians seem to be as surprised as anyone else that their small country could produce a seismic shift in fashion, starting with the success of the original Antwerp Six in 1986. This explains the title of a new exhibition at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, The Belgians: An Unexpected Fashion Story (on display till September 13). But as I walked through the exposition in tribute to the Belgian fashion scene, I wondered if it really should be so unexpected. After all, Belgium is a politically complex case, balanced precariously and unsteadily between Flemish and Wallonian interests. It has a rich, if sometimes combustive, blend of cultures, influences, and languages. In moments of crisis and stalemate, the inspiration and yearning for change take on different forms–consider the blossoming of the avant-garde movement at the turn of the 20th century.

the-belgians1athe belgians1

Belgian fashion is anything if not avant-garde. It makes a powerful statement, it casts conventions aside, it makes you look at things in a new way. It can be an experience that is both disconcerting and inspiring, and living in Belgium I have come to see it as an essential part of local culture. Fashion is taken seriously here, although not in the sense of social expectations of looking a certain way that exists in Paris or New York. It’s an idea. It’s an art form. You can wear it, if you want, or you can simply admire it. Which is what I usually do when I head to Rue Antoine Dansaert, a dynamic part of Brussels and a place for fashion pilgrimage. Young and established designers have their boutiques there, and although I rarely buy anything, I go to the stores for a dose of beauty–or a jolt–and I treat them like museums.

For this reason, the exhibit curated by Didier Vervaeren is particularly welcome. I have always wished to see pieces from different time periods side by side and to probe into the history of Belgian fashion. The exhibit satisfies on the first count, less so on the second. The selection is varied, although there is enough focus on the original Antwerp Six, a group of fashion designers who graduated from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the eighties: Walter van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs, and Marina Yee. What made the fashion world take notice of the Belgians was the radical and bold statements they made with their couture.

antwerp six

The Antwerp Six (L to R: Marina Yee, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dirk Van Saene). Photograph by Karel Fonteyne.

As the Bozar exhibit demonstrates, taking the viewer through the evolution of Belgian fashion and some of its highlights, nothing is taken for granted–shape, color, function. The result can be Raf Simon’s white dress for Dior combining precise tailoring with a dramatic line. Or a voluminous parachute skirt by Olivier Theyskens paired with a mustard yellow puffy vest. Pieces may be deconstructed and unconventional, but they can also be wistful and delicate as in Ann Demeulemeester’s interpretations. They also tell a story, and standing in front of an army of mannequins at the beginning of the exposition, I felt as if I were facing the Chinese emperor’s Terracotta Army.

IMG_5898IMG_5902IMG_5900IMG_5899

Besides the established names, it was also fascinating to discover work by recent graduates from La Cambre school in Brussels and Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. They’re certainly not resting on their predecessor’s laurels but instead are continuing to explore and recast fashion in their own ways.

Another interesting discovery in this context was Diane von Furstenberg. Although the designer built her empire in the United States, she was born in Belgium, and her bright, colorful pieces fit well into the exposition.

The exhibit left me wishing for more–more fashion, more history, more stories. Some aspects of The Belgians were too cursory or too disjointed, peaking my interest without fully satisfying my curiosity. Why did Martin Margiela sell his brand? What’s at stake for a young designer? At the same time, I walked out with much inspiration and a new sense for fashion as art.

BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles
+ 32 (0) 2 507 82 00
www.bozar.be/en

http://www.bozar.be/en/activities/80682-the-belgians

Subscribe

81 Comments

  • Marsha: Very interesting article – even though I have absolutely no understanding of what the word “fashion” actually means. September 1, 2015 at 7:27am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m sure it means different things to different people. To me, it just means clothing. What I’ve come to admire about the Belgian fashion is the combination of down-to-earth and cerebral. And also its sense of fun. When you live in Belgium, you quickly come to be interested in the designers, because it’s a small country and the movement inspires many other cultural trends–art, painting, film, theater design. September 1, 2015 at 7:41am Reply

  • Josie: I’d love to visit Belgium. I don’t know a lot about it it sounds like a fascinating country. September 1, 2015 at 8:05am Reply

    • Victoria: I can’t recommend it enough. A wonderful and totally underrated country. September 1, 2015 at 10:51am Reply

  • Sara: What perfume did you wear to the exhibit? 🙂 September 1, 2015 at 8:31am Reply

    • Victoria: It was Loewe Quizas, Quizas, Quizas. 🙂 September 1, 2015 at 10:51am Reply

      • Karen: I’d never heard of Quizas so looked it up and it sounds quite interesting – so many perfumes to learn about! September 2, 2015 at 7:22am Reply

        • Victoria: I received a sample at my local perfume store, and I’ve been enjoying it a lot. September 2, 2015 at 2:23pm Reply

    • angeldiva: What a great question, Sara! September 1, 2015 at 10:09pm Reply

  • luctor: thank you for reviewing. when i’m visiting from germany next week, i have to make time for this expo. September 1, 2015 at 8:42am Reply

    • Victoria: I hope that you like it. There are a few other exhibits going on at the Bozar at the same time, and the hallway features a huge grass stuffed installation. So the whole place smells of sunwarmed hay and almonds. September 1, 2015 at 10:50am Reply

      • Barbara: Hay! One of my favoritest smells in the world. September 1, 2015 at 11:22am Reply

        • Victoria: Hay is an irresistible scent. 🙂 September 1, 2015 at 1:14pm Reply

  • Elena: Marvelous post that made for fun reading! I usually lurk, but this post inspired me to comment. I love when you describe different places, because you include many different themes in your stories, like in this one, fashion, politics, arts. That’s why I enjoy your blogs. Do you admire one designer in particular? Or several? September 1, 2015 at 8:59am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for de-lurking, Elena, and for your nice words. Hard to avoid politics when you’re in Belgium and Brussels specifically. Not only is there the EU machine with its politicians, Brussels itself is made up of 19 municipalities, each with its own mayor. To say that it takes a long time for things to get done here is an understatement. 🙂 But what produces much dull bureaucracy also produces visionaries in all spheres.

      One of my favorites is Annemie Verbeke. I love the way she blends fabrics and textures. She also has a great way with colors. September 1, 2015 at 10:48am Reply

      • Karen: Just looked at her web site and – Wow! are her clothes just so gorgeous! Small details like the piping up the legs on some linen pants, and her color combinations along with textures are elegant and look really wearable. September 3, 2015 at 5:11am Reply

        • Victoria: Yes, I can’t agree more. That’s exactly why I admire her collections. These unusual details and interesting texture combinations do give her clothes a very distinctive look. September 3, 2015 at 8:07am Reply

  • Barbara: I didn’t know Diane Von Fusternberg was Belgian! A cool factoid to have up my sleeve, forgive the pun. September 1, 2015 at 9:14am Reply

    • Victoria: She was born in Brussels, but her parents are from what’s now Moldova. I didn’t know any of it before the exhibit. When I spotted her clothes, I googled to find out why she was included. September 1, 2015 at 10:44am Reply

      • Barbara: I see. I adore her wrap dresses and have 8, including one 70s vintage inherited from my cousin. September 1, 2015 at 11:24am Reply

        • Victoria: Wow! Lucky you, Barbara. I have one DVF dress, which is the classical wrap-around style, but it has a full skirt. September 1, 2015 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: Victoria, thank you for this interesting post. I really love your blog and always look forward to reading it. You are a very good writer and put much feeling into it. September 1, 2015 at 9:21am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Phyllis! Some of these things are discoveries to me too, as I’m sharing them as I go. 🙂 September 1, 2015 at 10:42am Reply

  • The Scented Salon: This is all new to me, thanks for enlightening us. I am not much into fashion of any kind, honestly, but what I do love is the little of Belgium that I have seen. It is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited so far and I completely fell in love with one city in particular: Bruges.

    I believe that out of all my travels, that is the place I would most return to. The architecture is stunning and every little detail makes the place super cozy. It really transports you back into the “old days.”

    My experience of the Belgian people has been that they are friendly, laid back and have a great sense of humor. The elegant ladies that walk the streets show a sophisticated style unlike the avant-garde style you describe but they look beautiful. Cheers to Belgium! September 1, 2015 at 9:26am Reply

    • Victoria: Well, I tell you, my husband is the one who found out about the exhibit and wanted to visit it, and the guy’s wardrobe fits into one drawer. I don’t consider myself a fashion connoisseur by any stretch of imagination, and I don’t follow shows or fashion seasons. But when you see something different and interesting, it’s hard not to pay attention. Plus, Rue Dansaert happens to be in one of my favorite areas for Brussels, so I’m a big fan and take all of my visitors there.

      Bruges is very charming, and it’s one of my mom’s favorites. I prefer Gent or Leuven for a slightly more dynamic atmosphere, but Bruges is always wonderful to visit. The architecture, as you say, is amazing, and it has more Michelin stars per capita than Paris. September 1, 2015 at 10:42am Reply

  • Michaela: ‘They also tell a story, and standing in front of an army of mannequins at the beginning of the exposition, I felt as if I were facing the Chinese emperor’s Terracotta Army’

    I love this! September 1, 2015 at 9:31am Reply

    • Victoria: It was a dramatic way to open up the exhibit! September 1, 2015 at 10:35am Reply

  • Amy: I love Belgian design. If I wore nothing but Raf, Dries, and Theyskens for the rest of my life I would be perfectly happy. Wish I could have seen this show. September 1, 2015 at 10:45am Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, I agree, totally gorgeous. And totally out of my budget, although there are outlet boutiques around the city, and you can find some beautiful pieces at low prices. September 1, 2015 at 10:53am Reply

  • Annikky: Thank you for the review, Victoria! I saw a part of this exhibition in July, but we had to prioritize and contemporary Chinese art won. On reflection, this might have been the wrong choice, as the Chinese exhibition was – in my opinion – poorly curated. Maybe I can still manage to go and see the entire thing.

    And here’s an interesting article on Margiela brand, although it doesn’t answer your question http://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/opinion/op-ed-unmasking-margiela September 1, 2015 at 11:15am Reply

    • Victoria: The Chinese art exhibit didn’t score points for me. It felt confusing, but maybe it’s because the context and information were missing.

      Thank you for the article link. September 1, 2015 at 11:21am Reply

  • Yvonne: My pleasing and interesting perfumes would be Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely, VCA Murmure and Givenchy Fleur d’Interdit. September 1, 2015 at 12:17pm Reply

    • Victoria: I haven’t smelled Fleur d’Interdit, but I know the original, and it’s a gorgeous perfume.

      I love and wear Lovely too. September 1, 2015 at 1:17pm Reply

  • Yvonne: I apologize, I meant to post it in the Miu Miu thread.
    I’ve never been to Belgium, but I love Belgian waffles and speculas (spelling?) One of these days… September 1, 2015 at 12:19pm Reply

    • Victoria: Belgian food is a worthy reason for visiting here. 🙂 September 1, 2015 at 1:18pm Reply

  • Aisha: At the risk of revealing my age … Oh how I wish I had been able to see the more “fashionable” parts of Belgium when I visited with my parents waaaaaay back in the 80s. We ended up mostly staying in the more touristy areas. Not that they weren’t nice. I have fond memories of watching ladies making lace creations by hand. I guess that was kind of fashion…. 😉 Loved your article. September 1, 2015 at 12:52pm Reply

    • Victoria: The center of Brussels around Grand Place is my least favorite area of the city. It somehow manages to blend touristy, tacky and seedy, although Grand Place itself is gorgeous.

      As for the ladies making lace, I don’t think I’ve seen them. I wonder if there are still around. There are lots of lace shops, though. September 1, 2015 at 1:22pm Reply

      • Mer: I need to explore other areas of Brussels. This month is my 10th anniversary of living in Leuven, and Brussels is still a great unknown to me, even though now I work in Jette (but as you can imagine I just spend a huge amount of time in public transport through Noord station, Molenbeek…), touristy, tacky and seedy, is sadly all I’ve ever experienced. I’m sure I’m going to the wrong places. September 2, 2015 at 3:42am Reply

        • Victoria: I’ve come to conclusion that most guidebooks to Brussels start you off at the wrong spot. The Grand Place is beautiful, but the areas around it are not. If you’re coming from the Central Station area, then you’re really exposed to the worst of Brussels, a combination of grey and characterless (with the bad smells of the Central Station underground too). Instead, I take my visitors to the Parc, then down Rue Royale, down Victor Horta Fountain to the Bozar or further down Rue Royale till we hit Sablon. From there on to the atmospheric winding streets to The Marolles. I have a few other exploratory routes and Schaerbeek is a must for those who love Art Noveau architecture. In a city as underrated as Brussels, it’s the most underrated of areas, but it contains lots of interesting spots. September 2, 2015 at 3:51am Reply

          • Mer: I’m taking notes! 🙂
            I do love art nouveau, and from the bus I see many beautiful art deco buildings around the Koekelberg area, although some parts seem a bit degraded.

            The Schaarbeek station is definitely the highlight of my daily train trip. I hope it’ll be properly preserved. I haven’t had the chance to explore the area. September 2, 2015 at 4:02am Reply

            • Victoria: Parts of Schaerbeek are definitely run down, and given how dysfunctional and underfunded Brussels as a whole is, it takes a long time to repair anything. But when you walk through the Parc Josaphat and then continue down Avenue Louis Bertrand and all the way to Chaussee de Haecht, you can see a lot of old Brussels. Chaussee de Haecht contains a Turkish neighborhood, and you can find some delicious pastries at its tea shops. September 2, 2015 at 4:19am Reply

              • Mer: Great, thank you for the tips :))) September 2, 2015 at 4:23am Reply

                • Victoria: Anytime! I’m a big fan of Schaerbeek. We considered living there, but the location isn’t too good if one of us has to commute. September 2, 2015 at 5:53am Reply

                  • Mer: One of my coworkers lives there and it takes her nearly as long to get to Jette as me… bad transport combinations. September 2, 2015 at 5:57am Reply

                    • Victoria: Yes, even for me, and I’m not that far, getting to Schaerbeek takes some effort. It’s really badly connected. September 2, 2015 at 2:23pm

          • Austenfan: You know, you are so right about this. Reading this comment I realised that although I’ve visited Brussels quite often my visits have mostly been concentrated around the Mont des Arts, Grand Sablon, Grande Place and Monnaie. I’ve yet to visit Marolles and Schaerbeek.
            What I do love apart from the overcrowded tacky streets around GP is those old shopping arcades. There is a wonderful bookstore there called Tropismes. And I love the Louise area. September 2, 2015 at 10:49am Reply

            • Cornelia Blimber: Yes Tropismes is fantastic! I bought my Balzacs there , when I worked for 6 weeks in the Munt, dramaturgy department. I lived in Schaerbeek–it was a long, long ride with the bus!
              I loved the sad Madonna in the Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule. The Spanjards brought her to Brussels. September 2, 2015 at 12:09pm Reply

              • Victoria: I’m going to visit Tropisme next. I can’t believe I’ve missed it. September 2, 2015 at 2:29pm Reply

            • Victoria: Marolles has so many vintage stores and many interesting streets, so I can’t recommend it enough. Schaerbeek doesn’t even feel like Belgium. It’s a place of its own. I recommend reading about some suggested Art Noveau tours and planning your itinerary this way. There are lots of gorgeous buildings there.

              The old shopping arcades are stunning. I’ve pinpointed that one of David Suchet’s Poirot episodes must have been filmed there, The Chocolate Box. September 2, 2015 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Austenfan: Belgium is such an eclectic mix of cultures and languages etc. I visited Gent today and was again struck by the sheer beauty of all those old buildings.
    I have no interest in fashion whatsoever but I’m aware of the fact that in Belgium these artists represent so much more than just designers of fancy clothes.

    Talking of terracotta armies have you ever seen the work of Antony Gormley?
    I saw some of it years ago in the Tate St.Ives museum and found it quite impressive. September 1, 2015 at 1:16pm Reply

    • Austenfan: Completely forgot to mention that I enjoyed the post very much. You are becoming quite an ambassador for this little country! September 1, 2015 at 1:18pm Reply

      • Victoria: Thank you! I really enjoy living here, and several years later I still keep on making new discoveries. Up next, the perfume shops of Brussels! 🙂 September 1, 2015 at 3:55pm Reply

        • Mer: Rejoice! 🙂 September 2, 2015 at 3:44am Reply

          • Victoria: We’re well covered as far perfumes here! 🙂

            What about Leuven? I only remember Planet Parfum, etc. from my brief sojourn. September 2, 2015 at 3:52am Reply

            • Mer: In Leuven there was a delightful little shop, Vranckx, run by an enchanting older lady. She even had some niche lines in stock. They suffered a couple of burglaries, and then the last straw was a great increase in their rent, and she sadly had to stop business. So sad!

              For the rest yes, that I’m aware of, Paris ici, Planet parfum. For such a small city I guess we can’t complain, it has a lot of services. There’s even a heavy metal record store, hehe, although they’ve had to merge with the jazz store recently, which in a way is awesome. September 2, 2015 at 4:07am Reply

              • Victoria: There is much to love about this outcome of heavy metal merging with jazz. 🙂 September 2, 2015 at 4:20am Reply

                • Mer: I’m unconvinced as to the outcome so far, but we’ll have to persevere ;D

                  https://youtu.be/95Gvhjz-RQA September 2, 2015 at 4:32am Reply

                  • Victoria: Umm, no, not convinced either. But the idea sounds good in theory. 🙂 September 2, 2015 at 4:35am Reply

                    • Mer: Indeed, I think this one’s a challenge 🙂 September 2, 2015 at 4:39am

    • Victoria: True, it’s so much more than “fancy, expensive clothes.” At first I found my fascination with the Belgian designers hard to explain, because I didn’t own any of their pieces and my budget priorities don’t include expensive clothes. I just loved looking at them, reading about the designers. Then I realized that this is fashion in its purest sense of an art form, a blend of someone’s vision, worldview, ideas and impeccable craftsmanship. In the end, it’s something I also look for in perfume.

      I heard of him, but I haven’t seen any of his work at the museums. I googled his recent pieces, and I see the terracotta installation that you must have mean. September 1, 2015 at 3:54pm Reply

        • Austenfan: Yes that’s the one. It’s called “Field for the British Isles” . I was stunned. This is at another museum. I think it was first shown at Tate Manchester.
          There were more of his sculptures on display at the time (I think 2001) and the interesting thing of the other display was that you could walk amongst the statues which was very weird but very interesting. September 1, 2015 at 4:23pm Reply

          • Victoria: It looks incredible even in the photos, so I can only imagine the effect in real life. September 1, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

    • Victoria: And speaking of fashion, there is a wonderful fashion museum in Hasselt. It was recommended enthusiastically by my husband’s colleague, who is a math professor type. 🙂 September 1, 2015 at 3:56pm Reply

      • Austenfan: How funny. I wonder if my brother has a secret interest in fashion. (he is actually a chemical engineer but mostly fascinated by computers and maths). September 1, 2015 at 4:24pm Reply

        • Victoria: Well, that person is a chemical engineer too, so you might want to ask your brother a few probing questions. 🙂 September 1, 2015 at 5:02pm Reply

  • Neva: I love Belgium and I’m more of an Antwerp fan than of Brussels so I’m happy to learn that Antwerp is the “cradle” of Belgian fashion. My one and only designer piece is from Dries Van Noten – a long transparent silk blouse. I’d love to have some more if I could afford it.
    The exhibition looks like a lot of fun but I won’t make it to Brussels till Sept. 13th unfortunately and I appreciate your pictures to get a glimpse of the atmosphere. The mannequins’ faces are fascinating – neutral but alien like. September 1, 2015 at 2:26pm Reply

    • Victoria: Dries Van Noten’s way with textures is so impressive. Also, I never thought I liked busy prints until I saw some of his designs.

      Brussels also has its fashion school, but yes, Antwerp has produced an impressive number of designers. I’m a big fan too, and since it’s close enough, we visit every month or so. There are many great restaurants, museums and just places for having a drink and people watching. September 1, 2015 at 4:00pm Reply

  • angeldiva: Hi Victoria,
    I just rented the documentary, “Iris,” about Iris Apfel. I learned of her here on BdJ, because Karen is a big fan. Dries van Noten figured largely in the film, making wonderful comments about Iris, and their friendship.
    I’m proud to say that almost all six designers are recognized names in the fashion scene of Los Angeles. Do any of them have perfumes, too?
    I got a wonderful thank-you letter from Claire, who has received her Ma Griffe (plus other scents) give- away package. I’m so deeply gratified that she is enjoying it.
    Also, apropos of nothing other than Belgian history:
    I have recently discovered a wonderful Patron Saint. She is St. Dymphna, lived in the 670’s A.D., and was considered a martyr at age 15.
    Her story is amazing, and learning of her has changed my life!
    Angeldiva September 1, 2015 at 10:32pm Reply

    • Victoria: Iris Apfel, fashion’s Grand Dame with her distinctive glasses. I need to watch that documentary too.

      Yes, these Antwerp Six are quite well-known. Today, many Belgian designers head French couture houses. Raf Simons is at Dior, for instance, with his Belgian colleague Kris Van Assche at Dior Homme.

      I’ve never heard of St. Dymphna, so I should look up her story. September 2, 2015 at 3:43am Reply

    • Karen: I haven’t seen the movie, but will put it on my to-do list! What’s fascinating is her background with textiles (she and her husband had a textile company and they recreated many historic patterns) so her style is coming from a place of knowledge.

      It’s not as if we all have to follow her particular style, but simply expressing an aspect of who you are through your clothing/jewelry/perfume choices makes life a little bit more enjoyable. September 2, 2015 at 7:44am Reply

      • angeldiva: Karen,
        Thanks for your writings about Iris! It was the archival film footage of the old world weavers business that really thrilled me.
        Amazing dedication to textile duplication, and preservation. September 2, 2015 at 7:53pm Reply

        • Karen: Very cool! She’s gotten so much well-deserved press lately. One of the things that I appreciate is older women playing with clothing, jewelry, looks – continuing (or perhaps even starting) to express themselves and their creativity, not buying in to the whole fading away mind set. September 3, 2015 at 5:17am Reply

  • Karen: Fashion fascinates me – how we choose to present ourselves to the world – even if your world is simply yourself, or your family or friends. I just read a wonderful quote in an ad, “Know first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.” Epictetus (quite a few years ago!)

    What is offered at stores and even fabric stores, is influenced by designers whose runway presentations may seem silly, exaggerated or unwearable.

    Great write-up and wish I could see the show! September 2, 2015 at 7:36am Reply

    • Victoria: Lately I’ve been wearing a variation on the same thing. Partly it’s because when I work at the lab, I wear a lab coat, and at home, it’s something comfy. I know friends who work from home while wearing cocktail dresses or kimonos, but really, I can’t see myself doing that. When I write, I can’t stand distractions. The most I’d do is put on a bright lipstick, and that makes me feel dressed up.

      And since Brussels is so laidback, even if I go shopping in a yoga outfit or jeans and a t-shirt, nobody would bat an eye. I like this way, but it also makes me lazy. Most of my adornments are scented. September 2, 2015 at 2:27pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Karen,
      I’m always the most (overly!) festively dressed woman in the room. I’ve come to accept this about myself, and just do my thing!
      I believe that a person can raise the seratonin level in their brain chemistry by dressing the way that makes them feel good, and using color therapy with fashions. September 2, 2015 at 7:57pm Reply

      • Karen: Well yes to raising our serotonin levels! And yes to dressing colorfully or whatever way brings joy to you!

        There are so many different phases in our lives, and I’ve come to think that one thing to avoid is getting stuck in that phase when you’ve moved on. Or thinking of I could never wear ______ (fill in the blank) because I’m too ______ (poor/tall/short/fat/skinny, etc.)

        But there are so many ways to adorn ourselves – through fragrance, jewelry, make up – even if it’s simply for ourselves, wearing a beautiful brooch/pin on the inside next to your skin not on the outside – a flower tucked in to your hair. It can be a quiet expression that gives you joy or peacefulness, too. September 3, 2015 at 5:30am Reply

        • Victoria: Or as Austenfan commented in my “Lips like Roses” thread, you can satisfy the color cravings with gardening or just enjoying flowers. When lindens are blooming around here, I don’t even feel tempted to wear perfume. September 3, 2015 at 8:02am Reply

        • angeldiva: Hi Karen! Beautifully said! I could never wear BRIGHT RED because I’m too FAIR SKINNED. But last year I bought a dress with some red in it. My hair stylist of 30+ years, Clair , and I went to see The English Beat in Canyon Country, California.
          OMG, there were just men (and women) coming on to me from every direction. This area of California must be were all those porn folks from the San Fernando Valley go to retire. lol
          At least that’s what one young guy told me… September 5, 2015 at 7:46pm Reply

          • Victoria: I think bright red can look fantastic against any skintone, it’s just the matter of finding the right shade for your complexion. I bet you look stunning in your dress. September 7, 2015 at 8:22am Reply

            • angeldiva: 🙂 September 8, 2015 at 12:35pm Reply

What do you think?

From the Archives

Latest Comments

Latest Tweets

Design by cre8d
© Copyright 2005-2021 Bois de Jasmin. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy