Dear Diane, Dear Shaded Viewers,

With a bit of a delay, here is some news about Fashion+Art. Antwerp [moment] in St Petersburg, Russia that happened last November 05, 2008.

It took a lot of energy and much stress to get the collections cleared and out of  Russian customs on time; the shipments were received just 5 hours before the shows. Many thanks  to Johane Roccas, the General Consul of Belgium in SPB and all the connections sur place.

Five Belgian designers took part in the project with their S/S 2009 collections: Veronique Branquinho, Tim Van Steenbergen, Christian Wijnants, Ellen Verbeek and Nico Taeymans.

In between the shows, we had an interesting contemporary Russian ballet-dance act; the exhibition of photographs by Yury Smekalov, which was devoted to the ballet, were presented at the event;

Fashion+Art. Antwerp [moment] was organized on the initiative of Mrs. Cathy Berx, Governor of the Province of Antwerp and Mrs. Edith Vervliet, General Manager of the Flanders Fashion Institute (

Welcome to the great St Petersburg!

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Finally a few hours before the shows, we move on; s

tolen moments of the backstage…

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Christian Wijnants, Ellen Verbeek at work; dancers… 



Preparations… Tim Van Steenbergen's models;

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Tim Van Steenbergen SS 2009 collection is inspired by the 'Empire' portraiture.

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Inspired by African tribes, Christian Wijnants showed a very feminine SS collection 2009 rooted in nature.


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Ellen Verbeek and her SS 2009 shoe collection.

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Nico Taeymans jewelry…  


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Veronique Branquinho SS2009 adorned her looks with landscape prints.

DPP_6457 Ann Claes (from V. Branquinho) and her estranged guest (from Day&Night shop in St Petersburg) relieved after the show.





Later that night, we, the designers and part of the Belgian and Russian delegations, all moved to an asian lounge/restaurant  called Shatush for a late dinner; I must say it was at the level of the glorious and excentric St Petersburg… The ambient was finally relaxed after a hectic day in Russia… vodka helped of course.

See you soon.