While David went to Poland to partake in the Fashion Week there, DANDY DIARY family member Philip von Mollenkott and myself went to Belgian diamond city Antwerp for a few days.
There, we did not only meet some very interesting international bloggers as part of the (attention! very modern!) #fashionantwerp, but also the almighty, the god of Antwerp – Walter van Beirendonck.
And since we’re nice lads we just briefly asked the full-bearded-bald guy a few general questions:
DANDY DIARY: Walter, dude, as you know we’re from Germany. Just like Karl Lagerfeld. Surely, you know him. But do tell us: do you know any other German fashion designers?
WALTER: To be honest: No. I am here in Antwerp with all my heart.
DANDY DIARY: Hmm, ok. We understand. But maybe you should come to Berlin at some point and have a look around. Then you could also go to Berghain. You would fit in there very well.
WALTER: Oh yes, I should. I love Berlin. In the 1970s I used to go to East Berlin a lot for private visits, and then again in the late 1990s. It’s been a while. Mhh, what is this Berghain?
DANDY DIARY: Well, nothing special, a disco. Back to Antwerp. I heard you were denied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts as a student. Only one year later, when you attempted a second time you were accepted. Weren’t you mad as hell at those bastards for not wanting to take you in?
WALTER: No, no. I just wasn’t prepared well enough.
DANDY DIARY. Alright, well, your delayed studies obviously turned out to not be a huge issue. After all you were a part of the most acclaimed class in the history of fashion, the legendary “Antwerp Six”. Do you guys stay in touch?
WALTER: Of course. We still meet up and there is this wonderful relationship between us. But if you’re getting at us collaborating in the foreseeable future – that is not planned.
DANDY DIARY: Shouldn’t we also build a wonderful relationship with each other? We could for example go out tonight together. Do you have a recommendation for me here in Antwerp?
WALTER: There is loads of Champagne around here, just help yourself. No Problem. But I don’t really feel like going out in Antwerp. Then too many people want to talk to me. That annoys me. I love going out in Paris and Budapest though. Maybe we should try there at some point.
We ended up at this birthday party of a young fashion student that went completely off the rails. Without Walter – but as promised – with a lot of champagne.
See you in Paris, Walt!
Von: Carl Jakob Haupt