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In his own unique way, fashion designer Kristof Buntinx champions elections. He does so without taking sides since he prefers to transcend political differences between the political parties. According to him he goes for the people behind the party. In order to back his statement, he made a number of short films, posters and a radio spot starring his favourite Belgian politicians.

“Art and politics used to be more often intertwined,” is how he explains his political aspirations. “Just think of the patrons of the arts in Renaissance Italy, where the Medici political dynasty guided artists to their greatest masterpieces in Florence.” By supporting politics as an artist, Buntinx reverses the patronage process.
 
The designer intuitively defends his choice. “I got to know the majority of ‘my’ politicians when they were active in youth wings of political parties.” The exception to the rule is Ann Brusseel. “I have never met her personally. Why does she fit into the mould? I feel she is a fascinating woman,” he states.

CD&V party member Marilyn Neven's career is more unblemished than many a social media profile. The politician is second successor for the European Parliament, but her modesty is an obstacle to her place in the spotlight. Now for the first time this new star in the sky will be the centre of attention www.marilynneven.eu.

“Poverty is an injustice,” according to Jo Fobelets, the Groen Leuven social activist. Buntinx made a funny video, not in order to make light of it, but to slightly counter this fact's deadly earnest http://joecology.blogspot.be/.

Hannelore Goeman is second successor at SPa. She likes to philosophise about theological matters, and does so often. “I admire Goeman's open approach to the world,” as Buntinx expresses his support https://www.facebook.com/hannelore.goeman

Open VLD member and Flemish MP, Ann Brusseel is famous for her no-nonsense opinions. The fact that she loves cats is a piece of trivia that Buntinx feels particularly suits her http://www.annbrusseel.be/.

Optimistic Lieven Lemmens is not only the fourth successor for the Flemish parliament, but also the principal of a multicultural primary school in Brussels (Molenbeek). Making the world a better place is at the top of his list of priorities https://www.facebook.com/llemmens.

Véronique Peters allows everyone to seek shelter under her umbrella. With her gentle nature, the second successor for the Brussels Parliament blows a new, much-needed wind into the political scene https://www.facebook.com/veronique.peters.18.

Sophie Brouhon is the fifth successor for the Brussels parliament. She effortlessly takes keeping a household budget to a higher level and as a budget expert hugely contributes to the SPa https://www.facebook.com/so..
In order to give the duo an extra boost, Buntinx also created posters for Marilyn Neven and Sophie Brouhon.

Bianca Debaets, Flemish MP, did not get a video but her own song and radio spot. The young woman is a staunch advocate of increased party and rehearsal rooms for young people and believes solidarity between people is critical. Therefore she feels perfectly at home in a multicultural city such as Brussels as well as within the CD&V http://www.biancadebaets.be/.

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Putin out of the closet

Putin out of the closet (all decked out in Kristof Buntinx)…

This gender-transcending game by fashion designer Kristof Buntinx is intended for both boys and girls aged 7 and up. The online game gives children the opportunity to dress Russian leader Putin in unique outfits with iconic pieces from Kristof Buntinx’ collections.

Putin's wardrobe also includes dresses Kristof designed for Belgian celebrities, and the Russian protest boxer shorts, with which the designer grabbed the attention of the world press, and the kids T-shirt line are also available.

With an eye for playful details, through the photos in the background, the game provides a glimpse of the gay calendar through which Kristof Buntinx, with the help of a number of photogenic, Russian looking gymnasts, showcased his boxer short line.

The designer jokingly admits that since last summer when he created his Russian-inspired boxer shorts, he's been afraid that he would end up with the KGB hot on his heels in a bid to settle the score. “I hope in any case that Putin, and with him lots of other Russians, will see the error of their ways,” concludes Kristof Buntinx.

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Facebook Jewel

This is all about a contemporary item of jewellery...Great stuffl! Here comes the energy-conserving, environmentally aware, smartphone-literate youngster who at one point has bought jewellery in an online shop.
Facebook, a phenomenon over the last ten years, currently with 1.23 billion members, has even had an impact on language usage. I came up with the idea to translate the expression “Like” into a piece of jewellery, a pendant that can be gifted or worn as a sign of love.

Het gaat om een eigentijds juweel: vet spul! Hier komt de energiezuinige, milieubewuste, smartphone-geletterde jongere eraan die al eens online een juweel koopt in een webshop.
Facebook is het fenomeen van de laatste 10 jaren, telt momenteel 1.23 miljard leden en beheerst zelfs het taalgebruik. Nu kwam ik op de idee om de uitdrukking “Like” vorm te geven in een juweel, een hangertje dat als blijk van liefde kan geschonken of gedragen worden.

Facebook est le phénomène de ces dernières années. Il compte actuellement 1.23 milliard de membres et crée même de nouveaux usages de langue. J’ai eu l’idée de donner forme à l’expression «J’aime» dans un bijou, un pendentif à offrir ou à porter comme témoignage d’amour.
Il s’agit d’un bijou contemporain. Destiné aux jeunes soucieux de l’environnement, qui font des économies d’énergie, manient aisément le smartphone et achètent de temps à autre un bijou sur une boutique en ligne.

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Designer to the Stars

It is every designer's dream to be able to dress a pop star and Belgian designer Kristof Buntinx was able to realise that dream. After a media appeal he found children aged 2 to 8 who were called Britney and Shakira, Kylie and Kanye.

Buntinx turned his fascination with superstars into a unique photo shoot with beauty photographer Pieter De smedt-Jans. Inspired by images of the actual stars, each mini-celebrity was given their own CD cover, for that genuine superstar feel.

Children, parents, and the designer himself had a fun shoot.

In the meantime Buntinx hopes to inspire Britney Spears to place an order!

The Kids T-shirt collection is available on his website at www.kristofbuntinx.spreadshirt.be


Shakira Aerts is a 3-year old toddler. She likes crafting and swimming and is crazy about music and dancing. She adored the fan that blew wind into her hair.

Britney Kennis is 9 years old and is 1.26 m tall. She loves to dance and is very creative and socially-minded.

Kanye De Sutter, 5 years old and 1.05 m tall, likes to play football and tennis with his brother. He also helps Mum and Dad in the bakery.

Jennifer ‘Lopez’ Opstoel is 5 years old and, just like her Mum, she just loves trying on clothes. She is proud of her beautiful long tresses, which have never been touched by her hairdresser's scissors.

Britney Pirens is an 8-year old who loves fashion and drawing and would like to become a fashion designer when she grows up, just like Kristof.

Kylie Wyns is 6 years old, attends the first year of primary school and is an excellent reader. She is into sports, goes to weekly ballet classes, plays badminton and is passionate about Barbie dolls.

Maria-Laura Van den Berghe, 5 years old, is named after the Belgian Princess. Hence this royal celebrity's ‘official portrait'.

Justin Quyo is 2 years old and measures 90 cm. He is named after Justin Timberlake and already has all of his namesake's acting skills.

Bono Roosen is 8 years old and takes part in BMX races for the Keerbergen Dennen team. He also loves football and gaming.

Axelle Mievis shares her first name with the Belgian singer Axelle Red, she is 4 years old and likes dressing up, drawing and telling stories.

Beauty photographer: www.desmedtjans.com
Location: www.makeupforever.be
Make-up: www.makeupbylili.com
Hair: Manu Martens

Dana Winner

Kristof is an atypical fashion designer, declared the most eccentric designer on the Brussels fashion scene by fashion bloggers. He created a collection of boxer shorts against the anti-gay laws of Russian President Putin and a range of paper Crisis jewellery for the festive season. His work is studied at Harvard and at UGent. This Christmas he designed Dana Winner's Golden Dress, the Christmas star, for her concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Photos were taken by Dutch fashion photographer Herman van Gestel.


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Crisis Jewellery

With this 2D jewellery Belgian fashion designer Kristof Buntinx shows what true luxury means to him. The designs are ideal for the end-of-year period and other festive occasions. They are made from high-quality paper with a luxurious ribbon to wear around the neck.

With a pricey hat collection for Royal Ascot and custom-made dresses the designer had played the luxury card in the past. This time, however, Kristof Buntinx offers more affordable glamour. Buntinx is no stranger to puns and rebellious tricks, which is also obvious in his new jewellery range, where the focus is on symbolic luxury.

Thanks to their baroque diamond prints and royal colours the paper jewellery is truly eye catching, coming into its own in a festive context. Making a statement with an over-the-top accessory does not have to be expensive. Or gift luxury with a warm message!

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