No funny Christmas card this year but an honest Christmas gesture. I will split up a total of 100 euros over the various trade unions in Belgium. My Yuletide greeting to you is to do the same, no matter how small the amount. United we stand, divided we fall!
Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!
Kristof Buntinx presents his book ‘X Kristof Buntinx’ just in time for the Antwerp book fair. You will, however, not run into him at the fair, since the Brussels designer will self-publish his book through a global player on the book market, i.e., amazon.com. The luxury edition includes an overview of Buntinx’ designs on 126 pages with numerous, full bleed photos. The book is available at an affordable price and in a single size of 21 x 21 cm, which makes it an ideal promotional gift or present for the festive season.
In the elegant setting of the Hotel Le Dixseptième in Brussels, Kristof Buntinx in person introduces his book and tells us about his choice to self-publish in an interview by journalist Ine D’hoe.
‘Self-publishing is one of the advantages of our time. So many people want to say their literary piece and publishing houses can only print so many books each year. That is why it is fantastic that everyone who – consciously or subconsciously – misses out on being published can just go about it themselves. Full artistic responsibility is just one of the major upsides to this self-publication story,’ according to the designer.
Like no other, Buntinx capitalises on the options offered by our online-oriented society. For example, he collaborated closely with professional graphic designers at Drukkerij Gillis to give his book the luxurious look and feel he had in mind.
21cm X 21cm, hardcover, English-French-Dutch-Italian, La Bibliothèque: 29,95€
30cm X 30cm, hardcover as in video, English, Amazon: 137€
Fashion designer Kristof Buntinx, Brussels’ most eccentric stylist, famous for his surrealistic creations, strikes again. After Marlène de Wouters’ evening gowns for the Queen Elisabeth competition and Dana Winner’s Golden Dress, pianist and singer An Pierlé also gave in to the charm of this fashion artist. For the darling of Belgian music connoisseurs he created the worm dress, a pun-centric name, since the Dutch word pier means worm in English.
It involved a short dress with drop waist with the bodice in sheer fabric, with boat neck and open back. He opted for three-quarter puff sleeves with narrow cuff, an above-the-knee flare skirt and glamorous trim with jade green sequins around the collar, waist and back opening.
This exclusive dress is custom-made by Kristof Buntinx’ studio. But you too can be a star and shine in a Buntinx-Pierlé: the dress is available to buy online as part of Kristof’s customisation line (available in 5 sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL) at an affordable price.
The key to Kristof Buntinx’ creations is language as surrealists like to use it, fully capitalising on the ambiguity and stratification inherent to it. Just think of masterpieces by our national treasure René Magritte, who finds a worthy successor in Kristof!
Fashion designer Kristof Buntinx celebrates World Cup with soccer bikini!
At the height of soccer fever fashion designer Kristof Buntinx jumps on the WC bandwagon with a stylish monochrome soccer bikini.
“After having pleased women and gay men with photos of my boxer shorts line, I now cater to straight men with this bikini shoot in pin-up style,” Buntinx clarifies.
Blonde beauty Kim Poelmans applauds the Belgian Devils in front of the camera of fashion and beauty photographer Pieter De Smedt-Jans with our own Belgian flag as a chauvinistic prop.
Get the "World Cup" bikini here!
Watch the fun making-of video here.
Unpredictable fashion designer Kristof Buntinx today puts no fewer than 10 brand-new, thematic collections in the spotlight, where "customisation" is the common denominator.
“Customisation is the future of fashion,” the Brussels designer proceeds. “Everyone with a few good ideas and a drawing program can call themselves designers these days.” But instead of condemning the trend, Buntinx calls the underlying equality an almost communist fact, only contradicted by the uniqueness that always goes with one's own design. “Ironically enough it is a sales website, the result of a capitalist society, which in this case encourages both equality and individualism,” he touches on the contradictions with a wink.
The major advantage of a website with customisation basics is the freedom that goes with it, according to Buntinx. As the principle excludes prefinancing and brick-and-mortar expenses, a saving that is furthermore directly translated into the price of the clothing. In addition, the designer points out the environmentally friendly nature of customisation, since when there is no stock, no one has to contend with surplus.
1. Aldi stands for luxury
“Aldi and Walmart are luxury brands,” according to designer Kristof Buntinx. “In the sense that the founders of both low-budget chains have not become any poorer.” Karl Albrecht, one of the "Aldi brothers" and founder of the German Aldi supermarket chain has been the richest German for years with some 17 billion euros. And Christy Walton's ties to the Walmart chain didn't do her any harm. Since the death of her husband, John, she is worth approximately 40 billion dollars, a figure that makes her the richest woman in the world to date.Buntinx drew inspiration from the chains' store bags for luxuriously executed designs with names like Aldi-glamour girl and Glamorous bag jacket. On these garments the logos of budget stores replace the usual luxury brand monograms. Make a statement!
2. Chucked out
With Belgian Bag Lady Buntinx teaches a lesson in dissatisfaction. The bomber jacket with the imprint of Brussels refuse bags illustrates that people treat each other like dirt. Even if the designer finds it somewhat liberating at times to be a bit of a teenage dirtbag. “Everyone should have the right to shun their responsibilities every once in a while.”
3. Bled dry
I’m a cash machine playfully takes a shot at our society. Anyone who has ever felt financially bled dry can now express their displeasure with this sweater with the Bancontact (Belgian payment card) logo.
4. Building bridges
Kristof Buntinx himself never attended the fashion academy but with his façade-collection everyone literally wears the aura of Belgian fashion temples such as La Cambre and the Antwerp Academy. The collection, which consists of a shift dress, two sweaters and a T-shirt, is not the umpteenth ode to the country's fashion schools but a wake-up call for the fashion world, where still too many doors only open to overblown names.
On the homo scene a chicken is a young, desirable person and that is exactly what the I’m a Chicken sweaters refer to. This whimsical unisex-collection is a tribute to youth and beauty, for all those who are proud to be a chicken.
6. Status symbol
For fashion houses quoted on the stock exchange, everything revolves around the bottom line. That is why the four sweaters from the Status collection display stock market quotation graphics for fashion giants like Inditex and H&M, as a reminder that money and creativity all too often compete with each other.
7. Spoiled brat
Kristof Buntinx used to be called a "spoiled brat", incidents he now recognises as envy. “As a child it was easy for me since I had everything, but from a less privileged position the world looks a lot different.” With messages like "I’m never jealous because I’m beautiful", "I’m never jealous because I'm born rich" or "I’m never jealous because I’m first in my class" the Spoiled Brat-collection reminds us that envy is foreign to those who have it all.
8. To blow up
Every day is more hectic than the previous one and it is no wonder that everyone is about to blow up. The Suicide Bomber Backpack disguises fear and tenseness in humour and takes the edge off every loaded moment. With Doggy Bag, the second bag in the series, Buntinx takes the language literally and combines word and image for a playful result.
9. For sale here
The two caps designed by Buntinx, zoom in on a society where everything is for sale and on the question whether everyone can deal with it. Anti-Psychotic Headware refers to Buntinx’ own imposed use of drugs with images of the drug Solian. You can fill your head, not only with pills but also with (bought) brains, the designer states, with the surrealist Buy your Brains here cap. “Knowledge, status and even degrees are for sale, and therefore why would I not take this literally a by putting brains on a cap?”
10. Best foot forward
Inspired by the World Cup, Buntinx customised a pair of Italian, leather shoes in Brazilian colours. But in order not to forget that during the war that is football, there is strength through unity (Belgium's national motto), the Belgian coat of arms adorns every shoe's tongue.
See the shoes here: https://www.aliveshoes.com/goal
See the full collection here: http://printallover.me/collections/kristofbuntinx
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/
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/.
Listen to the radio tune.