For his latest collection Belgian fashion designer Kristof Buntinx gives his designs a new look. And this can be taken literally, as the stylist himself shines on campaign images by photographer Pieter De Smedt-Jans. The result is a brilliant series of photos with the colourful Buntinx at the centre of attention.
By being his own model for his new collection – a summer collection for men, from which women will want to steal a boyfriend T-shirt – Kristof Buntinx creates a realistic image of his designs. “It is much more ‘genuine’ to see clothing on a regular guy. The only option was therefore to push up my own sleeves, as it were.
The designer owes the fact that it has become a particularly vibrant collection in addition to a summer collection to his dislike of black outfits. “Whenever I see everyone dressed in black in the street, I immediately get depressed. I do understand that many want to play it safe, but Belgium would be a much nicer place if more people would put themselves out there and take a risk with their look.” Kristof Buntinx put his money where his mouth is with a collection full of colour and the witty prints and slogans we have come to expect of him.
The cheerful combination of the strawberry T-shirt and green trousers with the Buntinx logo is striking and fresh, in true Buntinx fashion. This ensemble will be made to measure for you.
The Cucumber & Banana T-shirt refers to two eponymous Channel 4 drama series, which explore the English gay-scene from various points of view with typical British humour.
The MTV T-shirt plays with language as only Kristof Buntinx can and explores the boundary between fame and happiness.
This outfit consists of shorts, T-shirt, raincoat and socks and is called ‘The Artist’, not coincidentally also Buntinx' profile name on Grindr. The logo of the famous gay dating app is hence also processed in the clothing. As an extra feature you can have your own profile name printed on the coat.
The Broken Palmtree shirt is a parody on the overload of palm tree prints on show on the high street this past summer. Available in a bespoke, luxury version.
For the Little Shit shirt Buntinx was inspired by his 12-year old, chatroom fanatic niece, whose favourite emoji appears on the front of this T-shirt.
Style is an Old Word, this T-shirt headlines. Doing your own thing is the new stylish.
People change their mind, their vision. “τὰ πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει" (Ta panta rhei kai ouden menei) Plato once wrote. That everything flows and does not remain the same, is therefore the point of departure for the Don’t Believe Everything you Read T-shirt. Whatever people write about you, the truth is not written in stone.
On the YOLO-shirt the You Only Live Once-concept clashes with the Buddhist promise of reincarnation. Since the image of the Dalai Lama combined with the acronym contrasts a reflective and thoughtful existence with today's fast-paced lifestyle.
Eighties kids are familiar with the animation series Jem & the Holograms from their youth, a younger audience will be able to see it soon in a film remake, due to hit screens later this year. Buntinx made this Jem and the holograms Bag in response to the film.
A Roof Over Your Head: With his Tuscan roof tile motif this large, square umbrella will provide you with a (temporary) roof over your head. What is more, a sturdy roof, as it was made in windy and rainy Scotland.
Kristof Buntinx pampers rain-shunning art lovers with The Last Judgement, a dome-shaped umbrella after Vasari’s fresco in the Duomo in Florence. Walking in the rain has never been so much funs under this heavenly canopy.
The box: These box-shaped shoes are not for the shy and retiring but embody Buntinx’ belief in the invention of your own system: hence don’t think out of the box but think the box. These leather shoes were produced by the Dutch shoemaker René van den Berg, who has made shoes for Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Thierry Mugler.
‘Collection Now’, as the designer has called his new series of designs, consists of six unisex T-shirts, three men's ensembles with shirts, trousers, shorts and a coat that can be tailor-made, a pair of shoes, two umbrellas and a bag. Prices vary from 120 euros for a T-shirt to 2,000 euros for a bespoke trouser-shirt combo.
The full SS16 collection is for sale now on Buntinx’ brand-new online store. “By selling online I am able to capitalise on my ideas much faster,” he justifies his unusually early date of sale, “I don't see why buyers should have to wait a full season for my designs.”
Credits: Photography: Pieters De Smedt-Jans. Camera: Liesbeth De Mey. Editing: Steve Wauters/VDJ Castor. Assistant: Alessandra Gregori. Hair: Daniel Weidner. Model: Kristof Buntinx. Designer: Kristof Buntinx.
Fashion is a passion for Belgian fashion designer Kristof Buntinx. ‘Passion’ in all senses of the word: it is his lust and his life, but also his suffering and his cross. Here he has designed a leather rucksack in the shape of a cross, with inside all his attributes and materials for the production of his oeuvre: boxes of head pins, needles, tape measure, pattern paper, drawing moulds, fabric scissors, reels of thread, tailors’ chalks, pencils, etc.
Kristof has to endure envy and jealousy in the fashion and art world and there is the economic crisis faced by all, but he wants to pass on a positive message of hope: after suffering comes resurrection.
The artistic photo was taken by Belgian professional photographer Geert De Wolf, Christ is portrayed by model Steve Ross, originally a top Canadian basketball player and Personal Fitness Trainer in Brussels, and the unique backpack was expertly crafted by Belgo-Italian leather worker Luigi Braile.
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.
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.
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.