SPRING – SUMMER collection 2018
The Antwerp-based designer has always felt attracted to tropical prints and this season she has chosen to combine them with a fantastic array of striped patterns. Pairing them with a bold mix of colours, she has succeeded in creating interesting linear patterns that bring her beautiful designs to life. Designed and mostly made in Belgium.
Stripe and stripes
This collection truly reveals its stripes with stripes in every conceivable width and in fascinating colour combinations, such as cobalt with burgundy, or flamingo pink with turquoise. Nathalie Vleeschouwer uses them to maximum effect and in a variety of directions, creating fascinating linear patterns. In some cases, she has even striped fabrics as an underlay for other prints, creating a 2-in-1 effect.
Magnificent tropical flowers and botanical prints positively exude femininity, transporting us to far-off summery destinations. Which is why, for the first time ever, Nathalie Vleeschouwer and her team left the design studio in Antwerp to shoot the look book and catalogue. The steps in the shoot’s southern surroundings are reminiscent of M.C. Escher, and the images share his predilection for unusual perspectives and intriguing graphic lines.
Woman of the world
The Antwerp-based designer’s collections are fast becoming more popular. From Singapore to New York, her style appeals to an international audience. Nathalie Vleeschouwer has therefore deliberately chosen to use an even broader mix of materials, that is adapted to every climate, but always true to her own style. Where possible, she works with natural materials such as linen, cotton and viscose. Here and there, she adds a nostalgic twist, such as a rough woven cotton that is reminiscent of the Italian beach towels of the Sixties. Finely woven fabrics show off her bold digital prints most effectively.
This season’s knitwear is varied and colourful. The mohair, which is knitted in Belgium, is ideal for the early spring months, and its fresh colours will have you dreaming of the summer sun! She has added a new, super-soft, finely knitted viscose in cheerful colours for later in the season. In the linen version, the deep, warm paprika and chilli colours look fantastic when paired with the tropical prints.
About Nathalie Vleeschouwer
Since 2011, the Belgian designer Nathalie Vleeschouwer’s collections have been all about comfortable elegance. They are designed for self-confident women with an eye for wearable, high-quality fashion.
Available in the four Belgian brand stores in Antwerp, Ghent, Knokke and Lier, and in 150 multi-brand boutiques from Amsterdam to Tokyo.