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Cologne, Germany: The Belgian Quarter, Belgisches Viertel

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I’ve never thought of Cologne 

as a trendy destination to spend a weekend if Thalys was not invited me to the event Le Bloc in the Belgian Quarter, the hipster Babel with the streets names: Brüsseler Str., Antwerpener Str. and Genter Str.!

I arrive in Cologne with an incredible blue sky, blazing sun and 30°! The station is opposite the famous Cathedral (massive). And the Belgian Quarter is 10 minutes by taxi, about 20 minute walk or 2 metro stations.

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Here Pharrell could have filmed a sequence shot of Happy! 

It feels good instantly, arty atmosphere (without attitude) and smiling people. I walk from one designer shop to another, when I find a pastry with amazing couture cakes (picture 7, N°2).

I also notice shops with well known brands such as Marimekko (picture above), flea markets and welcoming shaded terraces (I do like!). And quite unusual for me, people walk with their beer in hand day and night.  

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Le block has highlighted designers for seven years.

This event focuses on  fashion, design and music in Cologne. This year among the special guests: Conni Kaminski from Brussels and Toos Franken from Antwerp.

After the fashion shows, invited by the Flandern, we head towards Franz, a very nice small restaurant (picture below, Nos. 1 & 2), featuring an assortment of flammekueches with extra fine paste and varied flavors (salmon, goat-zucchini …). Plus an exclusive live of the beautiful Mariama, a German folk singer living in Paris who plays for us only! Then Conni joined us.

Around midnight, the streets are crowded (pictured below, No. 3, a wood bar). Happy vibe, people talk and drink next to the bar. We choose an outdoor bar at random. After several cocktails, a diet coke for me and more giggles, I collapsed on my bed at 3am! 

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés


Thalys / Cologne Tourism / Flandern 

My tip : Book your hotel in the Belgian Quarter if you like to go out at night. There are many nice bars and small restaurants. Walking distances: you can do everything on foot in the neighborhood.

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I was a guest of Thalys and these are my opinions of course! 

Tokyo Urban Culture: Illustrations, Street Style and Rockers


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Tokyo Illustrations of Christophe Prebois

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Coffee shop, short break after a traditional fabrics hunting with Christophe Prebois, the fashion designer of Brutals (stylish shirts for men).

A notebook on table : sketches and draws of Christophe’s travel in Japan. Some sketches look like photos. Others remind me the rythm of fabrics prints. I look at them, take pictures. Such beautiful illustrations!

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Street Style

“Let’s walk in the woods, while the little blue hood … there! ” A week of real street looks: snapshots on the board below.

Between kawaii kawaiiiiiiii pink and holder Stockings in Harajuku, multicolored polka dots and green boots in Omotesando and eighties revival with slippers in Yoyogi Park. Coach, I sign for another week!

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The Rockers of Yoyogi Park Vs The Shibuya Girls Fashion Shows

Right, I’ve often met the most xtreme rockers! Here are the dancers rockers of Yoyogi Park. Impressive mix of unique hairstyle with acrobatic jumps. They are the real “characters” of Yoyogi Park.

It was reckoning without the intrusion of Kawaii Land: why do these fashion teens rush with such frenzy? Fashion shows open to public.

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If you want to check out the Shibuya girl style (the fashion tribe not the brand): visit the famous department store 109… in Shibuya of course!

Me, I can’t stand the bad techno musics loudly played in the differents shops there. Plus the chorus of non stop « sumimasen » shouted by salespersons. And I don’t like the outfits too, pretty boring. Harajuku is much more fun! 


Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés.

For more about fashion tribes : Tokyo Fashion 

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Customisez Moi, The Finale (Part 2)

Last and final: the fifth edition of  Customisez Moi

Some of the finalists won many awards. Like the young designer Reda Faklani (one of his design on the picture below) who received the Prize of Customisez Moi’s Winner worth Euros 750 and one of the “4 RA’s favourites”, the avant-gardist concept store from Antwerp that will sell his designs.

The charming young designer, Céline Lellouche (pictures 1 & 2) received the Coca Cola Prize worth Euros 1500 and the Centre Mode Design Brussels Prize, to realize a look book. 

The other winners are: Muriel Delvigne (Coca Cola Prize and one of the “4 RA’s favourites”), Arnaud-Yves Dardis (Coca Cola Prize / picture 4), Pieter Wyseur and Pierre Dussart (both selected in the “4 RA’s favourites”). Congratulations to all of you and good luck!

THANKS Bernard Gavilan (left picture), we look forward to the next season! Show must go on…