As well as being proud to be Belgian, Maasmechelen Village and fashion and design institute, MAD Brussels, are proud supporters of emerging talent. With these shared passions, the Village and MAD have entered into a partnership to nurture and support up-and-coming talent in the fashion industry.
As part of the collaboration a unique experience, 100th Territory, launches in the Village on 14 September, showcasing cutting-edge collections of six emerging fashion designers. The collaboration aims to bridge the gap between geographical territories Maasmechelen and Brussels, and the creative territories of fashion and design.
“We want to put emphasis on a territory within a territory where the contrast between the worlds of fashion and design becomes clear, and yet complements each other perfectly. What we’ll showcase won’t be retail, but an experience of the setup itself and to discover what the creative sector in Brussels makes, and what makes Brussels creative.”
Meet the designers
The 100th Territory experience will showcase the work of six carefully chosen brands run by female fashion designers:
Doriane van Overeem
The designs of Doriane Van Overeem’s collections are centred around the multi-faceted nature of women – bold and charismatic, yet not afraid to show their emotions – infused in timeless pieces in fine yet easy-to-wear fabrics.
Gioia Seghers’ collections feature tactile, seductive pieces, designed using her instinctive approach to creating clothing that celebrates the grace of the female body.
Marie Laurence Stévigny
Marie-Laurence Stévigny offers simple, sleek, light and secure accessories – the perfect companions for day-to-day life, commuting and travelling.
Olympic gold-medal-winning athletes Olivia Borlee and Elodie Ouedraogo combine fashion and functionality in the collections of their high-end activewear brand 42|54.
Valentine Witmeur Lab
Offering a range of colourful clothing and accessories crafted from the highest-quality Italian yarns, Valentine Witmeur’s chic yet casual knitwear collections are designed with simplicity and comfort in mind.
Founder of Ireene, Marie Soufflet, combines flat surfaces in her pieces which transform once worn, giving weightless volume to her minimalist cuts.