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.
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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.
Putin out of the closet (all decked out in Kristof Buntinx)…
This gender-transcending game by fashion designer Kristof Buntinx is intended for both boys and girls aged 7 and up. The online game gives children the opportunity to dress Russian leader Putin in unique outfits with iconic pieces from Kristof Buntinx’ collections.
Putin's wardrobe also includes dresses Kristof designed for Belgian celebrities, and the Russian protest boxer shorts, with which the designer grabbed the attention of the world press, and the kids T-shirt line are also available.
With an eye for playful details, through the photos in the background, the game provides a glimpse of the gay calendar through which Kristof Buntinx, with the help of a number of photogenic, Russian looking gymnasts, showcased his boxer short line.
The designer jokingly admits that since last summer when he created his Russian-inspired boxer shorts, he's been afraid that he would end up with the KGB hot on his heels in a bid to settle the score. “I hope in any case that Putin, and with him lots of other Russians, will see the error of their ways,” concludes Kristof Buntinx.
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This is all about a contemporary item of jewellery...Great stuffl! Here comes the energy-conserving, environmentally aware, smartphone-literate youngster who at one point has bought jewellery in an online shop.
Facebook, a phenomenon over the last ten years, currently with 1.23 billion members, has even had an impact on language usage. I came up with the idea to translate the expression “Like” into a piece of jewellery, a pendant that can be gifted or worn as a sign of love.
Het gaat om een eigentijds juweel: vet spul! Hier komt de energiezuinige, milieubewuste, smartphone-geletterde jongere eraan die al eens online een juweel koopt in een webshop.
Facebook is het fenomeen van de laatste 10 jaren, telt momenteel 1.23 miljard leden en beheerst zelfs het taalgebruik. Nu kwam ik op de idee om de uitdrukking “Like” vorm te geven in een juweel, een hangertje dat als blijk van liefde kan geschonken of gedragen worden.
Facebook est le phénomène de ces dernières années. Il compte actuellement 1.23 milliard de membres et crée même de nouveaux usages de langue. J’ai eu l’idée de donner forme à l’expression «J’aime» dans un bijou, un pendentif à offrir ou à porter comme témoignage d’amour.
Il s’agit d’un bijou contemporain. Destiné aux jeunes soucieux de l’environnement, qui font des économies d’énergie, manient aisément le smartphone et achètent de temps à autre un bijou sur une boutique en ligne.
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It is every designer's dream to be able to dress a pop star and Belgian designer Kristof Buntinx was able to realise that dream. After a media appeal he found children aged 2 to 8 who were called Britney and Shakira, Kylie and Kanye.
Buntinx turned his fascination with superstars into a unique photo shoot with beauty photographer Pieter De smedt-Jans. Inspired by images of the actual stars, each mini-celebrity was given their own CD cover, for that genuine superstar feel.
Children, parents, and the designer himself had a fun shoot.
In the meantime Buntinx hopes to inspire Britney Spears to place an order!
The Kids T-shirt collection is available on his website at www.kristofbuntinx.spreadshirt.be
Shakira Aerts is a 3-year old toddler. She likes crafting and swimming and is crazy about music and dancing. She adored the fan that blew wind into her hair.
Britney Kennis is 9 years old and is 1.26 m tall. She loves to dance and is very creative and socially-minded.
Kanye De Sutter, 5 years old and 1.05 m tall, likes to play football and tennis with his brother. He also helps Mum and Dad in the bakery.
Jennifer ‘Lopez’ Opstoel is 5 years old and, just like her Mum, she just loves trying on clothes. She is proud of her beautiful long tresses, which have never been touched by her hairdresser's scissors.
Britney Pirens is an 8-year old who loves fashion and drawing and would like to become a fashion designer when she grows up, just like Kristof.
Kylie Wyns is 6 years old, attends the first year of primary school and is an excellent reader. She is into sports, goes to weekly ballet classes, plays badminton and is passionate about Barbie dolls.
Maria-Laura Van den Berghe, 5 years old, is named after the Belgian Princess. Hence this royal celebrity's ‘official portrait'.
Justin Quyo is 2 years old and measures 90 cm. He is named after Justin Timberlake and already has all of his namesake's acting skills.
Bono Roosen is 8 years old and takes part in BMX races for the Keerbergen Dennen team. He also loves football and gaming.
Axelle Mievis shares her first name with the Belgian singer Axelle Red, she is 4 years old and likes dressing up, drawing and telling stories.
Beauty photographer: www.desmedtjans.com
Hair: Manu Martens