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Beware the Belgians !

By Veerle Windels
Beware the Belgians !
Matthieu Blazy became Bottega Veneta’s new creative director last month, replacing English-born designer Daniel Lee. Blazy, 37, belongs to a rising generation of designers who are either Belgian, Franco-Belgian or have trained at the country’s prestigious fashion schools, La Cambre in Brussels and Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Entre nous, Daniel Lee pulled off a hugely successful revamp of the Italian fashion and leather goods brand over the past three years, but internal conflicts cost him his job. He was ousted by parent Kering. Famous graduates from La Cambre, named after the former monastery it is housed in, include Blazy, a Franco-Belgian, and Belgian Anthony Vaccarello, still thriving at Saint Laurent. Among the famous alumni from the Antwerp school are Martin Margiela, Demna Gvasalia (ex-VETEMENTS now at Balenciaga) and Kris Van Assche, who previously worked wonders at Dior and left Berluti earlier this year after a three-year stint.

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