Raf Simons

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Image of book Raf Simons by Annick VolckWe added a new book to our wishlist for the Fashion Library in our Panorama Lounge: “Raf Simons“, which will be published on the 15th of July. Belgian Designer Raf Simons is one of the most exciting designers working in fashion today. His passion for music, art, and contemporary culture infiltrates everything he does. A former industrial designer, Simons first burst on to the scene in 1995 with the launch of his menswear label. His trademark slim tailoring and penchant for street-casting his models went on to shape an entire generation and cemented his position as one of the most revolutionary contemporary menswear designers. Simons was appointed creative director of Jil Sander in 2005; during his six-year tenure he repositioned the brand at the height of the luxury market, not only satisfying the German label’s loyal fanbase, but also recruiting a legion of new fans. Simons’ appointment as artistic director of Dior in 2012 caused frissons of excitement in the fashion industry and marked the beginning of a momentous new chapter for the Belgian designer. This stunning photographic book celebrates Raf Simons’ own menswear label, his work for Jil Sander, and his new appointment of Dior. Simons’ first two highly anticipated collections for the Parisian house, together with an exclusive interview, are all included.


Brussels Best Hotel Newcomer 2012: The Hotel. Brussels

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Every year Visit Brussels, the agency for tourism in the Brussels-Capital Region, organizes the VISITBRUSSELS AWARDS ceremony: a top event for the whole Brussels tourism sector. On 20th June 2013 Visit Brussels once again recognized and rewarded the very best tourism initiatives. The goal remains unchanged every year: each winning activity must significantly improve the quality of welcome given to visitors of our city and thereby contribute to the international reputation of our destination “Brussels“.

The Hotel. Brussels

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The Team of The Hotel. Brussels is very proud that our nomination resulted in winning the award “Best Hotel Newcomer 2012“. As of September 2013 The Hotel refurbishment will be completed. The Hotel will have a total of 421 rooms, 10 meeting rooms, and 2 completely renewed ballrooms, as well as a foyer on the first floor. The Restaurant with open kitchen, as well as the bar and lounge will be located on the ground floor with a magnificent view of the Egmont Park and will also be opened at the start of September. Culinary Director Pierre Balthazar has developed a unique, culinary concept for the restaurant, of which more will be revealed next month!