The Belgians: A Story Of Fashion

You’re already familiar with some of Belgium’s fashion ambassadors, but you always wanted to know more? Seize this unique opportunity and discover ‘The Belgians’, an inspiring exhibition about the DNA of Belgian fashion history.

The Belgians: A Fashion Story

Set the tone for an exceptional day by waking up in one of the Deluxe Panorama rooms. Don’t let go of the view and relax in the Panorama Lounge, also known as the cosiest place to browse our collection of fashion books. Your stay includes an entry pass to ‘The Belgians’ exhibition, which you will find at only 10 minutes walking distance through the Sablon neighbourhood. End your day in style at the Panorama Lounge with a glass of champagne and the collector book ‘The Belgians. An Unexpected Fashion Story’.

More information

Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein, 1000 Brussels
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 > 18:00
Thursday 10:00 > 21:00

 


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MAD Fashion Sales | 08-09/05

MAD Fashion Sales at the Former Dexia Art Center

Mad Fashion Sales 2015

With

Abbie & Rose, Carine Gilson, Caroline Foulon, Conni Kaminski, David Szeto, Els Mommaerts, Filles à Papa, Françoise Pendville, haus Coudeyre, Himspire, Isa Tio in the mood for recycling, Jessie Lecomte, Just in Case, madameLOL, Marion Jouffre, Max & Lola, Michael Guérisse O’Leary, Natacha Cadonici, Nicolas Woit, OMSK, Orane & Enora, Parotte.B, Rue Blanche, Sabeth, Super Mix Veritable, Valérie Berckmans, World of Wonder, Y-dress?

Young Designers Platform

Akin To_______
A.Knackfuss
Bregje Cox
Doriane Van Overeem
Emmanuelle Lebas
Gioia Seghers
KRJST
La Petite Gervaise
Pierre-Antoine Vettorello
Superpieceofchic

Time

08.05.2015 : 11h – 21h
09.05.2015 : 11h – 18h

Location

@FORMER DEXIA ART CENTER
Schildknaapstraat 50 Rue de l’Ecuyer
1000 Brussels

Entrance

Free Entrance, BC & Visa

Contact MAD Brussels

MAD BRUSSELS – MODE AND DESIGN CENTER
Centre Dansaert
7-11 rue d’Alost
1000 Bruxelles

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Rue Dansaertstraat 64, 1000 Brussels

+ Le Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles
Rue Léon Lepagestraat 10, 1000 Brussels

T. +32 (0)2 880 85 62
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Armani Showcase

Armani, one of the world’s leading fashion houses, showcases the new fall / winter collection at The Hotel. Brussels & The Restaurant by Pierre Balthazar.

Showcase at The Hotel & The Restaurant

 

Fall / Winter 2015

The new Giorgio Armani advertising campaign for fall featuring Marikka Juhler and George Alsford photographed by Sølve Sundsbø.

 

Giorgio Armani S.p.A. is one of theworld’s leading fashion houses. Few designers are credited with changing fashion to the same extent as its namesake, Giorgio Armani, who is the firm’s sole shareholder, managing director, and chairman of the board. The group is unique in remaining aloof from waves of consolidation in the luxury goods industry. 

Logo Giorgio Armani

Delvaux Showcase

Delvaux, the oldest fine leather luxury house, showcases Le Brillant at The Hotel & The Restaurant by Pierre Balthazar.

Delvaux is “a divinely singular label”
Such is the high praise one grande dame of fashion bestowed on the prestigious family-owned company established in 1829 by Charles Delvaux in Brussels. Internationally recognised, the House of Delvaux has earned its reputation by remaining true to its values and for its savoir-faire and uncompromising craftsmanship, as well as for the supreme quality of its creations.

Delvaux - Showcase

 

Born in 1958 in Brussels, Le Brillant is Delvaux’s most celebrated and cherished bag, a true icon for modern times
A masterpiece of desire, technical engineering and precision, Le Brillant is made out of 64 different pieces of leather and gold-plated brass hardware. The striking buckle is a true eye-catcher. It never takes itself too seriously and loves to change every season. Its radical proportions make it a contemporary classic.

Delvaux - Showcase

‘The Moods of Brillant’
At the 1958 Brussels World Fair, Delvaux created a stir with the launch of a new handbag: Le Brillant. Created by designer Paule Goethals, this design quickly developed into one of the showpieces of the various Delvaux collections. Over the years it has been produced in a range of materials (calf, ostrich, porosus crocodile, alligator etc.) and in different structures, formats and colours.

Delvaux - Showcase

Giveaway – BVLGARI Fashion Book

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Entertaining and didactic at the same time, this book is the essential complement to any jewelry lover’s collection.

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A kaleidoscopic, colorful, and dazzlingly illustrated history of Bulgari jewelry, this engaging book showcases more than three hundred objects from the late-nineteenth century to the present day.

The color illustrations are of such high fidelity that one can almost caress the pieces that for more than one hundred years have emerged from the firm’s design workshops.

The catalogue highlights Bulgari’s signature use of gold coins and serpent motifs. And an entire section is devoted to Bulgari and the film industry of the fifties and sixties. Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren are among the house’s star-studded list of fans.

Living the High Life at The Hotel

 

“Well that was the best Check-In I’ve every experienced,” my husband stated as the elevator whisked us up to the twentieth floor of The Hotel and that was only the beginning.

We were fortunate enough to win a stay at The Hotel through my participation in a weekly #SeeTheWorld twitter chat and while we had already visited Brussels last year, I certainly am not one to turn down a stay in a luxury hotel.  Upon arrival, being told we were staying in the Panorama Suite was the icing on the cake.  From the moment we stepped foot in that suite, I knew we were in for something special.

I’ve been known to indulge in nice hotels from time to time but that didn’t stop my jaw from hitting the floor while wandering from window to bathroom to window to bar to window to couch letting all of the details seep in.  As a whole, the room was stunning but it was clear that there was attention to detail.  The ginormous shower invited us to spend a little extra time under the rainfall shower head; the numerous fashion books around the room had us ogling over luxury goods; the well-stocked bar made us wish we had friends in the area to entertain and the handheld telescope encouraged us to take a closer look the city from high above.

The 180 degree views are certainly a highlight and they kept drawing both my husband and I to the corner couch, pointing out different landmarks we had seen up close and drawing our attention to others we hoped to find later on in our exploration.  While we had a city to discover, I couldn’t help but linger a little longer, make one more Nespresso or pour one more complimentary beer and gaze out over the land.

After a busy day pounding the Brussels’ pavement, we’d retreat to The Hotel, pour a nightcap and talk about our day eventually crawling between those luxurious, white sheets and nestling amongst the pillows drifting into a well-deserved and peaceful slumber.  The best part – waking up, leaning over to the electronic keypad above the bedside table and raising the blinds just enough to catch a glimpse of the gold dome perched atop of the law courts of Brussels.  If that isn’t bliss, I’m not sure what is.

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Jay is a Canadian expatriate who after spending two years in Gabon on the West coast of Africa, now calls Norway home.  When she’s not traveling, she’s writing for her expat-travel blog, From There To Here.

A touch of Snow White Glamour at The Hotel. Brussels

Sparkling Hanne, from the blog Snow White Glamour, recently organized a competition with beauty brand Kiehl’s. Both she and the winner of the contest spend a night in style at The Hotel. We asked Hanne for her feedback, and are delighted to share her guest blog post with you.

Deluxe Panorama Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It came as a lovely surprise, when I heard that not only the winner of my “The Hotel Brussels & Kiehl’s Contest” was invited for a stay at The Hotel, but that I could also enjoy a night in a beautiful Deluxe Panorama Corner room.

I must say that I already visited quite some hotels, in Belgium and abroad. My most expensive stay was without a doubt the one in Plaza Athénée in Paris, and the most memorable one in Belgium, until now, was at Hotel Julien in Antwerp. However The Hotel Brussels really impressed me with the level of service they offer, and their eye for detail.
I’m incredibly proud that we have a hotel of that high :) quality in Belgium. I never felt more at home in Brussels. The Hotel is the highest building in the area, and in almost every space they made very good use of their magnificent view. I think I probably said WOW more than 10 times, talking to myself :-).
When I’m impressed I take a lot of pictures, so maybe grab yourself a hot drink…;)

Deluxe Panorama Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as I entered The Hotel I felt at home. The staff is incredibly friendly, and everything is so nicely decorated. They also thought about something for which I’m very sensitive: everywhere it smelled delicious! In every corridor and elevator I enjoyed their lovely home fragrance. My daddy says that I have a smell phobia, so a pleasant smell in a hotel is very important to me. :) Speaking of elevators, boy they go fast! I was on the 22nd floor before I knew it.

And then I entered my room… It is amazing how much thinking they put in the design of their rooms. They really made clever use of space. Near the windows offering a breathtaking view you will find a comfortable sofa and a desk. The flexible black table in front of the sofa is brilliant: you can use it to put your drink on while sitting on the sofa, to have dinner, as a desk, and last but not least you can also place it above your bed:) I need to have one!

Window Sofa at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Bathroom at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bathroom isn’t that big but again, really thought through! When you are standing at the sink you can look at your room, AND you get to see the unique view. You can also move the mirror so that you can even enjoy the view while standing under the rainshower.

CO Bigelow bath amenities at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The amenities at The Hotel are from C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries. They smell lovely, but unfortunately they are not easy to get in Belgium. So this beautyblogger was very excited with such exclusive beauties. ;)

rainshower at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome rainshower & massage button: check!

flexible mirror in open bathroom at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of mirror moves, and tryouts to get the picture that I wanted ;)

Pierre Marcolini chocolate at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious attention: entering your room and enjoying Pierre Marcolini chocolates, also from Brussels ;)

Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you book a room of a higher category than the standard room you will automatically have access to the Panorama Lounge. This beautiful lounge on the 24st floor also comes with a breathtaking view.

Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great place to stay, and drinks and snacks are comlimentary in this lounge. Whenever you want your keycard gives you access to for example a fresh gin-tonic and a nice snack. Of course I went for the GT ;)

snacks in the Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All day you will find delicious snacks, and they are regularly refilled. Another sign which shows the excellent service they offer: the manager had to leave the lounge for a moment, and he immediately left a message accompanied by a phone and his number, just in case we needed him. Wow!

Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Library in the Panorama Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hotel Brussels is located on the Boulevard de Waterloo, only a few steps from Avenue Louise. Meaning a lot of fashionable neighbours. I think it is really awesome that they made the connection with fashion in their hotel. In your room you will find beautiful
fashion coffeetable books, and the Panorama Lounge is also filled with real gems. In The Bar there was btw an exhibition with Louis Vuitton treasures. This hotel is perfect for a couple, or for a mother & daughter that want to plan a fashiontrip to Brussels.

candy at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s really all in the little details: in the lobby you can take delicious flavoured water & candies and little bags so you can fill yourself a bag to take some candy with you to your room :). How great is that!

view from The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed every hour in my luxurious room with a view. Every change in light, and every moment in time gave the view another dimension and feeling. Wonderful!

Who gives you fantastic skyline views? The Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They weren’t kidding ;)

complimentary minibar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great thing: the minibar in your room is complimentary! Mine was filled with different kinds of water, white & red whine, fancy lemonade, beer & soft drinks & this bottle of Piper. Though I think that the champagne was a little extra offered by the very friendly manager ;) I enjoyed it!

Room Service at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you enter a room like this, you don’t want to leave it. My initial plan was to try out The Restaurant, but having dinner on your own is not all that so I wanted to stay in my room :D and ordered Room Service!

Tasty Hamburger at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ordered a cheese burger. It arrived with french fries, and plenty of mayonaise, luckily :D This was probably one of the most expensive hamburgers I ever ordered, but boy it was good!

lemonade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had the feeling that they know me very well in The Hotel…When I opened the minibar I immediately noticed the fancy schmancy lemonade, one of my soft spots! ;)

Dammam Tea at The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a box containing delicious tea flavours, and a water boiler by Bodum. The glasses were also very classy. My little cup of tea was really tasty!

Nespresso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I already say that they know me very well? A Nespresso machine in the room, and some capsules to go with it. Bliss ;)

Deluxe Panorama Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could have stayed there all day in my corner…

The Urban Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the minibar perks, and the Panorama Lounge I discovered The Urban Spa! A spa with a sauna and a steam room on the 23rd floor, I just had to see that :) To access it you just open it with the keycard of your room et voilà;) A seperate dressing room for ladies & gentlemen including a shower, a toilet, fresh towels and lockers to put away your stuff. Afterwards prepare yourself for an extraordinary view from the spa! I recommend to everybody to visit it when it is already dark outside ;)

The Urban Spa by night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without a doubt best sauna-visit ever: check out that view!!!

The Urban Spa - relaxation area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spa was just perfect. A few relax sofas, the walls decorated with fabrics, soft relaxing music in the background and a lovely smell.

The Urban Spa - snacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also present for you: mineral and sparkling water, tissues and green apples. Do you understand that I wanted to stay there forever? ;) Next to the Spa there is also a gym, and it is also possible to request treatments in the Spa.

The Hotel Sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I opened the curtains (via remote control of course) early in the morning, I was spoiled with this stunning view. WOW. After 2 weeks of seeing the North Station, I didn’t like Brussels that much anymore, but after a stay at The Hotel I can see the beauty of our capital city again. ;)

Related to the remote control: what an amount of technology in the rooms! Besides both sides next to the bed there was a panel allowing you to control all lights in the room and the curtains. The TV was a real beauty, and next to the sofa there were different plugs to connect for example your computer to the TV. Very convenient!

Breakfast at The Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m really a breakfast person so I was very curious to what they had to offer :D
Normally it costs 19 euro, but once you book a room category higher than the standard room, breakfast is included. The buffet looked very nice, and again with a touch of design ;) It was filled with goodies: croissants, cornflakes, bread & deli, fruit and yummy sweet stuff. The coffee machines offered different options, and I went for a latte macchiato.

Breakfast at The Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious sweet stuff, my favourite tea from their collection and a trio of juices ;)
I especially liked the raspberry and the mango juice. The cakes & cookies were really a surprise, cause normally they don’t taste that good in a buffet, but at The Hotel they offered top quality.

Breakfast at The Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next to the breakfast buffet it is possible to order eggs. I went for the Eggs Benedict with black truffle. That was 8 euro’s very well spend! I’m secretly still dreaming about the delicious taste :D

View from The Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After some shopping it was unfortunately time for me to say goodbye to The Hotel Brussels, and my wonderful room. It was with a lot of regrets that I closed the door behind me, but I’m sure they will see me again ;)

After my stay I looked up their prices, and I was pleasantly surprised. I would have thought that it wouldn’t be payable, but that’s not the case at all. The Hotel is mainly targeted to
business guests, so Friday night the prices are lower.
For example: for a Deluxe Panorama room (without the additional side window) you would pay around € 170 for a Friday Night in October for 2 persons. Okay, that’s not cheap either, but take into account that your breakfast is included, as well as access to the Panorama Lounge, drinks in your minibar, and The Urban Spa. Ideally to celebrate a special occasion, or a very nice gift. I’m already thinking about reasons to visit The Hotel again :D

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton exhibition at The Hotel Brussels

Louis Vuitton Exhibition “Special Orders – Travel Collection”

The Hotel likes to inspire you: eight showcase cubes surround the seating area of The Bar on the ground floor, and offer a platform to local and international creative talent related to art or fashion.

Our Neighbour Louis Vuitton is the first to showcase with a very exclusive exhibition of small bags for make up, watches and accessories called “Special Orders – Travel collection”.

Louis Vuitton, trunk maker since its beginning, has symbolized the art of travel since 1854, by combining aesthetics and functionality and creating travel objects that epitomize the French art de vivre. Since 1997, with the introduction of Marc Jacobs as artistic director, the Maison has broadened its horizons to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches and jewelry, thanks to a brilliant mix of craftsmanship, intuition and innovation.

The selected objects for the exhbition the Boîte Flacons, the Coffret Trésor and the Coffret Montres are all perfect illustrations of Louis Vuitton’s historical know-how. Since 1978, Louis Vuitton has been a part of LVMH/Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Bernard Arnault’s leading luxury group, and can boast an exclusive network of 466 stores in 66 countries worldwide.

Practical information: http://www.therestaurant.be/the-bar-lounge/

The Bar at The Hotel Brussels

Fashion Blogger It-Girl at The Hotel. Brussels

Guest blog post by Fashion Blogger It-Girl

Who gives you fantastic skyline views? The Hotel.

A getaway in my own capital. Never done that before, but I just had to try the new kid on the block, The Hotel. It’s unique location, in the heart of Brussels, surrounded by the most exclusive shops, is just one of many trump cards of The Hotel. Fashion lovers, there’s really no better place to stay in our capital. The brand new hotel rises high above one of the most luxurious districts of Brussels with Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior just around the corner. Perfect for some serious shopping. The former Hilton hotel has had a total renovation, from past glory Hilton-style to bright, modern, stylish but yet cosy rooms, so you feel at home in a second. Thanks to a private underground car park, I entered The Hotel without parking stress. A mighty advantage to start of my stay at The Hotel.

The dark stylish lobby just breathes tranquility and elegance. The staff is really welcoming and with a glass of champagne I checked into the Deluxe Panorama Corner room. Quite curious I enter the elevator and off I go to the 24th floor. This sky high building reminds me of my trip to New York. But no time for daydreaming, my room’s waiting for me, located on the corner. I open the door and… hello Brussels! What a view. I’m flabbergasted, totally blown away by the 180° skyline city view of the capital. On my right I see Brussels courthouse. On my left I’m looking over Avenue Louise with beauty-heaven Senteur d’Ailleurs, a must-visit in Brussels if you love beauty.

Deluxe Panorama Corner room - view

 

I put on some home wear and immediately start exploring the room. First stop, the bath room. Hé, die hard beautylover over here, so very excited to see which amenities The Hotel has to offer. Shampoo, conditioner, body-wash and body lotion all the way from New York. C.O Bigelow is the name of the brand and The Hotel is apparently the only hotel in Europe working with these amenities. Approved big time! Also loving the huge rain shower with unforgettable view over Brussels.

C.O. Bigelow Amenities at The Hotel

All shades of white make the room look bright and spacious. I love the mix and match of cosy meets modern. Eye catcher in the room, except the view of course, is the wide white leather sofa, just next to the windows, where I quickly install myself with my laptop for some blogging. Honestly? Although I’ve got exclusive access to the Panorama Lounge, I stay in all night and order room service. Everything is provided to stay connected: fast, free, unlimited Wi-Fi, big ass television with on channel number one: Fashion TV. A bloggers dream. I just love this room.

Deluxe Panorama Corner room

Fashion books in The Hotel room

Room with a view at The Hotel Brussels

Half an hour later my pizza gets delivered. The rotating oval table is just perfect, I didn’t even have to clean up my stuff on the other end. Just swing around the table and I can enjoy my pizza with a nice, cold Coca Cola from the complimentary minibar. Outside it is getting darker… Tonight it’s just me, my pizza, some drinks, my laptop and Brussels by night.

Pizza at The Hotel Brussels

It’s already past midnight when I decide to put the blog on hold for a well deserved beauty sleep. I heard many good things about the mattresses of The Hotel. The bed is huge, the Egyptian cotton feels great on the skin and with an electronic device next to the bed I close the curtains and switch of all the lights. Sweet dreams!

Deluxe Panorama Corner Room Kingsize Bed

7 am, good morning Brussels. I had an amazing beauty sleep. Last night, my head hit the pillow and I fell asleep. Not quite my habit in a strange bed. I hit snooze once again and open the curtains with the electronic device. No need to get out of bed just yet, I’m taking another minute to enjoy the view before hopping into the rain shower. I’m soo ready for breakfast!

Breakfast at The Hotel

A few floors higher you can find the breakfast room with tables facing the big windows. Oh, what to choose. Some eggs, some toast. I also fancy some fruit and the chocolate muffins are too tempting… Extra thumbs up for the fresh juice!

Unfortunately it’s time to check out after breakfast. I would like to stay a whole day and explore more of The Hotel. The room and all around views aren’t the only amazing features. Make sure you stop at the Panorama Lounge for a late-night drink, a quick lunch or just take a seat in their Fashion Library. Sky-high glamour? Yes sir! And speaking about glamour, how about an Urban Spa and Fitness overlooking Brussels? A little sweat ain’t never hurt nobody, so hit the gym for a workout and enjoy the sauna and hammam afterwards.

The Urban Spa

Whether you come to Brussels for a business trip or a weekend getaway, The Hotel offers you an amazing journey with breathtaking views, it’s unique location and luxurious rooms. Thank you to The Hotel for having me. It was a wonderful experience, and I’ll be back.

It Girl at The Hotel

It-Girl