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NEWS: Gay Sauna Shoot

Designer Kristof Buntinx has always had the gift of surrounding himself with the right people and photographer Tysje Severens  is no exception to this rule. Together the Dutch photographer and the Brussels designer put the spotlight on a few showpieces in Buntinx’ latest collections. They did so in a location that, in turn, is getting a lick of paint (and a total revamp) as we speak; gay sauna Oasis in the heart of Brussels. A venue that Buntinx describes both aptly and affectionately as “a gentlemen’s club with a tea towel”.

Whoever – in line with Kristof Buntinx’ boxer shorts collections – expects a photoshoot with oiled-up manly nakedness, will have to overcome their disappointment as this time Kristof takes on the role of the model. “As a fan and a regular at Oasis, it felt right to do it myself,” he states. In addition, this should turn into a portrait series, rather than the umpteenth photoshoot, an artistic approach that will find a perfect partner in crime in the renovated complex, which will reopen its doors on 4 November.

A preview of the revamped restaurant combined with two of Buntinx’ most exclusive designs, a rucksack in the shape of a cross in quality leather and a sisal halo. The designer is no stranger to direct references to religion and both allusions are contrasted with the venue’s erotically loaded details.

Another link to the Catholic faith is the belt with the fig leaf, which Buntinx created recently. “by denying something, in this case man’s nakedness, you sometimes put an extra spotlight on it,” the designer explains. The play between (near) nakedness and shame is given an extra dimension here due to the dialogue with the sauna complex.

The other designs in the photo series, such as the green trousers with overlapping X’s, the “I’m a little chick” jumper and the hand-made AIDS scarf continue this conversation with the location.

This hidden meaning forms an integral part of Buntinx’ work as a designer. With this series, the stylist aims to paint an honest, artistic and somewhat elitist portrait of himself and his body of work, albeit with a typical Flemish twist. “Ready for print in Flemish magazines,” Buntinx winks.

Kristof Buntinx TV

Kristof Buntinx presenteert een gloednieuw YouTube-kanaal dat zijn veelzijdigheid als mens én ontwerper in de kijker zet

Wat doen modeontwerpers tijdens de zomer? Een YouTube-kanaal oprichten natuurlijk!

Of dat is althans wat Brussels designer Kristof Buntinx deed. En hoe!

Zijn YouTube-kanaal – dat gewoon www.youtube.com/kristofbuntinxTV heet – kwam heel organisch tot stand met enkele video’s van zijn reizen naar Griekenland, Italie en Zweden en een paar filmpjes in thuishaven Brussel. “Met mijn video’s wil ik wil mijn kijk op de wereld delen, zonder de egotripperij waarmee sociale media dagelijks wordt overspoeld.” Niet slecht voor iemand die tot enkele maanden geleden nog nooit een selfie maakte.

Andere content presenteren dan de meeste YouTubers is dan ook Buntinx’ doel. “Ik wil graag geloven dat mijn kanaal een meerwaarde biedt in het sociale medialandschap.” Bovendien wil Buntinx een ruimte creëren waar hij zijn veelzijdigheid kan tonen en zich niet hoeft te beperken tot mode alleen, al blijft fashion een onderwerp waar Buntinx zijn tanden in wil zetten.

Dat de designer net nu zijn YouTube-kanaal lanceert, is geen toeval. Op donderdag 25 augustus vinden namelijk de eerste Belgian Tube Days plaats in het Antwerpse Bocadero, een evenement waarop fans hun favoriete YouTube-sterren – de YouTube-creators – kunnen ontmoeten. Kristof Buntinx heeft alvast zijn ticket op zak!

Dine With A Star

Droom je ervan om deel te nemen aan Komen Eten of laat je je – net als Kristof – liever dienen? Dankzij Dine With a Star schuif je meteen met Kristof Buntinx aan tafel in een klasserestaurant. Was jij ook fan van Kristofs televisieoptredens? Bied dan mee op een tafel van vijf personen, nodig je lief, oma, schoonmoeder of boezemvriend uit en waan jullie samen in een scène van Komen Eten. Gezelligheid én hilarische momenten verzekerd!

Naast Kristof staan er ook andere BV’s zoals Lynn Wesenbeek, Wendy Van Wanten, John Bryan, Kim Clijsters, Phaedra Hoste, Francesca Vanthielen en Steven Van Herreweghe op de lijst. Marlène de Wouters zelf kan eveneens je tafelgenoot worden in Dine With a Star.
Dat Marlène Kristof mee op de lijst zette, is geen toeval. De twee werkten in het verleden meermaals samen, in 2012 tijdens het televisieprogramma Marlène@Home op Actua TV en later wanneer Kristof Marlènes jurken voor de Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd ontwierp. Ook Dana Winner – nog een bekende klant van Kristof – heeft trouwens een tafeltje te veil voor Dine With a Star.


Sport

Dine With a Star is een initiatief van Marlène de Wouters en de Koning Boudewijnstichting en steunt MW Fund, een vzw die tot doel heeft de toegang tot sport voor kansarme kinderen in België te vergemakkelijken.
Sport is een belangrijke karaktervormer, legt Marlène uit. Kristof – zelf geen groot sporter, al ontwierp hij wel de World Cup Bikini ter gelegenheid van het wereldkampioenschap voetbal in 2014 – erkent dan weer het sociale aspect van sport. “Het wakkert het groepsgevoel bij kinderen en jongeren aan en helpt hen om hun plaats te vinden in de maatschappij.”


Knoopje los

Meedingen naar een plekje aan Kristofs tafel doe je op www.dinewithastar.be. Omdat je op een tafel voor vijf personen biedt (de ster, jijzelf en drie genodigden), kan je het bedrag ook samen met je drie gasten delen. Bieden kan vanaf deze weekl en met een startbedrag van 450 euro.
Toch een knoopje los na zoveel eten? Kristof Buntinx ontwerpt met plezier een nieuwe outfit voor je!

Dana Winner

Kristof Buntinx incorporates trailblazing LED technology in dream dress.

Belgian fashion designer Kristof Buntinx designed a dream dress for Flemish nightingale Dana Winner to celebrate her new album, Puur.
The dress is made from high-quality silk, lace and tulle and consists of a long, ample princess line skirt in smooth, dark-grey tulle, a silk bustier with transparent details and a see-through top in light-grey lace with boat neck, long sleeves and embroidered pearl appliqués. Hence a dream of a dress! But what makes this design extra special, is the brand-new, pioneering technology processed in the dress.

The dress’s bodice is dotted with 1,900 points of light, each containing three LEDs. By means of an innovative technological process each of these pixels can turn any colour. Since the lights are interconnected, they can be programmed to create moving images, which, just like a computer monitor, are controlled by a small, built-in computer and a specially designed module processes the video images, distributes the signals across the dress and provides all electrical components. A feat never before accomplished in a Belgian-made garment.

Limburg pride

Therefore the designer is proud to be part of this exciting project and to be able to collaborate with Dana Winner. “Dana is one of the best Belgian singers, so I can only applaud this collaboration,” Buntinx beams.

Dress Code – Flemish innovation with an eye to the world

The dress, which was christened Dress Code, is the result of a collaboration between Kristof Buntinx, the Wilrijk-based lighting technology company Lux Lumen and the Research Group Textielkunde from the University of Ghent. The three of them responded to the Call for Innovation with the Creative Industries (CICI) of Flanders DC (Flemish organisation for entrepreneurial creativity) and IWT. The CICI-programme aims to develop inspiring joint ventures, and in the process bridge the gap between creative industries and other sectors.

A design that is literally interwoven with such trailblazing technology is right up Buntinx’ experimental alley. The pioneering designer is not afraid of taking a risk here and there, which he has proven in the past with designs that made daring statements, such as his pro-gay (and anti-Putin’s homophobia) boxer shorts, rainbow shirt and designs with a religious background.

Rome - Make Love, Not War

In 2003 designer Kristof Buntinx travelled to Rome where he drew the nude statues he saw in the Vatican, in the Villa Medici and in the many churches and basilicas the Italian capital boasts. He remembers that he enjoyed drawing them and he also recalls the heat wave that hit the region during his stay, as a result of which he more or less had the city to himself. He loved the contact with the cool marble tiles on which he sketched sitting in the lotus position. He recently rediscovered these drawings and singled out motifs to print on his cotton boxer shorts. For the time being, this new ‘Rome’ collection is only made-to-order.

‘Make love, not war!’: this new collection, which is the result of a collaboration with RJ Bodywear, is centred around love. The title of the collection, refers, inter alia, to the expression ‘Make love, not war!’, which dates back to the 1970s and the Vietnam War era. With this and with his underwear line, Kristof Buntinx focuses on peace and love in these times of war (Syria, Middle East, Iraq, Ukraine, etc.) and terrorism (Paris and Brussels).

In this collection of stretch shorts and tops for men and women Kristof uses six different floral and plant motifs, based on their age-old connotation: white tulips are a universally recognised symbol of forgiveness; ivy is a sign of eternal loyalty; lavender is a symbol of devotion; red carnations refer to the Portuguese Carnation Revolution where the population peacefully took to the streets to celebrate the end of the military dictatorship; red roses are generally considered to be a sign of true love; and lastly the proverbial forget-me-nots.



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Spring-Summer 2016

For his latest collection Belgian fashion designer Kristof Buntinx gives his designs a new look. And this can be taken literally, as the stylist himself shines on campaign images by photographer Pieter De Smedt-Jans. The result is a brilliant series of photos with the colourful Buntinx at the centre of attention.

By being his own model for his new collection – a summer collection for men, from which women will want to steal a boyfriend T-shirt – Kristof Buntinx creates a realistic image of his designs. “It is much more ‘genuine’ to see clothing on a regular guy. The only option was therefore to push up my own sleeves, as it were.

The designer owes the fact that it has become a particularly vibrant collection in addition to a summer collection to his dislike of black outfits. “Whenever I see everyone dressed in black in the street, I immediately get depressed. I do understand that many want to play it safe, but Belgium would be a much nicer place if more people would put themselves out there and take a risk with their look.” Kristof Buntinx put his money where his mouth is with a collection full of colour and the witty prints and slogans we have come to expect of him.

The cheerful combination of the strawberry T-shirt and green trousers with the Buntinx logo is striking and fresh, in true Buntinx fashion. This ensemble will be made to measure for you.

The Cucumber & Banana T-shirt refers to two eponymous Channel 4 drama series, which explore the English gay-scene from various points of view with typical British humour.

The MTV T-shirt plays with language as only Kristof Buntinx can and explores the boundary between fame and happiness.

This outfit consists of shorts, T-shirt, raincoat and socks and is called ‘The Artist’, not coincidentally also Buntinx' profile name on Grindr. The logo of the famous gay dating app is hence also processed in the clothing. As an extra feature you can have your own profile name printed on the coat.

The Broken Palmtree shirt is a parody on the overload of palm tree prints on show on the high street this past summer. Available in a bespoke, luxury version.

For the Little Shit shirt Buntinx was inspired by his 12-year old, chatroom fanatic niece, whose favourite emoji appears on the front of this T-shirt.

Style is an Old Word, this T-shirt headlines. Doing your own thing is the new stylish.

People change their mind, their vision. “τὰ πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει" (Ta panta rhei kai ouden menei) Plato once wrote. That everything flows and does not remain the same, is therefore the point of departure for the Don’t Believe Everything you Read T-shirt. Whatever people write about you, the truth is not written in stone.

On the YOLO-shirt the You Only Live Once-concept clashes with the Buddhist promise of reincarnation. Since the image of the Dalai Lama combined with the acronym contrasts a reflective and thoughtful existence with today's fast-paced lifestyle.

Eighties kids are familiar with the animation series Jem & the Holograms from their youth, a younger audience will be able to see it soon in a film remake, due to hit screens later this year. Buntinx made this Jem and the holograms Bag in response to the film.

A Roof Over Your Head: With his Tuscan roof tile motif this large, square umbrella will provide you with a (temporary) roof over your head. What is more, a sturdy roof, as it was made in windy and rainy Scotland.

Kristof Buntinx pampers rain-shunning art lovers with The Last Judgement, a dome-shaped umbrella after Vasari’s fresco in the Duomo in Florence. Walking in the rain has never been so much funs under this heavenly canopy.

The box: These box-shaped shoes are not for the shy and retiring but embody Buntinx’ belief in the invention of your own system: hence don’t think out of the box but think the box. These leather shoes were produced by the Dutch shoemaker René van den Berg, who has made shoes for Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Thierry Mugler.

COLLECTION NOW

‘Collection Now’, as the designer has called his new series of designs, consists of six unisex T-shirts, three men's ensembles with shirts, trousers, shorts and a coat that can be tailor-made, a pair of shoes, two umbrellas and a bag. Prices vary from 120 euros for a T-shirt to 2,000 euros for a bespoke trouser-shirt combo.
The full SS16 collection is for sale now on Buntinx’ brand-new online store. “By selling online I am able to capitalise on my ideas much faster,” he justifies his unusually early date of sale, “I don't see why buyers should have to wait a full season for my designs.”

Credits: Photography: Pieter De Smedt-Jans. Camera: Liesbeth De Mey. Editing: Steve Wauters/VDJ Castor. Assistant: Alessandra Gregori. Hair: Daniel Weidner. Model: Kristof Buntinx. Designer: Kristof Buntinx.