|It's just fashion...
||[Apr. 3rd, 2015|09:03 pm]
|[||Tags|||||cat, cult party kei, drink, egl, fashion, jfashion, jfashion meet, lolita, meet, momu, museum, otome, otome kei, outfit, photo of the day||]|
Because my plans last Sunday (29.3.2015) fell through and Bert pointed out I should see if there were alternatives to do so I wouldn't mope around the house all day, I texted my friend Lora to see if she was still going to the J-fashion meet in Antwerp.
Seeing she was, I decided to take the train and join her.
Liesa, Julie, Lora and Sári were already there when I arrived.
Because it was raining and windy like you wouldn't believe, the original plan for a picnic in the park was of course binned, so instead we opted for lunch in the cozy larger of the two Panos eateries on the ground floor :)
It has plenty of room, and a good choice of pastries and sandwiches for a decent price so it was an excellent choice :)
We stuck around for quite a while after we were done eating, but it was ok because it wasn't crowed enough for us to be in the way. I guess that the horrible weather kept people in their houses.
Because Julie didn't have an umbrella with her, we opted for taking the tram to the Groenplaats, from which the MoMu (fashion museum) is only a very short walk.
It had been since the Walter Van Beirendonck retrospective some years ago that I had gone to the fashion museum, and I suddenly remember why.
For an establishment that prides itself for being an international instution of fashion, they are so pretentious and narrow minded when it comes to fashion they don't know, or that isn't currently popular. It was really quite clear by the point blank unfriendly behaviour by the woman at the desk that we were not the desired clientel, and she started off by bitching and moaning about the fact that, shock, horror, FIVE people wanted to each by their ticket. Because heaven forbid, she'd have to *gasp* do her job. Which she did, in an extremey grouchy and unfriendly manner.
Not only is the charge for +26 adults far too high for what it is (you get a 30 minute time slot, although I don't think that's actually enforced at all) and basically, before that time is passed you'll have seen everything because frankly, there's not that much to see :(
I really did enjoy seeing the pieces by Dries Van Noten, there was some really cool stuff in there, and the presentation was nice, but it was over far too quickly really.
And even though the MoMu advertises having a permanent collection, in reality they don't really, they just have one small area with traditional garb from several countries and cultures and that's it.
We did double check, and when I enquired at the ticket desk/reception, I got told there was no permanent collection in a tone that suggested we should just leave already.
Apparently in Belgium when institutions and towns claim they are fashion hotspots, they mean "fashion as is socially acceptable" not "we are open minded, even to fashions we're not familiar with at all".
We did manage to take photos because we wandered up some random stairs and no one seemed to care enough to check what we were up to and tell us to go away. Huzzah :)
It's far from the best location, but considering the weather and the limited options the MoMu had to offer, we went with what we could find.
Julie was super adorable in her cult party kei outfit.
The forever awesome Lora.
Sári hasn't got a real lolita outfit yet, so instead of showing up in regular fashions, or giving the meet a miss, she decided to wear a more Goth style outfit because it would at least fit better at a J-fashion meet than regular clothes. I agree with her. And frankly, we all had to start somewhere :)
Liesa in an awesome electric blue dress. The camera does no justice to the shade at all :(
My outfit, photo by Liesa.
Beret: ebay seller
Necklace: Atelier Tausandschön
Skirt: made it myself
Petticoats: American Apparel and Dear Celine
I was in a rush getting ready to go out, so I forgot most of my accessories, boo!
We found some super kind girls that were happy to take a group shot for us. Thank you kind fellow MoMu visitors!
We had taken two lockers (you get the money back you put in so whatever), one to hang our umbrellas in, and one for other stuff. Originally Liesa had warned me (I was keeping the keys) that our stuff would probably fall out because we crammed so much in it but in the end she had packed the locker way better than she thought because it was fine (yes i opened it and completely forgot her warning, so it's a good thing she underestimated her packing skills ^^).
Because it wasn't late at all (I think we spend maybe 40 minutes in total at the MoMu) we decided to go for a drink at Quetzal. And luckily, there was even a table free.
Photo of the day: 29.3.2015 (day 88)
Oreo miilkshake. I try to avoid Monsanto products like the plague, but I have a weak spot for Oreos. The ones sold in Europe are at least GMO free, so that's something (if they weren't, I wouldn't touch them anymore).
Liesa had to leave early because her public transport connection is a bit sketchy on Sundays, and when we eventually made our way to the station it was a good thing it stopped raining as the wind brutally murdered Sári's umbrella. Luckily there was a large bin nearby to neatly dump it in :)
On the way, I suddenly noticed a cat behind the window of a closed café trying to get our attention. And attention it got, a plenty. It seemed to be very pleased.
I didn't feel like finding either of my cameras in my backpack, so I took some crappy pictures with my phone instead.
At the station it turned out that Lora and I had to wait nearly an hour for our next train, so we went to have french fries at the little station chip shop :)
Neither Lora nor I were very hungry, so we shared a small pack of fries :)
And then after a while it was time for Lora and I go get the train and say goodbye to the others (half of Lora's journey is the same as mine).
I have loads more photos, which are all here.