A splash of...Warhol,
a cloud of... Magritte, and voilà!
The classic, otherwise conservative Brillant handbag becomes surreally pop. creative blend of old and new.
Delvaux shop window in Bruges, Belgium.
While returning home on a Saturday evening, a gaze at the elegant display window of the Bruges shop in Wollestraatgave me the push to delve into Delvaux. The bags sitting lightly on clouds like divine figures made the setting seem serene, dreamy, catchy and appealing to my senses in a fresh, young and adventurous manner.
After digging into earlier models, I realized that the influence of painting movements, but also the use of modern elements, was more than obvious in both their designs and presentation. Vibrant and girly colors, romantic pinks and vivid fuchsias, luxurious croco leather realizations, nearly rock metallic details balanced on tender patent saumon, tie-dye effects, as well as playful allusions to the trendy sushi culture seem to be a creative attempt to reinvent THE bag and reach out to a contemporary and younger public.
A tribute to Japan?
What struck me as the most intellectually interesting piece, though, was the bag inspired by Magritte's painting 'Treachery of Images'. A bit of playful surrealism added on a strict classic black background resulted into a clear, direct, statement item, bold enough to engage the American showbiz scene. Chapeau, Rihanna! This surely IS a Delvaux!