From underwear to accessories, our selection of fashion showstoppers are as timeless as they are light-hearted.

Photography by Ismaël Moumin

01. Penny for your style

Belgian-born Diane von Fürstenberg knows women. Her upbeat energy, passion for life and positive attitude shape her work. She likes to empower her customers and caters to her desires and aspirations. With talented Frenchman Yvan Mispelaere now at the helm as creative director, new blood keeps flowing through the house’s many lines. This fresh direction stands out in DvF’s accessories, including her gorgeous handbags that are stylish, yet remain functional. This season, the Penny is a must-have. With its jazzy colours, roomy size, soft feel and playful pattern, it puts a cheeky smile on our sun-starved faces. (PP)

Penny leather bag by DvF (€1,100).
Available from Diane von Furstenberg (Brussels and Antwerp).
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02. Inside out

Rarely seen on the outside, let alone regarded as an object of aesthetic value, artificial pace- makers have been saving lives since the late 50s. It should come as no surprise that with a cardiologist father and years spent working in a morgue during his architecture studies, young jewellery maker Michael Guérisse O’Leary would become fascinated with these simple yet vital medical devices. Diverting it from its conventional use, he turns these recycled sterling silver and titanium lifesavers into brooches. Limited to a five-edition run, each Pulse Generator is as precious and unique as the organ they once served.

Pulse Generator brooch by Michael Guérisse O’Leary and Philippe Humbeeck (price upon request).
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03. Lady and the tramp

The name may be misleading, but Lady Violette is underwear for guys. Don’t expect scary fishnet or see-through lycra. The recently graduated Anne- Julie Wesel introduces her line this season, which is made out of soft bamboo cotton. Inspired by old-school styles – such as kangaroo briefs, fitted tank tops and contrasting trims – her vision of men’s undies is both playful and ironic. Choosing traditional toile de Jouy motifs depicting erotic scenes from Belgian artist Felicien Rops’ etchings as her only print, this first collection combines textile tradition with a sense of playful refinement. And with fabric this smooth, don’t be surprised if your very own Lady suddenly nicks your favourite pieces from your drawer. (PP)

Lady Violette underwear (between €45 and €50).
Available from Blender (Brussels).
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04. And Chauncey created womanswear

It’s no secret we have a soft spot for Brussels- based knitwear brand Chauncey. Their minimalist yet stylish designs, backed by impeccable craftsmanship and top-notch quality yarn, carry everything one could ever dream of from a jumper. Our only damper came from the fact that Nathalie Bouhana’s designs catered to an exclusively male clientele so far. Imagine our joy, then, to find out that she has decided to expand to womanswear for this spring. The line sees navy polo’s, cute Bermuda shorts, classic cardi’s and, our personal favourite, a gorgeous knit dress that comes in black and grey – sturdy in appearance yet subtle in feel.

Knitted linen and cotton dress by Chauncey (€365).
Available from Mapp (Brussels).
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With thanks to Françoise Salinger.