Dare to indulge!
All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalized for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.
This season, I celebrate epicurean goddess Julia Child and raise my glass to her appetite for love, life and luscious food. ”We should enjoy food and have fun,” the formidable mistress of French cooking used to say, ”It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.” And indeed, prowling her (TV-)kitchen like a lanky lioness, whisking and chatting with infectious enthusiasm, Julia showed millions of women that, rather than a dreary domestic burden, cooking can be a sensual, luxurious and spiritually sustaining activity. The message? Live and cook fearlessly, and your Boeuf Bourguignon will be a succulent expression of (self)love.
Julia Child was a true feminine feminist. After a life-changing meal of oysters and sole meunière in Rouen -which she described as an ‘an opening up of the soul and spirit’- Julia enrolled at the Cordon Bleu as the only woman student. There, she embarked on a brave mission: to reclaim the traditional ‘feminine’ activity of cooking as an empowering art form for modern women, just like Coco Chanel had done for clothes-making. With each of her recipes, Julia showed us that the world is -quite literally- our oyster. ‘Dare to dream, to grow, to be,’ she continues to urge us, ‘and don’t forget to do it with gusto!’
My new Couture collection is designed for women with an appetite. Indulge your lust for life in a delicious contrast of formfitting black and finger-licking white. Classic apron-inspired details, trimmed with a delicate filigree lace frill, will get your creative juices flowing. Wear my ‘Déesse de la Cuisine’ couture collection and dare to indulge! As Julia herself would have said: Bon appetit, toujours!
Governed by NO ONE
Flame-haired, brave-hearted and always dressed to dazzle, Elizabeth the First, also known as England’s ‘Virgin Queen’, is one of the most unforgettable women in history. Her glorious reign is known as The Golden Age ~ a period that saw the birth of Shakespeare, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the emergence of England as a world power. It lasted almost 45 years; Elizabeth’s legacy as a feminist icon however, has already spanned nearly 5 centuries. “My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”
Only 11 days after he beheaded his second wife (the flamboyant Anne Boleyn), King Henry VIII married a pale, fair-haired maiden called Jane Seymour. Who exactly was this girl, and what had made the king so besotted with her? To this day, historians don’t quite know what to make of her.
Glamour, the magical power of persuasion
“Dare to be the CEO of your own career”
Who run this (digital) world? For Saskia Van Uffelen, the answer to that question is crystal clear: women. And what better role model for these women than the passionate CEO of Ericsson Belux herself? Named ICT Woman of the Year in 2011, Belgian-born Saskia is a great inspiration -not only as a digital visionary but also as a top manager who gracefully combines a hectic job with a family of five children. “In disruptive times, we need women.”