Capital of Cool

When Belgian fashion first strutted onto the international catwalks in the early '80s, Antwerp took the credit—and rightly so. It was graduates of that city's fashion school—Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Walder van Beirendonck, Dirk van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee, a.k.a. the Antwerp Six—who were forging a distinctive deconstructionist style, a world away from Belgium's moules-frites-and-cherry-beer reputation. But today it's Brussels—and its Quartier Dansaert—that's ŕ la mode. At 74 Rue Antoine Dansaert is Stijl—the shop that began the revolution, tel: (32-2) 512 0313. Until 10 years ago, cheap rents and the store's not-so-cheap Flemish clothes were probably the only...

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