Belgian takeover in New York
The Belgian style maven nails the fashion week look dressed in her favourite pieces from H&M’s Conscious Exclusive AW19.
Based in Antwerp, Belgium but always on the road for work and inspiration, Sofie Valkiers touched base in New York for Fashion Week. Between being a full-time mum, creating content for her blog and Instagram account and launching her own jewellery collection, Sofie took time to answer some questions for H&M Magazine about life, inspiration and Antwerp, a true fashion capital!
WHAT THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BELGIAN FASHION?
Belgian Fashion is very authentic and creative. The Royal Fashion Academy of Antwerp played a very important role in our history. What started with the success of the Antwerp Six has now evolved into a new generation of talent…. it’s so exciting to watch! I can sit outside the Academy for hours and just watch the students go in and out. For me, Belgian fashion is all about a unique vision, quality and high level of craftsmanship.
FAVOURITE BELGIAN STYLE ICON?
Hanne Gaby Odiele! She’s a Belgian topmodel and she has amazing style! She’s a little bit tomboyish and wears whatever she wants… so cool!
THE TOP 3 MUST-SEE FASHION PLACES IN ANTWERP?
The Dries Van Noten flagship store, the MOMU (the Mode Museum) and the diamond district.
FAVOURITE AW19 TRENDS
Colossal coats (the bigger the better!!!), shoes with a squared tip and anything purple!
YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: THE TYPICAL SOFIE VALKIERS SIGNATURE LOOK
Creative, feminine and colourful.
MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
The star earrings that I created for my jewellery brand. My mother would always wear these vintage diamond star earrings and they were so beautiful and classic that I always wanted to recreate them. They are handmade in 18K gold with diamonds in our atelier in Antwerp.
MOST PLAYED SONG ON YOUR SPOTIFY?
Brazilian Soul (the acoustic Bossa Nova version) – my boyfriend is Brazilian so we always have Brazilian music playing in our house.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM DESTINATION TO TRAVEL TO?
Rio de Janeiro!
BEST STYLING TRICK?
Add a touch of diamonds to a simple look!
WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTH?
Mmm, difficult! I would go for a typical Flemish dish that my dad would make (he’s a chef!) – perhaps mussels with Belgian fries?
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF GOING TO FASHION WEEK?
The vibe and the inspiration! I also love to see all my colleagues again after the summer holidays. September also feels a little bit ‘back to school’ for me… so much fun!
BEST TRICK FOR FULL FASHIONISTAS WITH KIDS?
Go for comfy shoes! You need to be able to run and play with your kids so ditch the super high heels. Luckily there are tons of stylish flat shoes for this season!
Follow Sofie Valkiers' adventures on her page @sofievalkiers.