Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note
Discover Benelux Issue 45, September 2017 Published 09.2017 ISSN 2054-7218 Published by Scan Group Print Liquid Graphic Ltd Executive Editor Thomas Winther Creative Director Mads E. Petersen Editor Anna Villeleger Copy-editor Isa Hemphrey Graphic Designer Mercedes Moulia Contributors Bas van Duren Bettina Guirkinger Charlotte van Hek Ella Put
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4 | Issue 45 | September 2017
It is that time of year again. I hope you had a restful summer and that this month’s back-to-school vibe is inspiring you to make a fresh start rather than invoking the holiday blues. Be it in your wardrobe, your home or at work, our September issue has plenty to offer those looking to shake things up a little. We are kicking things off with a bumper business special, which includes an interview with Carlo Thelen, director general and chief economist at Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, for those of you who are still in holiday mode, do not miss our guide to the beautiful Belgian town of Bruges. Where better than the ‘Venice of the North’ for a spontaneous weekend getaway? Our cover star this month is the inimitable Dutch supermodel Lara Stone. A perennial star of the global fashion scene, Stone grew up in Dutch town of Mierlo and was discovered on a family holiday in Paris at the age of 12. She has walked the catwalk for the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, while her rare beauty and undeniable charisma have made her a muse to countless designers. Now more than a decade into her career, Stone discusses everything from selfies to her trademark pout on page 48. From muse to artist, this issue we also have a fascinating in-depth feature on Michaelina Wautier, a 17th-century Flemish painter who until recently had been unfairly omitted from art history. Fortunately, the Rubenshuis in Antwerp will be holding an exhibition next year dedicated to the long-forgotten creative as part of the Antwerp Baroque 2018: Rubens as an Inspiration programme. Head to page 74 to find out more. This issue also features a jampacked guide to the Netherlands’ top art and culture spots, with the exhibition season ahead looking particularly stimulating. We hope it inspires you as much as it does us. Happy reading!
Anna Villeleger, Editor
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