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The three cities of Richard Haines for this summer

Hablamos con el ilustrador de moda Richard Haines sobre sus últimos viajes. Cuando nos imaginamos sus trayectos, no podemos hacerlo de otra manera que no sea a partir de sus trazos. Libreta en mano, Haines no pierde detalle de cualquier movimiento que acontezca en la ciudad.

En el norte de Bélgica nos encontramos Amberes, una ciudad que ha sabido unir tradición con modernidad. “Acabo de volver de Amberes y me ha enamorado! Hay una sensibilidad hacia el diseño que no existe en ningún otro lugar.” Visitamos el MUHKA, el Museo de Arte Moderno de Amberes, para descubrir uno de los nuevos centros creativos de la ciudad. Separado del centro histórico, las calles que unen el museo con la Onze Lieve Vrouwekathdraal están repletas de tiendas de autor y bares de diseño.

En la bahía japonesa crece continuamente la capital nipona. “Me gusta mucho Tokyo, es una ciudad muy moderna y dinámica… ¡Y su cocina es maravillosa!” En medio de la metrópolis se alzan los rascacielos en la ciudad de Akihabara, una unión de avenidas repletas de vallas publicitarias donde empresarios y jóvenes japoneses recorren los gigantescos cruces.

El recorrido de Haines no podía acabar en otro lugar. “La tercera ciudad es París porque no me canso nunca de ella.” Todos los rincones de la capital francesa respiran un aire únicos; cuando paseamos por sus calles nos transportamos a la reforma urbanística que sufrió París en el siglo XIX. Para vivir de nuevo esta época nos adentramos en la Ópera Garnier, uno de los teatros de ópera más importantes de Europa donde han pasado los mejores intérpretes.We have talked with the fashion illustrator Richard Haines about his last trips. When we imagine his journeys, we couldn’t do it otherwise than with his drawings. Notebook on hand, Haines doesn’t lose any detail of any movement that happens around the city.

In the north of Belgium we find Antwerp, a city that knows how to join tradition and modernity. “I just came back from Antwerp, and absolutely loved it! There is a sensibility there in design that is unlike any other country – I’m still trying to define it, but can’t put my finger on it yet.” We visit the MUHKA, the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp, to discover one of the new creative centers of the city. Separated of the historical center, the streets that link the museum with the Onze Lieve Vrouwekathdraal are full of renowned boutiques and designer bars.

In the Japanese bay, its capital grows continuously. “I also like Tokyo, which is such a modern, dynamic city – and the food – amazing!” In the middle of the metropolis, skyscrapers are raised in the city of Akihabara, a bond of avenues full of billboards where businessmen and young Japanese people walk through the gigantic crosses.

Haines’ tour couldn’t end elsewhere. “My third city… I will have to say Paris, because I can never get enough of it.” Every corner of the French capital breathes unique air. When we walk around the streets we see the urban reform that Paris suffered in the XIX century. To live again this period, we entered to the Opera Garnier, one of the most important theatres in Europe where the best performers have passed through this beautiful place.We have talked with the fashion illustrator Richard Haines about his last trips. When we imagine his journeys, we couldn’t do it otherwise than with his drawings. Notebook on hand, Haines doesn’t lose any detail of any movement that happens around the city.

In the north of Belgium we find Antwerp, a city that knows how to join tradition and modernity. “I just came back from Antwerp, and absolutely loved it! There is a sensibility there in design that is unlike any other country – I’m still trying to define it, but can’t put my finger on it yet.” We visit the MUHKA, the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp, to discover one of the new creative centers of the city. Separated of the historical center, the streets that link the museum with the Onze Lieve Vrouwekathdraal are full of renowned boutiques and designer bars.

In the Japanese bay, its capital grows continuously. “I also like Tokyo, which is such a modern, dynamic city – and the food – amazing!” In the middle of the metropolis, skyscrapers are raised in the city of Akihabara, a bond of avenues full of billboards where businessmen and young Japanese people walk through the gigantic crosses.

Haines’ tour couldn’t end elsewhere. “My third city… I will have to say Paris, because I can never get enough of it.” Every corner of the French capital breathes unique air. When we walk around the streets we see the urban reform that Paris suffered in the XIX century. To live again this period, we entered to the Opera Garnier, one of the most important theatres in Europe where the best performers have passed through this beautiful place.

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