It was a bit of a niche brand until last December, when Netflix released the trailer for the third season of Emily in Paris. Fans spotted Emily wearing one of the Antwerp brand’s bright, floppy sweaters. Not once (at 3 secs), but again (at 18 secs) and again (24 secs).
Just a few seconds into the song, Africans and European stood up and began dancing to the beat of Congolese rumba. The lyrics (in Lingala and French) celebrated the imminent independence of the Congo guaranteed by the talks.
On 30 January 1964, Le Soir newspaper announced that the Maison du Peuple ‘is definitely condemned.’ It was the end of a long battle to save Victor Horta’s 1890s masterpiece, possibly the world’s greatest Art Nouveau building.