While a cold snap hit Belgium, Glenn Martens and Walter Van Beirendonck already presented their winter 2017-2018 menswear collection in Paris. A short overview.
Walter Van Beirendonck
He who says Walter Van Beirendonck, thinks bright colours, graphic figures and a heartfelt message. That’s why you don’t really expect a collection called ‘Black’, do you? ‘Black’ refers to the dark times we are living in. So, the director of the Antwerp fashion academy wants to heal the world with rituals and animals.
And to do so, the fashion designer of Antwerp called in the Austrian band Seidä Pass, a group of creepy creatures with devil masks and a witch. If I didn’t know any better, I definitely would make a run for it. But they are actually quite peaceloving, chasing the evil spirits away in order to welcome the new spring.
And the collection? Quite cheerful really. Perfect to get through the darkest period of the year, I think. Suits with bear prints, faces covered with colourful scarves and eye-catching giant gloves, what appeared as if the models had mile-long arms.
Creative director Glenn Martens, originating from beautiful Bruges (Belgium) but currently living in the City Of Lights, is considered by Vogue the forefront of the Parisian new guard. A very nice compliment.
The combination of French chic and Britisch cool goes down well with the fashion press. And this time was no different. The abundant layers of fabric of the trousers with curved lines are probably not so practical for biking, but they’re definitely cool. Fashion with a twist.
And the chic part? That shows in the tailoring, the fabrics and the scarves. Yes, you read it right. Scarves again. Only this time -looking a lot like deluxe football scarves – with images of emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his dearly beloved Joséphine de Beauharnais, or king Henry VIII together with his second (of the six) wife Anne Boleyn.