Giving a severe and sometimes sexual reference a much more playful take is what Walter Van Beirendonck does best and this upcoming spring collection will take us on some distorted fairytale; a fusion of Alice in Wonderland with the quirky-off characteristics of Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat.
We saw hats (a recurring key accessory the season’s in collections), bowies (the playful classic), and how casual did that S&M rope tying look? That neon rope graphic tee will be a strong contender for graphic tee of the season.
The colorful palette, another key component in past collections, seemed to have been flushed down the rabbit hole. Pastel neons were sprinkled on top hats that started to resemble elaborate fondant cakes for kids, but for Mr. Beirendonck it was mundane, focusing on the promotion of a longer-cuff white shir that peaked more than normal from the sleeve of the jackets. The long tuxedo shirt projected the wings of an insect.
Words by Raul Guerrero
photos by JP Singson