Walter Van Beirendonck is still a tornado. His newest collection was inspired by “Wild is the Wind” – a very famous song title covered by Nina Simon, David Bowie and many others.
Walter Van Beirendonck is just as wild and trashy as I remember him from my early fashion school years. He himself is a teacher at the fashion school in Antwerp and helped many talents like Raf Simons and Demna Gvasalia on their way.
Walter Van Beirendonck – Wild is the Wind
The collection was loud and colourful themed with some aggressive statements like “Hell to the Liars!”. Maybe that’s a political message? Van Beirendonck deconstructed jackets – bringing a colourful skeleton structure to the outside. He even included a skeleton print – so it seems the morbidity was a fundamental inspiration for this collection.
Birds and Donkey prints bring a softer side, which is a good contradiction to the otherwise harsher messages and cuts. My favourite part was the new collaboration with one of my beloved eyewear brands FakbyFak.
Supershiny croc-style plateau shoes completed the looks – and were maybe also inspired by the classic wooden slippers called “Klompen” we know from the Netherlands? They are definitely here to fulfil the hunger to get the most attention while fashion weeks streetstyle madness.
On the other hand Van Beirendonck showed very classic retro suede sneakers – some in an over-knee version, which reminds me of Glenn Martens’ over-knee Uggs. As flashy as the whole collection looks there are really awesome pieces like an highly constructed classical jacket, which will definitely give your wardrobe an upgrade.
Video by me.