I have always been a fan of Antwerp designers. I haven’t been to Belgium as yet, but I hope to go soon and discover what that secret ingredient exists which makes these designers so off beat (I would usually go for avant garde here…but that goes without saying!)
The Royal Academy Of Fine Arts in Antwerp has produced quite a few notable designers and artists, and it was in these studios that the Antwerp Six, Vincent Van Gogh and Maison Martin Margiela found themselves.
I have always loved Christian’s work, his designs are clean, often minimalistic , and usually let them talk for themselves, but I must say his latest collection has the drama captured by the talented Michael Hemy, who has shot for Louis Vuitton , Dazed and Confused Japan etc.
The collection itself is inspired by by Gerhard Richter’s Over painted Photographs, which explains the over layering of the photographs
The subtle animal motives and prints layer themselves over graphical elements in clean and sharp key pieces, of course the big alpaca cape is something worth dying for.
Known for his knit dresses, there are quite a few chunky knits in subtle colours which could be a key piece in every woman’s wardrobe.
The colours are warm and subtle, and stay within the same colour family, as Christian puts it, he wants to capture serenity and beautiful colors compositions of Victor Pasmore in his collection.
All Images: Christian Wijnants