Walter Van Beirendonck Spring 2011
“… Walter Van Beirendonck is fearless in his assault on fashion orthodoxy. He’s militant too, except that the designer’s burly, bearded army takes aim at what he sees as fashion’s close-mindedness dressed in pink and plaid and combat shorts with a pie-crust frill, all together in the same outfit and wrapped in a big pink bow.
But Van Beirendonck’s seriousness of purpose is quite clear. His new collection was called Read My Skin, and it included a pastel-colored group of suits, shirts, and shorts “scarified” with words like “fear,” “faith,” and “hope,” alongside slogans like “PoetsUnite.” The results were anything but didactic. The scarification created an effect similar to broderie anglaise, which, in tandem with the powder pink and blue, was disconcertingly pretty. “
“Disconcertingly pretty” just about sums it up, we’d say. We can’t say any of it appeals to us personally, but it’s fun and we’re all for anyone who’s “fearless in his assault on fashion orthodoxy.” Besides, the guys are hot and we love the juxtaposition of the rough looking men in the dandified clothes. As a show, it’s perfect. We’re just not totally sold on the clothes.