Bulge-baring men were not the only accent shown on the runway. Beirendonck decided to offer a pop of colour – a trend coveted by most this season.
Easter-like hues of pink and green brought a refreshing palette and a utilitarian jumpsuit (see right image above) is something I need to have immediately. Walter used texture to make an impact as well, updating a typical golf shirt with mesh panels to show off a signature W and shorts or pants in a crocodile print. WVB has fun with his designs, not focusing on trend pieces, but surprising audiences with wearable creations, with interesting details.
Beirendonck used accessories with good humour, accented by spikes atop the frame and a smokey plastic unibrow. Even if you are not one to show off, there is a pair (middle photo) that sits nicely on the face (if you have a larger head, you will know that finding glasses can be difficult) with no extra details. Despite being a designer looking to show how fun design can be, he really has thought of pieces to suit any man from the close-minded conservative to the in-your-face fashion diva.
My favourite piece was a seafoam quilted jacket, which I can see paired with a lightweight shirt, like above – my only switch would be to incorporate a darker short or pant, to offer some contrast to the ensemble. If you were to pair this jacket with a black short or well-fitted dark denim, the colour would stand out more. Here it is muted slightly by the ho hum short.
This summer, colour really is the answer to your troubles. Sure, it is hot and who wants to spend time piecing together an outfit, but Walter Van Beirendonck shows us that making a statement can be quite simple. Add a colourful pop to your wardrobe to add impact — it is like Opening Ceremony says, “go balls out.” Maybe not as boldly as Beirendonck would like (see above), but don’t be afraid to colour your world.