Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Walter Van Beirendonck

Plaid, Pleated, Pocketed, Perforated Hope

Mr. Van Beirendonck had something to say per usual and continued what could be described as a playfully subversive approach to menswear. He always seems to present his vision which at times undermines certain norms. Take example his casting, almost always he includes men of differing size and color. This season he continued to show pockets on pockets- some of which spelled out hope, some that seemed to serve no functional purpose, and some purposefully placed to hint some sort of utility or military influence. On that note, I thought the play with pleating and pockets reminded me at times of cartridge belts. All things considered, while the show can seem silly I think that there is an underlying message pertaining to global awareness. If so, this is just another example of Walter’s genius.