From the moment the first model walked out, it was clear why Christian Wijnants had just scooped up the prestigious International Woolmark Prize. The Belgian designer sent out a collection of voluminously sculpted knits — unicolored or shibori-dyed in zesty colors of tangerine and golden yellow. The chunky sweater dress that put Wijnants on the map was a show-stopper but it didn’t stop there. In an impressive display of technique, the designer proposed a series of layered looks fusing waistcoats with loosely belted wraps that looked fresh and modern, giving the clothes an insouciant air and the designer a round of applause.

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