Fashion shows are great, but a really nice look book and a quiet showroom presentation are perfectly fine, too. Presented in a gallery, Christian Wijnants’ charming collection was an evolution of his Seventies-influenced pre-fall, informed by childhood travels to the Swiss mountains.
He etched that decade with his minimalist touch, working wonders with stripes by mixing them on the same silhouettes in rich hues of orange, rust, nude pink and soft greens. He kept his shapes loose, comfy and simple — playing more with texture and repetitive motifs. For example, black Swarovski crystals were used for a brush-stroke motif peppering cream coats and pantsuits.
Wijnants cited Nordic influences for hand-knit wool sweaters with a stylized snow flakes pattern. Indeed, the whole collection exalted a Nordic aesthetic, its ease and graphic visual impact bringing to mind an upscale version of Marimekko style.