For his debut men’s collection, Christian Wijnants focused on a house specialty: knitwear.
“For me, the men’s wear had to be what I liked in women’s wear as well: something soft, colorful and easy — nothing too hard,” he said. In addition to conveying comfort, the designer’s collection of jacquard and intarsia knits were bright, tasteful and original. He drew inspiration from Uzbekistan during the Silk Road era for the textured pieces that reflected his mastery of colors and patterns.
A bright blue and white sweater had a large-hexagon pattern. Reflecting his eye for detail, the pattern continued, uninterrupted, along the arms when held to the sides of the body.
Wijnants applied a three-dimensional pattern of stylized flowers to a white sweater, and another one in pale blue. Green was also present, which he used for a solid piece, a tubular knit — made from a whole-garment machine for seamlessness.
While there was a bit of crossover with the women’s collection in terms of patterns, he selected most of the colors exclusively for the men’s line. “Obviously we have some more safe colors,” he said. Safe, but not boring.