Christian Wijnants’ first resort collection was directly inspired by his first flagship store, set to open September 8 in Antwerp. The 1,184-square-foot space, designed by Swedish architect Andreas Bozarth Fornell (the guy behind most Acne Studios stores), will play on the contrast between artificial and natural. For example, high-tech fabrics, such as Plexiglas and polyester, will mix with raw and natural elements, like cork and even herbarium specimens as wall coverings.
The lineup had a charming ease. Flat floral motifs influenced the collection’s prints, including abstract flowers that looked like they had been doodled on the fabric appeared on silk crepe, jacquard and textural knitwear. Crafty 3-D crochet flowers applied on dresses and tops were mixed with waxed cotton unlined parkas and shorts in a slightly strange bubble-gum pink color. The tension of natural/artificial continued in a simple, minimal cream sweater in linen yarn finished with white nylon ribbing, and a cocooned double-face jersey kimono coat in a linen and nylon blend.