Christian Wijnants, who decided to forgo a runway show after opening his first freestanding store last month in his hometown of Antwerp, was in an arty mood for spring. He referenced Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s atelier in Paris, yielding a terrific lineup of textural clothes.
In lieu of sculptural shapes, however, the collection was more about subtle fabric treatment, often with a crafty, handmade effect. Wijnants kept silhouettes as easy and delicate as possible — such as column dresses decorated with bands of hand-shredded and fringed fabrics in shades of whites and beige with just an accent of orange, yellow or peachy pink, plus thin stripes of black Swarovski crystal. The same crystals were used as pointillist touches on organza T-shirt dresses with little fringes as delicate as eyelashes. On daywear his textural story was subtler: a fil coupé effect for black tops and pants, and on creamy knit sweaters.