Persia’s rich cultural heritage continues to influence Christian Wijnants, leading the Belgian designer to a continuation of his past several seasons with his summer’s mix of florals in neutral and light tones, on breezy fabrics and denim.
Wijnants’ woman continued her itinerary through Persia, this time collecting ceramics, paintings and poetry along the way. Floaty dresses were scattered with flowers, while scarves, a big element in this lineup, could be found accessorizing looks but also in the handkerchief hems, expressing a vision of a traveler’s mutable wardrobe. They also lent an air of breezy delicacy — femininity as a mirage, perhaps.
Airiness was offset by precious touches, such as embroideries, metallic jacquards and jewelry designed for Wijnants by Marion Vidal. Words in Farsi cropped up across chests or along a trouser leg. Backstage, the designer revealed them to be “love,” “forgiveness” and stanzas of poetry — “for a more positive view of the region,” he said.
The catchier pieces were denim jackets and trousers with a frayed floral pattern on their surface; a dungaree wrap dress paired with a peasant blouse, and boxy jackets and shirts, great slipped into paper-bag trousers.
Wijnants doesn’t subscribe to the tabula rasa vision of a new season; this consistent approach in shapes and patterns breeds familiarity and gave his flowers the charm of perennials.